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  • Writer's picturePastor Gary

December 3rd Worship Program

Welcome to Church!

We're so glad to have you worship with us as we begin the season of Advent this weekend. As we gather, I want to make sure you know how grateful we are to have you worship with us. It's a blessing to explore the hope, joy, love, and peace of Advent alongside friends and neighbors.

This weekend, we continue our study of the early church in Acts as we consider Peter and John’s confident hope following their arrest for preaching Jesus.. It’s an inspiring and challenging story that has great applications for our lives today.

After the service, we will have a short information meeting, but before that starts, take a few minutes to engage friends and neighbors in conversation, or spend some time in prayer. We hope you find our church is not just a place of worship but a community of support and love.

Thank you for being a part of our family today. My prayer is that our time together in worship would be a source of inspiration, reflection, and connection in your relationship with Jesus. If you have any questions or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. My office telephone is 410-639-2144, or just use the question cards in each pew.

Richest Blessings!

Pastor Gary Priddy

Order of Worship:

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship

Prayers of the People


Acts 4:1-22

Living a Hope Filled Life

Pastor Gary Priddy

Prayer of Confession

Holy Communion

Next Steps

Find practical ways you can take a first “next step” in your faith journey on our website. Just go to

Closing Worship Benediction

Life is much more than an accident. Wherever I go, I believe God needs me there. Wherever I am, I trust God has put me there. He has a purpose for me being there -

Christ, alive in me, wants to do something through me, no matter where I am.

I believe this and go in His grace and His love and His power.

If you would like someone to pray with you, please come and meet one of our ministry leaders at the end of the service.

Songs for Worship

O Come all Ye Faithful

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Build My Life

Holy is His Name

Message Text

Living a Hope Filled Life

Acts 4:1-22

Too good to be true

‌Acts 4:1–22

Lessons from Opposition:

Lesson 1: Sometimes OBEDIENCE brings OPPOSITION.

‌Luke 12:11–12

Lesson 2: Opposition may not be our COST, but be our REWARD.

‌Luke 21:10–15

Lesson 3: Let’s pray for more MINISTRY, not just less MISERY.

‌Romans 5:3–5

The key to a truly good life:

‌If the good life means no problems, then our life won’t ALWAYS BE GOOD;

But if good means GLORIFYING GOD, then life can never really BE BAD.

‌Romans 8:28

‌‌‌1 Corinthians 10:31

‌‌‌Philippians 4:11-13

‌‌‌James 1:2-4

Unquenchable, courageous hope is a result of a Spirit-filled life.

Take it Home:

  1. Read Acts 4:1-12. What do you notice about Peter and John in this passage? What were these men teaching about Jesus? What do we learn about the Holy Spirit in this passage? Why do you think the early church grew so quickly?

  2. Read Acts 4:13-22. What did the religious leaders fear about the message of Peter and John? Is there anything about Peter and John that you can relate to as you read this story? What? If God could use these men, how do you suppose he could use you?

  3. The Rock Hall Community needs the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. What are some practical ways you could serve our city this week?


This Week's Announcements:

Meet with Pastor Gary Do you have a question or issue you need to discuss? Pastor Gary is available for pastoral counseling with individuals and couples To schedule, just Click “Meet with Pastor Gary” on our website

Prayer Request Policy Change In order to maintain a more current prayer list, we provide a copy of this past week’s prayer requests. Submit prayer requests using the prayer request cards in the pews or the digital prayer request form on our website: Please make sure you have permission to share other’s information.

Current Prayer Requests

  • Our children and youth ministries

  • Caregivers and first responders

  • People of Ukraine

  • Our nation’s leaders

  • Healing of our nation

  • Israel and the Middle East

  • People battling addictions

  • Single parents and their kids

  • Pastor Gary and family

  • Joe Holliday

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Karen & Mark Weller

  • Dean & Anna Mae Wood

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Elmer Gustafson

  • Marge Kelley

  • Rick Reedy

  • Sandy Scanlan

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

  • Pastor Bill Carroll

  • Rosemary Elburn

  • Cricket Hayes (PG’s Mom)

  • Kat Fithian

  • Jean Spence

  • Patricia Brow

Active Military & their families including:

  • Trevion Hopkins

  • Kyle Schauber

  • Brock Willey

  • Makenzie Williams

  • Steve McCarthy

  • Tristan Hague

  • Dakota Collison

  • Geoffrey Andersen

  • John Pettit

  • Jonathan Conner

  • Dante Spagnolo


  • Phyllis Dierker

  • Jackie Price Williams

  • Edna Cox

This week's prayer focus:

Join us in focused and specific prayer for our church, our community, and our world. Be prepared to see God do great things as we collectively turn to Him in prayer.

  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, grant boldness and opportunities for us to share the Gospel with others. Ephesians 6:19

  • Monday - Our Church: God, help us be financially responsible and good stewards of the blessings You’ve provided. Malachi 3:10

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, allow nothing to hinder our ministers and volunteers from Your calling on their lives. Nehemiah 6:3

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help us recognize the importance of first making disciples of Christ in our homes. Proverbs 22:6

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, we ask for your healing of the broken structures and systems in our community. 2 Chronicles 7:14

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people humbly submit to and honor those in authority over them. Ephesians 6:1-3

  • Saturday - Adults: God, cause our adults to humble themselves and seek Your face. 2 Chronicles 7:14

This week’s events:


8:30 am- Bible Studies @WCMC Hall

10:00 am - Weekend Worship @WCMC

11:15 am - Merger Information Meeting @WCMC Hall


6:30 pm - Women’s Bible Study at @The Robbin’s


7:00 pm - Small Group Bible Study @RHMC Hall


3:30 pm - Rock Solid Kids @ RHMC Hall

6:00 pm - Dinner @ RHMC Hall

6:30 pm - Youth @ RHMC Hall


6:00 pm - Choir @WCMC

7:00 pm - Worship Team Practice @WCMC


8:30 am- Bible Studies @WCMC Hall

10:00 am - Weekend Worship @WCMC

11:15 am - WC Church Conference @WCMC Hall

Church Meetings:

Rock Hall Church - December 17th

WCMC - Wesley Chapel Methodist Church

RHMC - Rock Hall Methodist Church


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