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Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ
For Week Of July 1, 2007

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor

http://www.loveallpeople.org/worship070107.html

Featuring "The Purpose Of Life Is To Please God. But How?"

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Everything here is in the Public Domain, free for all people to use without restriction, except verses from the Revised Standard Version Bible (RSV), which are copyrighted and used by permission.

ORDER OF WORSHIP: July 1, 2007 
Welcome
Opening Hymn- "My Jesus, I Love Thee" - words, MIDI music, MP3's 
Invocation
The Lord's Prayer - with MP3 audio
Declaration Of Faith: The Apostles' Creed - with MP3 audio
Scriptures and Teachings - "The Purpose Of Life Is To Please God. But How?"
Prayer For You - "Go Ahead And Give Yourself To Christ"
Holy Communion
Closing Hymn - "Holy, Holy Holy" -
  words and MIDI music
Benediction
   



Welcome

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Hello Beloved,

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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Opening Hymn

My Jesus, I Love Thee

Lyrics by William Ralph Featherstone (1846-1873); music by Adoniram J. Gordon (1836-1895); MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis. Everything here is Public Domain.

MIDI music file at http://www.loveallpeople.org/myjesuse.mid

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MY JESUS, I LOVE THEE - by William Ralph Featherstone - Public Domain
   
   My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
   For Thee, all the follies of sin I resign;
   My gracious Redeemer, My Savior art Thou;
   If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.   
   I love Thee because Thou hast first lov-ed me,
   And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
   I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
   If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
   
   I will love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
   And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
   And say, when the death-dew lies cold on my brow;
   "If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."
   
   In mansions of glory and endless delight,
   I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
   And singing Thy praises, before Thee I'll bow;
   If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
                  Amen.
 
 

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Invocation

             O Lord, we come together in Your name,
             And as You promised, we know You are here.
             AND SO WE WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS,
             AND PRAY THAT YOU FIND PLEASURE HERE WITH US,
             AS WE, YOUR LOVING CHILDREN WORSHIP YOU.
             We now invite You to reveal Yourself,
             And share with us Your presence, openly,
             FOR YOU ARE EVERYTHING THAT WE DESIRE,
             AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE, WE GIVE TO YOU.
             In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

The Lord's Prayer


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The Lord, Himself, taught us to pray like this . . .


                     The Lord's Prayer 
   
          Our Father, who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy Name,
            thy kingdom come,
            thy will be done,
              on earth as it is in heaven.
          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil.
          For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
            for ever and ever. Amen.
                      Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
                              Matthew 6:9-13    

          

Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles Creed


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  This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early 
centuries of the Christian church.
  
      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
      Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
      Born of the virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven
      And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Spirit;
      The holy catholic church;     *
      The communion of saints;
      The forgiveness of sins;
      The resurrection of the body;
      And the life everlasting.
                             Amen.
      
                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.


Scriptures And Teachings

The Purpose Of Life Is To Please God

Are you looking for a clear purpose in life? Do you wonder, "Why are we here?" Do you think life is meaningless?

If so, then this is what you are looking for:

            "The purpose of life is to please God."

How do we know this? Because the Bible tells us. Our purpose is the same as the purpose of the whole universe: to please God.
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       Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
       for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
       and were created. (Revelation 4:11 KJV)
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"Yes, but maybe it's impossible to please Him," you might say. Wrong. He's not that hard to please.
          "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people:"
           (Psalms 149:4a KJV)
So what are some of the things we can do to please him? The Bible is full of things that please Him and things which displease Him. Read the Bible and see what He likes and what He doesn't like. Then give Him what He likes and avoid giving Him what He doesn't like.

But the most important thing is love: He wants us to love other people the same as we love ourselves.

The Bible states it very clearly, so there can be no possible misunderstanding:

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       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)
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And who is your neighbor? Everyone is your neighbor. This is shown in the Parable Of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

But what about love for God? Doesn't that come first? Yes, but God accepts our love for others as if it were love for Himself. So when we love others, we are loving Him at the same time. This is shown in the Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

But what about The Ten Commandments? Aren't we supposed to obey them? Yes, but The Ten Commandments are only an approximation of what God wants from us. The Pharisees obeyed all of the Ten Commandments, yet God was very displeased with them because they did not have love. The exact thing God wants from us is that we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Everything else is subordinate to this.

But what about holiness? Aren't we supposed to avoid improper sex, etc. and be pure and chaste? Aren't we supposed to deny our physical selves in order to strengthen our spiritual selves? Yes, but our feeble attempts at being holy do not even come close to God's high standards. To Him, they are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But if we have love for others, God will overlook a multitude of our sins (1 Peter 4:8). And if we forgive others of their offenses against us, He will forgive us of our offenses against Him (Matthew 5:14-15). Love makes everything holy, since God is love (1 John 4:8, 4:16).

So all of God's laws boil down to this one command: "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." If you truly do this one thing only, it is enough. It then doesn't matter if you fall short on some of the dozens of others. But if you do not do this, all of the others together are not enough. This is the big one, more important than all the others combined.

                 "Love For Others Fulfills The Law"

       Galatians 5:14 (RSV)
       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself."
       Romans 13:8 (RSV)
       Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves
       his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
       Romans 13:9 (RSV)
       The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not
       kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other
       commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself."
       Romans 13:10 (RSV)
       Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the 
       fulfilling of the law.
       James 2:8 (RSV)
       If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture,
       "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
       Proverbs 10:12 (RSV)
       Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
       1 Peter 4:8 (RSV)
       Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love
       covers a multitude of sins.
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Holy Communion

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If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

Closing Hymn

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Words by Reginald Heber; music - "Nicaea," by John B. Dykes. MIDI sequence, anonymous. All are Public Domain.

MIDI music file at http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/nicaea.mid


HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! - by Bishop Reginald Heber, 1827 - Public Domain

        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        Early in the morning
        Our song shall rise to Thee!
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!
        Holy, holy, holy!
        All the saints adore Thee!
        Casting down their golden crowns
        Around the glassy sea;
        Cherubim and seraphim
        Falling down before Thee,
        Who wert, and art, and
        Evermore shalt be.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Though the darkness hide Thee!
        Though the eye of sinful man
        Thy glory may not see;
        Only Thou art holy!
        There is none beside Thee,
        Perfect in pow'r in
        Love, and purity.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        All Thy works shall praise Thy name,
        In earth, and sky, and sea;
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!
              Amen.

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Benediction

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      "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
       all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
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May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.

     Rev. Bill McGinnis  <><
     bmcgin@patriot.net
     

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