CALL TO WORSHIP
All of worship is a response to God. The reason why we start each and every service with a call to worship is to look to God to “call” us into a time of worshiping Him. What this does is take our focus off of our circumstances and concerns and orient our hearts around the fact that the Lord alone is worthy of all praise and honor. May we draw near to the Lord as He invites us to worship Him this morning.
*Stand and read together
Come, let us return to the LORD;
for He has torn us, that He may heal us;
He has struck us down, and He will bind us up.
2 After two days He will revive us;
on the third day He will raise us up,
that we may live before Him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;
His going out is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Hosea 6:1-3 ESV
SONG OF PRAISE: HOW GREAT THOU ART
*Remain standing and sing songs together
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
*Please take the next few minutes to pray together
- Prayer that God would work in our hearts through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ and by the power of His Holy Spirit
- Prayer of Celebration for Who God is and What He has done
- Petitions: Needs for Family, Church, Nation and World; including especially praying for God’s protection, care and strength for medical workers, military and sick and those who are suffering financially including the unemployed
*After a few moments, please stand and pray the Lord’s Prayer together
The LORDS PRAYER
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
SONG OF PRAISE: YOUR LOVE AWAKENS ME
SONG OF PRAISE: REMEMBRANCE
- All physical gatherings at the church have been canceled. There will be opportunities to gather virtually over Zoom.
- Later today (3/29) at 4:30pm, there will be our monthly prayer meeting. There will also be Bible study on Wednesday evening (4/1) at 7:30pm. You can access and be part of both of these through the “events” page on our website.
- Please remember to give! Especially in these times which are difficult for everyone. You can use Givelify on our website or mail checks to the church office. If you have any questions, feel free to email one of the elders or call the church office.
- Please feel free to contact the church if you have any questions, concerns, or if you have any needs that you think we can help you with. We are here for you!
SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Kings 5 (ESV)
Naaman Healed of Leprosy
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2 Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” 5 And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7 And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”
8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Gehazi’s Greed and Punishment
15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.” 16 But he said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. 17 Then Naaman said, “If not, please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the LORD. 18 In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.” 19 He said to him, “Go in peace.”
But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” 21 So Gehazi followed Naaman. And when Naaman saw someone running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is all well?” 22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me to say, ‘There have just now come to me from the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.’” 23 And Naaman said, “Be pleased to accept two talents.” And he urged him and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and laid them on two of his servants. And they carried them before Gehazi. 24 And when he came to the hill, he took them from their hand and put them in the house, and he sent the men away, and they departed. 25 He went in and stood before his master, and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.” 26 But he said to him, “Did not my heart go when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money and garments, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male servants and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow.
Pastor Keith Ledford
MEDITATE ON THE WORD OF GOD
Whenever we hear God’s Word read and preached, He gives us a chance to respond. There are several ways in which we can do this:
- Sitting and “doing business” with what you have heard and read this morning through some time of silent meditation. It is important that we not only hear the Word of God, but that we internalize it and allow it to transform us from the inside out.
- Discussing it with those who are gathered around you and speaking truths from the Scriptures back to one another.
- Singing, responding to God through song allows us to affirm the truths that we have heard in our hearts and to engage the truths of God with our whole bodies.
SONG OF PRAISE: HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD
Since all of worship is a response to God, we always finish with a benediction. Benediction means “good word” and the reason why we end each and every service with one is because as we lift our hands and receive the words of Scripture from the pastor, we are being given a Scriptural promise and blessing from the Lord. This is a reminder of the faithfulness of God and it is an encouragement for us as we venture boldly into the world with the hope of the Gospel.