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February 25th Worship Program

Welcome to Church!

As we gather for worship this weekend, I want to make sure you know how grateful we are that you have joined us.  It's a blessing to worship, pray, and serve alongside friends and neighbors.

Today we continue our slight detour in our study of the book of Acts. As we work our way through Stephen’s sermon from Acts 7 and we are taking a look back to the Old Testament history and significance of the Tabernacle and Temple worship to discover some very powerful Gospel lessons that can help us live faithful lives.

After the service, take a few minutes to engage friends and neighbors in conversation, or spend some time in prayer. We hope you find our church and church family is not just a place of worship but a community of support and love.

If you have attended church before, you know every church is unique. A few of the things we hope you will notice about us are first, the priority we give to the Bible, not just in worship, but in all things related to God and our relationship with HIm; also, we are committed to being a blessing, as we seek to represent Christ to our community; and finally we depend on the Holy Spirit to guide and empower us to live our daily lives. We believe these are essential to our calling to be His church here in Rock Hall.

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 send me an email.

Richest Blessings!

Pastor Gary Priddy

Order of Worship

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship Prayer of Confession 

Prayers of the People


Good News from the Old Testament - Pt 5

Acts 7:44-53

Pastor Gary Priddy

Next Steps

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


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

Wesley Chapel

Be Thou my Vision

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

 Open My Eyes that I May See

Rock Hall Church

Revelation Song

How Great is Our God

Christ Be Magnified

Message Notes

Acts 20: Gospel Lessons from the Old Testament - Part 5


Idolatry - making created things supreme things


Acts 7:44-53


The temple wasn’t the point, it was intended to point them to Jesus.

Romans 1:25 NIV84

Romans 8:22–23 NIV

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV84

Matthew 4:10 NIV84


The Most High doesn’t dwell in houses made by human hands

John 2:19 NIV84


We can miss it if we are not careful.


“The world needs Christians who don't tolerate the complacency of their own lives.”

Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God 

Take it Home:

  • Read Psalm 113. How is the detailed recognition of God’s specific care for his people in this passage magnified and made even more praiseworthy when put against the backdrop of the statements in vv.4-6? 

  • Read Isaiah 66:1-2. Why is our concern for obeying God’s word diminished when we fail to maintain a “high view” of God? Why do you think a low view of God fosters pride and self-interest? 

  • Read Psalm 132:1-5 and 1 Kings 8:27-30. Realizing that both David and Solomon understood that God could not be localized by a physical worship center in Jerusalem, why do you think they would be so intent on establishing this more permanent worship structure?

  • Read Ephesians 2:11-13. What can you do to sincerely worship God for including you in his redemptive plan? Why do you think we don’t do this more often?


This Week's Announcements:

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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

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Elmer Gustafson

  • Joanne Carson

  • Rick Reedy

  • Sara Gagalski

  • Joan Melvin

  • Sandy Scanlan

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

  • Pastor Bill Carroll    

  • Cricket Hayes (PG’s Mom)

  • Kat Fithian

  • Jean Spence

  • Patricia Brown

  • Pastor David Kelley

  • Emma Eller

  • Jerry Creighton

  • Christine Weber

  • Scott Smith

  • Dot Ritchie

  • Ed and Penny Pickering

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, increase the desire of believers to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20 

  • Monday - Our Church: God, direct our vision for the Future.   Proverbs 19:21  

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our ministers and volunteers persevere in Your work.  1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help our families be committed to the Lord and His Work.   Joshua 24:15  

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, bring salvation to the lost. Luke 19:10

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people set an example of godliness for others.  1 Timothy 4:12

  • Saturday - Adults: God, give our adults discernment to not be deceived by the world and Satan.  1 Peter 5:8 

This week’s events:


11:30 am - The Chosen @RH Church Hall

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

7:00 pm - Men’s Bible Study Small Group @Charge Office


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


Day of Prayer - Sanctuaries are open all day for prayer

1:00 pm - Midday Prayer Service @RHMC Sanctuary


9:00 am - Men’s Prayer Breakfast @Betterton VFC


8:30 am - Bible Studies and Membership Class

9:30 am - Weekend Worship Celebration @WC

11:00 am - Weekend Worship Celebration @RHMC

12:15 am - Membership Class

WCMC - Wesley Chapel Methodist Church

RHMC - Rock Hall Methodist Church


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