April 18, 2021

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:  O Lord, our God, you are worthy of all our praise.  You are the God who never fails to keep his promises.  We thank you that in Jesus' life, death and resurrection we see your love, justice, mercy, provision and victory.  You are the God who lifts up those who are weighed down.  You are the God who provides for your children.  Our desire is to praise you as long as we live  Inhabit our praises as we gather together today.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

  • Young Disciples

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  • Prayer of confession


    With one voice let us confess our sins:  Wondrous God, we confess that at times our doubts and fears override our hope and faith.  Forgive us when we lose sight of the joy of Your love and instead fall into despair and gloom.  Lift up our spirits, Lord, and help us to remember the promise of new life here and now, not just the hope of resurrection for the future.  We give thanks for Your son, Jesus the Christ, who continues to offer us new life, who continues to turn us around and upside down, who continue to break down the walls of death in our own life.  Forgive us, restore us and renew us.  In the name of our risen Savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray.  Amen

  • Hymn of praise

    "O Come O Come Emmanuel"  (click  "MORE" button) 

  • Assurance of Pardon

    One:  The tomb is empty.  The stone is rolled away.  There is no darkness now, only light.  God continues to renew us and restore us.  We are forgiven, loved and restored, receiving the gift and promise of new life and resurrection now.  Go and share the wondrous news of God's love in Jesus the Christ.  Amen


    Prayer for Illumination    

    One:  Miraculous God, come to us now, even as your Son came to those first disciples on the shores of Galilee.  Speak your peace to our hearts.  Touch us with your Holy Spirit.  Reveal your word, that we may hear your message this day, and live as your disciples in the days and years to come.  In Christ's name we pray.  Amen

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

    Prepare the Way O Zion (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

    "God be with you till we meet again"  (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!