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January 21st 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.

If you have attended church before, you know every church is unique. Some of the things that we hope you will notice about us are first, the priority we give to the Scriptures, not just in worship, but in all things related to God and our relationship with HIm; also, we are committed to being a blessing to every person, representing Christ  in our community, and we seek to follow God as he guides and empowers our daily lives through the Holy Spirit. We believe these are essential to our calling to be His church here in Rock Hall.

Today we continue a study of the book of Acts. We look at a man named Stephen and are drawn to his faith driven ministry. We see in Stephen an inspirational life, a life of deep commitment that God makes available to his disciples in order to build His Kingdom. Lets see how we can develop this same deep commitment in our 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.

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 email me at the address below.

Richest Blessings!

Pastor Gary Priddy

Order of Worship:

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship Prayer of Confession 

Prayers of the People


A Picture of Deep Commitment

Acts 6:8-15

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

Jesus Calls Us

I Need Thee Every Hour

Take Time to Be Holy

Rock Hall Church

Same Power

How Deep the Father’s Love

Psalm 23 - Surely Goodness

Message Text

Acts 15: Stephen: A Picture of Deep Commitment

Acts 6:8–15


A Disciple’s Commitment is Personal

Matthew 20:28, Galatians 5:13

We are never closer to Christ than when we are  SERVING , and we are never  FURTHER  from Christ than when we are expecting to be  SERVED .

A Disciple’s Commitment is Zealous

Romans 12:11, Colossians 3:23–24

Ministry is not an  OPTION  in the disciple’s life; it  IS  the Disciple’s life.

A Disciple’s Commitment is Exhausting

Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 11:28-30

Safest place to be is in the CENTER of God’s will

Move to Jesus
‌Changed by Jesus
On mission with Jesus

Take it Home:

  • What does it mean for you to deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Jesus?

  • What social costs might you have to pay for following Jesus?

  • What injustices might you experience for following Christ? 

  • What type of wrongs did Stephen and Jesus experience? 

  • How does the Holy Spirit empower us to follow Jesus? 

  • What does it mean to be full of the Holy Spirit? 

  • What 2* Change can you make this week?

  • How can we seek more of the Holy Spirit? 

  • How can you deepen your prayer life?

  • How might Jesus change you as you follow him?

  • Will you follow Jesus?


This Week's Announcements:

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Wake-Up Call provides a daily encouragement to shake off the slumber of our busy lives and turn our eyes toward Jesus. Each morning our community gathers around a Scripture, a reflection, a prayer, and a few short questions, inviting us to reorient our lives around the love of Jesus who transforms our hearts, homes, churches, and cities.

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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

  • Marge Kelley

  • Rick Reedy

  • Sandy Scanlan

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

  • Pastor Bill Carroll    

  • Family of Rosemary Elburn

  • Cricket Hayes (PG’s Mom)

  • Kat Fithian

  • Jean Spence

  • Patricia Brown

  • Pastor David Kelley

  • Joyce Christian

  • Emma Eller

  • Dean Wood

  • Christine Weber

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, let Your church be a light in our community and world. Matthew 5:16

  • Monday - Our Church: God, bring unity to the Body of Christ. John 17:20-23

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our worship leaders and musicians lead us before Your throne in a spirit of worship. Psalm 33:3

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help our families faithfully follow Your commands. John 14:15

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, soften the hearts of the lost in our community, show them your light. John 3:16-18

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, change the world through our young people rather than letting the world change them. Romans 12:2

  • Saturday - Adults: God, enable our adults to live lives of faithfulness to You and perseverance to the end. Hebrews 12:1-3

This week’s events:


 9:30 am - Weekend Worship @WC

11:00 am - Weekend Worship @RHMC


11:30 The Chosen @RH Church Hall

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


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


Day of Prayer - Sanctuaries are open all day for prayer.

3:30 pm - Rock Solid Kids after School @RHMC Hall

6:00 pm - Family Dinner @RHMC Hall

6:30 pm - Youth Group @RHMC Hall


7:00 pm - Worship Team Practice @RHMC


10:00 am - Combined Weekend Worship @RHMC 

- Church Conference  

Sunday, January 28th

Vote to approve merger of Wesley Chapel and Rock Hall Church

WCMC - Wesley Chapel Methodist Church

RHMC - Rock Hall Methodist Church


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