Self-GUIDED Worship

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." 

(2 Corinthians 1:2)


Join us this Sunday


We are glad you have decided to worship with us this day!  Our prayer is that God would work through everything we do in order to bring an awareness of our need for God; and that God would then extend His forgiveness, mercy, and grace to all who worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).  As you go through each Section of worship, slow down and prayerfully think about the meaning of each section and ask God to speak to you through each part of the worship service.  


Click HERE to review the meaning behind the 4 parts of worship (Gathering, The Word, Our Response, Sending). 

  • Prelude

    Please click on the image to listen to an Advent prelude on a large Pipe Organ. (Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming) 


    For an Organ Lent prelude, click the "MORE" button.


    As you listen, silently and reverently, come before God and prepare your heart and mind to worship. 

  • Greeting & Welcome


  • Call to Worship

    One:  The foolish say, "There is no God!  We are alone, on our own."

    ALL:  We gather to declare the glory of God in our lives.

    One:  The foolish say, "It is your life; you are accountable to no one."

    ALL:  We gather, strengthened by the Spirit, trusting that Christ dwells in our hearts.

    One:  The foolish say, " Everything I have is mine; I owe nothing to anyone."

    ALL:  We gather to praise the One who calls us to serve others in love.






  • Young Disciples

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  • Prayer of confession

    One:  Merciful God, we hear the story of David and wonder how he could so abuse his power--serving his own interests in such a selfish ay.  how different from the way Jesus used his power--serving, healing and nurturing others.

    ALL:  Forgive us when our actions reflect those of David more than those of Jesus.

    One:  The account of David shows someone yielding to temptation by feeding his own particular hunger with disastrous results, whilst Jesus took time to feed the crowds with miraculous results.

    ALL:  Forgive us the times when we have yielded to the temptation of feeding our own interests to the detriment of others around us.

    One:  David demonstrated how things can et out of control when God's rules are not followed, while Jesus demonstrates how od's power can bring peace even into the stormiest situations.

    ALL:  We confess that the way of the world does reflect more the way of David than the way of Jesus, and we pray that we may be powerfully strengthened by the Holy Spirit to witness to Jesus' love and compassion in and through all we do and say.  This we pray in Jesus' name.  Amen

  • Hymn of praise

    "Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy"  (click  "MORE" button) 

  • Assurance of Pardon


    One: Through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, God is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.  So, hear and believe the good news that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.


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    Prayer for Illumination    

    One: Calm us now, O Lord, into a quietness that heals and listens.  Open wounded hearts to the balm of your Word.  Speak to us in clear tones so that we might feel our spirits leap for joy and skip with hope as your resurrection witnesses.  Amen

  • Hearing the word

    Psalm 14  --Hymn # 335 Glory to God

    2 Samuel 11:1-15


  • Hymn of response for the hearing of God's word!

    "Beneath the Cross" (MORE button)

    Canticle of the Turning (Click on the "Hymn Sing" image)

  • The word Proclaimed

    Worship service can be watched live at 10:30 on Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook or our webpage.   


    Pastor J.C.'s message will be available Sunday at 10:30am.

  • offering

    The Christian life is an offering of one’s self to God. In the Lord’s Supper we are presented with the costly self-offering of Jesus Christ for the life of the world. As those who have been claimed and set free by grace  through faith, we now respond with gratitude; offering him our lives, our spiritual gifts, and our material goods. Friends, let us give prayerfully and cheerfully, out of our response to God's goodness in Jesus Christ!  


    To read more about Presbyterian Convictions about worship and giving click HERE.

    Click on the "WHY GIVE" image to watch a brief video by Pastor Francis Chan on the nature of self-sacrifice in Christian giving.  He is talking about 2 Corinthians 8:8-9 and focuses on the generosity of God and the calling for our grateful response to God's goodness!

    • Click on the "MORE" button to give safely and securely online through our website.
    • You can also "TEXT-TO-GIVE" by texting (812) 504-2283
    • This number is connected to the same system as the online giving and is safe and secure.  Simply text the amount (just a number...like "25" for twenty five dollars and "BPC" to give to our general operations budget. 
  • Prayers of the people

    Our prayers are also part of our response to the hearing of God's Word.  We pray for each other, Christ's church, our community, and the world.  Prayer is an act of faith and it expresses our dependence on God and deepens our relationship with God and with one another.  


    If you have a prayer request, please click the "MORE" button to be taken to our "Prayer" page on our website.  There you can offer a prayer request and it will be seen and prayed for by members of Christ's church at BPC!  May God bless you as you turn to Him in prayer!

    • Click on the image "Power in Prayer" to see a brief message from Mother Teresa about the importance of prayer at home! 
  • Song of Sending

    "The Lord Now Sends Us Forth"  (click HYMN SING image)

    "Be not Afraid" (click "MORE" button)


    This is a closing Hymn meant to praise and thank God and to encourage us to leave worship, secure in the knowledge of God's love and provision for us; so that we are ready to love God with our whole selves and love our neighbor as ourselves!

  • Benediction / Charge / Blessing

    Hear (or read) these words and receive them as your benediction (blessing) today!


    Go now: wait and work for the coming of the day of God.
    In the wild places prepare a straight path for the Lord.
    Lead lives of holiness and godliness,
    strive to be found at peace,
    and speak freely of the Lord’s comfort and promise.

    And may God our shepherd gather you in loving arms;
    May Christ Jesus reconcile justice and peace within you;
    And may the Holy Spirit baptise you into the life of God.

    We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,

    In the name of Christ. Amen.

     

    Click on the "MORE" button for an Advent Pipe Organ Postlude


    Thank you for worshiping with us today!

    May God bless and keep you!