August 2, 2020

Self-GUIDED Worship

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

(2 Corinthians 1:2)

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 view a fun church Pentecost procession and singing complete with waving red flags!

    For a more traditional pipe organ rendition please click the "MORE" button. 

  • Call to Worship

    One:  We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

    ALL:  Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

    One:  God's love is for you and for all people everywhere.

    ALL: That we may share God's love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

    One:  The living Christ is with us.

    ALL: Praise the Lord!

    (For a unique call to worship, please click the "MORE" button as you enter into a spirit of worship.)

  • Hymn of praise

    "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee"  (click  "HYMN SING" image)

    • To watch a 'Sing a New Song' click on the "MORE" button.
  • Call to Confession (Unison)

    God, You know everything about me.  Every word I speak, every thought I think, every deed I do--You know them all, even before I do.  So take a good look at me now.  Look deep into my heart and soul.  Point out the things that displease You, the thoughts and actions I need to change.  Show me how to live as You would want me to live.  Amen.

  • Assurance of Pardon

    In front of us, behind us, to our right, and to our left:  look!  God is there!  In every moment:  God is with us!  He hears the prayers of a contrite heart and is pleased to forgive us.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.


    Prayer for Illumination    

    Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word.  Silence in us any voices but your own, so that we may hear your Word and also do it:  through Christ our Lord.  Amen

  • Hearing the word

    Genesis 28: 10-19a & Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24

    For a dramatized reading of Genesis 18:1-15 click the image or the 'MORE' button and fast forward the video to 1:21:50. 

    For Genesis 21:1-7 fast forward the video to 1:39:45

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

    "In a deep and unbounded  darkness" (click "HYMN SING" button)

    • Click on the "MORE" button to hear children sing  "He Has Made Me Glad"
  • The word Proclaimed

    "Everlasting reminders"

    As we have gone back to in-person worship (as of June 21st), Pastor J.C.'s message can be watched live at 10:30 on YouTube and will be posted to our website and our Facebook and YouTube pages later in the week.

    This week's message is titled "Can't steal my sunshine" and will explore Christian freedom in light of Jesus' parable of the weeds found in Matthew 13.  In this parable, Jesus gives insight for the present time as well as a look into the future.  What is God's ultimate plan for the world as we know it?  How can we find freedom from our current struggles and anxiety?  Join us this Sunday for the hearing and proclaiming of God's written word!

    You can join us on Facebook or YouTube for the full service each Sunday morning at 10:30.

    Click on the "MORE" button to be taken to our "Worship Archive" to view a video of the entire service!

  • 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 "10" for ten dollars and "BPC" to give to our general operations budget or "Relief19" to support our Covid19 response.    
  • 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

    "Give me Faith"  (click HYMN SING image)

    "The Trees of the Field" (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 out and in all of life, worship the Lord.
    Entrust yourself to the winds of God’s Spirit;
    put to death selfish desires,
    and offer yourself for God’s mission in the world.

    And may God give strength to you and to all;
    May Christ Jesus bless you with peace;
    And may the Holy Spirit, whispering within your hearts, give you assurance that, in Christ, you are one of God’s children.

    We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.


    Click on the "MORE" button for a Postlude on a Pipe Organ!

    Thank you for worshiping with us today!

    May God bless and keep you!