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The Epistle to the Philippians

August 7, 2022

The Epistle to the Philippians

Passage: The Epistle to the Philippians

Chiming the Silence
Centering for Worship Michael Sebastian, piano
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling/ Take My Life, And Let It Be Consecrated/Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Welcome, Introduction, and Instructions: Dwight A. Moody

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

#560 Listen, Now We Tell a Mystery HYMN TO JOY
Listen now we tell a mystery, told by prophets long before;
We will all be changed forever; pain and death will be no more.
With the Spirit's healing power faith becomes reality.
We proclaim immortal glory far beyond what we can see.
Sound the transformation trumpet; sing a song of victory;
Heaven and earth join in the chorus, welcoming new liberty.
Ever changing, ever growing, claiming all we’re meant to be,
We will join the Spirit’s work of setting all creation free.

Hearing the Word
(1) Philippians 1:1-2 Dwight A. Moody
(2) Philippians 1:3-6 Dwight A. Moody
(3) Philippians 1:7-8 Hunter Hale
(4) Philippians 1:9-11 Holly Obermiller

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

#365 More Love to Thee, O Christ MORE LOVE TO THEE
More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee;
This is my earnest plea: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

True and False Motives
(5) Philippians 1:12-14 Carol Pinkston
(6) Philippians 1: 15-18 Suzanne Matthew
(7) Philippians 1: 19-20 Bob Young
(8) Philippians 1:21-26 Reggie Headen
(9) Philippians 1: 27-30

Congregation

"Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.  Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.  For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.   We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it."

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

Christ’s Humiliation and Exhortation
(10) Philippians 2: 1-4 Marcy Mynatt
(11) Philippians 2: 5-11 Lisa Obermiller

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

#208 He is Lord
He is Lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
Every Knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (repeat)

Shining As Lights in the World
(12) Philippians 2: 12-13 Cathy Brown
(13) Philippians 2: 14-18 Gail Coulter

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

This Little Light of Mine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine (repeat)

Timothy and Epaphroditus
(14) Philippians 2:19-24

Congregation
"If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here. And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.

(15) Philippians 2: 25-30 Sam Curson

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

Prayer for and with the Community:  Marcy Mynatt

What Christ Has Done for Us
(16) Philippians 3: 1-3a Jakob Kindermann
(17) Philippians 3: 3b-7 Hale Kindermann
(18) Philippians 3:8-9 Annette Hudson

Hymn #652 Make Me a Servant
Make me a servant, humble and meek; Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.
And may the prayer of my heart always be:
Make me a servant, make me a servant, make me a servant today. (repeat)

Communion

In remembrance of Me, eat this bread. In remembrance of Me, drink this wine.
In remembrance of Me, pray for the time when God’s own will is done.
In remembrance of Me, heal the sick. In remembrance of me, feed the poor.
In remembrance of

Me, open the door and let your brother in.
In remembrance of me, search for truth.
In
remembrance of Me, always love.
In remembrance of Me, don’t look above but in your heart,
look in your heart for God.
Do this is remembrance of Me.

I Want to Know Christ
(19) Philippians 3:10-12 Steve Hansel
(20) Philippians 3:13-15 Glenda Tapper
(21) Philippians 3: 17-21

Congregation

"Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he
will bring everything under his control."

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

Rejoice in the Lord
(22) Philippians 4:1-3 Danny Mynatt
(23) Philippians 4:4-7 Jane Hansel
(24) Philippians 4: 8-9 Phil Allen

The Generosity of the Philippians
(25) Philippians 4:10-14 Mary Catherine Hale
(26) Philippians 4:15-19

Congregation
"As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been
given to us in Christ Jesus.

People: We will Sing for Joy and Live with Hope

Hymn #373 "Give Thanks"
Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. (repeat)
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”; let the poor say, “I am rich,” because of what the Lord has done for us, (repeat)
Give thanks!

Offering

Final Greeting (Benediction)
(27) Philippians 4:20 Dwight A. Moody

Postlude # 560 "Listen, Now We Tell a Mystery"
Celebrate new life eternal, springing from Creative Love;
Resurrection brings rejoicing, all around us and above.
With the liberating Spirit, we will rise on soaring wings,
Ever onward, ever forward, as the world in triumph rings.

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