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September 24th Worship Program

Welcome to our church. This weekend, we are beginning an exciting journey through the Book of Acts! We're kicking off this enlightening series with a message titled "How it all began” as we explore the inspiring origins of the early church and the timeless lessons it holds for us today. Let's grow in faith and fellowship together!

We want you to know, our church is a community of believers who come together to worship, pray, and learn from each other. We value the importance of family and strive to create an environment where individuals and families can grow closer to God and to each other.

At our church, we believe that everyone has the potential to impact the world. In our programs and ministries, we seek to equip individuals with a vibrant relationship with Jesus that leads us all to make a real difference in our communities and in the world.

So, if you are looking for a church home that seeks to make a Kingdom impact in Rock Hall and the world, we invite you to join us. No matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome here. We look forward to getting to know you and to growing in our faith together.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. My email is and my office telephone is 410-639-2144.

Order of Worship:

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship

Prayer of Confession

Prayers of the People


Acts 1: How it All Began

Acts 1:1-11


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

10,000 Reasons

Holy Spirit

Breathe on Me Breath of God

Spirit Song

Message Notes

Acts 1: How it all began

Acts 1:1-11

What Happened?

The church.


By the Spirit.



Let’s get clear on the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a  WHO , not a  WHAT .

John 14:15–17 NIV

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

The Holy Spirit’s role is to make us  SPIRITUALLY   MATURE .

Romans 15:15–16 NIV

15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit’s role is to  GLORIFY   GOD  through us.

Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Our choice is to either  WALK IN  the Spirit, or  SILENCE  the Spirit in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 NIV

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it

The Holy Spirit is not an  EXPERIENCE , He is a  NEW LIFE .

John 3:5–8 NIV

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Always Remember Never to Forget:

The Spirit is  LIVING , the church is  MOVING , and we are invited to  PLAY OUR PART  in it.

Take it Home:

  • What does it mean to be a “witness” of Jesus (v8)? What facts, experiences, or truths are we testifying about (see also Luke 24:46-48 and Acts 10:28-43)?

  • Name three people you know who don’t yet know Jesus as their Savior. Begin to pray weekly for opportunities to be a witness to each of them and that God would open their eyes to truth.

  • How can you be a better witness for Jesus at work, school, or in the community?

  • What specifically can you do this week to tap into the Holy Spirit’s power in your life?

This week’s YouVersion Bible Reading Plan:

Join us as we take a deep dive into a 49-day study to explore one of the most powerful books of the New Testament. In this reading plan, you'll discover the freedom and victory we have in Jesus, the dangers of legalism, the fruits of the Spirit, and the amazing promise of God through Christ. Join HERE.


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 & Cheryl Holliday

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Karen & Mark Weller

  • Dean & Anna Mae Wood

  • Hubbard Kendall

  • Patricia Brown

  • Elmer Gustafson

  • Mark Lusby

  • Rick Reedy

  • Marge Kelley

  • Sandy Scanlan

  • Pastor Bill Carroll

  • Pastor Kenny Hickman

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, 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

This week’s events:


10:00 am - Combined Worship Celebration @RH Church


11:30 am - The Chosen @RH Church Hall

6:00 pm - Women’s Bible Study at @WC

6:30 pm - Bible Study @Parsonage


7:00 pm - Small Group Bible Study @RH Church Hall


3:30 pm - Rock Solid Kids @RH Church Hall

6:00 pm - Dinner

6:30 pm - Youth Group


7:00 pm - Praise Team practice


10:00 am - Weekend Worship @Wesley Chapel Church


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