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  • Writer's picturePastor Gary

May 5th Worship Program

Welcome to Church!

We are glad to have you worship with us today. It's a true blessing to worship, pray, and serve with friends and neighbors.

Today we continue a study of the book of Acts, the account of the birth of the Church. In this week’s text, as God is expanding his church in amazing ways, the enemies of God show up to distract His people from the mission. It’s amazing to see God’s sovereignty at work in and through the prayers of his people. WE are left with a nagging question… would God still move like this if we prayed this way?

Gathering for worship services is an important part of our life as disciples of Jesus as well as part of the Global Methodist Church. We understand that God invites his people into three rhythms. First, to worship passionately, where worship is more than the songs we sing, it’s about the lives we live, for the glory of God. Second, God calls us to love extravagantly; to love like Jesus who modeled sacrificial love in his life and in his death. Third, God equips us to witness boldly; to tell others about what he has done and is doing in and through his people.  We believe living out these three are essential for us as His church here in Rock Hall. 

Thank you for being a part of our church 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.

All for Him!

Pastor Gary

Order of Worship

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship Prayer of Confession 

Prayers of the People


Prayer and the Sovereignty of God

Acts 12:1-19

Pastor Gary Priddy

Holy Communion

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

To God Be The Glory

Blessed Assurance

How Deep The Father's Love 

Rock Hall Church

Your Grace is Enough

Graves into Gardens


Amazing Grace

Message Notes

Acts 29: Prayer and the Soveriegnty of God

Acts 12:1-19

Acts 12:1–5

Who is in control?

2 Corinthians 4:4

Luke 4:5–6

Ephesians 2:1–2

God is really in control.

‌1 Peter 5:8–10

Do we believe in the power of prayer?


Acts 12:6–19

The power in prayer is found who we pray to… not in the one praying

Luke 5:16

Luke 11:1–2

Romans 8:15–16

Our job is to ask; God’s is do what is best (for us and his purposes).

James 4:2

Luke 11:5–10

God’s goodness isn’t a hope but a reality.

Proverbs 9:10

Job 1:20–22

Take Home:

  1. Read Psalm 127:1-2. What comfort does this passage bring to your life? How would you respond to someone who quotes these verses as a reason to be lax, lazy, and uncaring about his daily work and spiritual disciplines? 

  2. Read Matthew 6:25-34. What aspects of these oft-quoted words of Jesus are most convicting to you and why? What parts of this comforting passage are actually a corrective and an admonition to your life? 

  3. Read Daniel 3:14-18. What kinds of problems arise in our Christian lives when we think that there is only one way God could rightly answer our prayers? 

  4. Read Romans 11:36. How can this powerful little verse readjust your perspective on prayers that are delayed or not answered in the way you would have wanted? 

  5. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and 1 Peter 5:6-7. Think of the kind of words one might pray to accomplish what is being commanded in these passages.


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

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

  • Pastor Bill Carroll 

  • Pastor David Kelley

  • Hubbard Kendall

  • Grant Stoops

  • Bonnie Kellas

  • Cricket Hayes (PG’s Mom)

  • Joan Melvin

  • Joanne Carson

  • Patricia Brown

  • Rick Reedy

  • Sara Gagalski

  • Scott Smith

  • Jean Spence

  •  Robin & Ed Kurowski

  • Nancy Legg

  • Diane McIntyre

  • Nancy Unruh

  • Joe Holliday

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:



11:00 am - VBS Planning Meeting @Church Office

6:00 pm - Bible Study @Debbie Elburn’s

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

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


6:00 pm - Archery Clinic @RHYouth Room

7:00 pm - Bible Study @RHMC Hall


3:30 pm - Rock Solid Kids @RHMC Hall

6:00 pm - Dinner @RHMC Hall

6:30 pm - Youth @RHMC Hall


10:30 am - Combined Mother’s Day Worship & Picnic @Rock Hall Civic Center

WCMC - Wesley Chapel Methodist Church

RHMC - Rock Hall Methodist Church


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