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  • Writer's picturePastor Gary

May 23rd Worship Program

Updated: May 25, 2021

Thank you for joining us for worship this weekend.

Today, we continue a new message series THE LIFE.

Pride, Shame, Faithfulness, Success, Failure, Hunger, Wealth, Power, Lies, Friendship, Betrayal, Blessing, Strength, Forgiveness, Grace - experiences we all go through; also experiences of Joseph and the sons of Israel

I pray that your participation in today's worship helps you move closer to Jesus and reveals more of his plan for your life.

Worship Schedule:

8:30 am

Live @Raum Chapel

9:30 am

Live @Wesley Chapel

Live on our Worship Line: (443) 252-2878

11:00 am

Live @Rock Hall Church



This week's announcements

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Today's Order of Worship


Morning Prayer

Opening Songs

Pastoral Prayer


Closing Worship


Songs for worship:




Choir Anthem: Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone



God So Loved

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)

How Deep The Father's Love For Us


Message Notes

Genesis #34: The Blessing - Lessons learned away from home

Genesis 38:1-30

Lessons learned away from home:

1. Hidden sin always separates

Genesis 38:1-10

2. Our character reveals our faith

Genesis 38:11-19

3. Freedom is found in recognizing our sin and need for God

Genesis 38:20-30

Grace: God's way of working through folks like ________

Mark 2:17

John 19:30

1 Cor 6:9-11


This week's prayer focus:

  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, give us a deep passion for the work of Christ. Luke 4:18-19

  • Monday - Our Church: God, develop spiritual growth & maturity in Your church. Hebrews 5:12-14

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our pastor proclaim Your Word boldly. 2 Timothy 4:2

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help couples be faithful to the marriage promises they made to You and to each other. Hebrews 13:4

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, we thank you for those who serve in our community. 1 John 3:16

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people commit themselves to a life of purity of mind and body. Psalm 119:9-11

  • Saturday - Adults: God, help our adults find and fulfill Your purpose for their lives. Jeremiah 29:11-14

Merger Prayer Focus: Working through Difficulties

Whenever people come together for a shared purpose, they should acknowledge potential difficulties. Each person has ways of communicating, expectations, or baggage from the past. These might be traditions, or unspoken ways of handling problems. They might be differing communication methods, or past hurts that people have buried. What are the difficulties that might be facing the new church?

  1. Pray for an awareness of the potential difficulties that may hinder the church. John 13:35

  2. Pray for an openness to new traditions. Gal 1:14

  3. Pray for conflict and hard feelings to be forgiven. Matt 6:14

  4. Pray for ineffective systems to be set aside. Mark 2:22

  5. Pray for clear communication of expectations. Jer 29:11

  6. Pray that turf issues will be minimal. 1 Cor 1:10

  7. Pray for a healthy grief process. Matt 5:4


Take it Home:

How does Judah drift away from God in this passage? Are there specific things in this passage that followers of Jesus should be on guard against in their walk with Christ?

Why would God put to death Er and Onan? How does Judah model selfishness throughout this chapter and specifically in his response to Tamar?

Why is the confession of “She is righteous, I am not” such a difficult thing for someone like Judah to admit? How does it lead him to freedom and transformation? Read Genesis 44:18-33, how does Judah demonstrate changed character?

If you do not yet follow Jesus, this recognition of sin serves to help bring you into relationship with God. Being confronted by you sin is meant to reveal to you your need for grace and mercy from God. The proper response is to turn from your sin and confess your need for God. If you follow Jesus, these moments can serve as warning lights for us and push us back towards the Lord. Read 2 Corinthians 7:9-11. How does this passage relate to what we’ve learned? What is God’s ultimate goal in those moments where we experience this kind of grief?


Bible Reading Plan:

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