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Transcript of ST. ELMO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Presbyterian ... 2020/06/06  · ST. ELMO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH...

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    ST. ELMO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Presbyterian Church in America

    June 28, 2020

    Online bulletin

    Our purpose is to know, live out of, and proclaim the wonder of God’s grace in Jesus.

    Rev. Cal Boroughs, Pastor

    4400 St. Elmo Avenue l Chattanooga, TN l 37409 423-821-1424

    CCLI Music License #418158

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    Music Welcome and Announcements GATHERING FOR WORSHIP Almighty and everlasting God, You govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of Your people, and in our time grant us Your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Music We Praise You, Lord

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    L – You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. P – Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. I Peter 2.9-12

    (Continued on p. 4)

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    Prayer (including 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

    Sharing of Thanksgiving ............ Music * Offering of Our Gifts (see note on page 7) Our Return to God Our Savior Prayer of Confession

    ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; we have erred, and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy Name. Amen. Silent Prayer Assurance of God’s Pardon: Hebrews 10.19-25 L — Since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, P — Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. L — Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful. P — And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

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    Prayers of Intercession

    Asa Nichols Ezra Nichols Joseph, Amy, Marlow, Eliot, and Gemma Nichols Jessica Novikoff Building and Grounds Ministry Group Family Promise Chattanooga Christian School Frank and Cindy Sindler: Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East President Trump and Vice-President Pence Pray for the Persecuted Church in IRAQ (15) Continue in prayer for: Our faithfulness in being witnesses to our neighbor

    Proclamation of God’s Word Sermon: Ephesians 2.19-22 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

    Outline: 1. A New Identity 2. A Sure Foundation 3. A Dwelling Place of God Hymn #644 — May the Mind of Christ My Savior (see p.7)

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    Benediction L — Having heard the Gospel, P — Let us go forth to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ALL — Thanks be to God!

    *Tithes and Offerings (4 options) During COVID-19

    1. This option works really well: Send a check to the church at the church's street address 4400 St. Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409. Please address the envelope to St Elmo Presbyterian Church ATTN: bookkeeping.

    This will ensure privacy and security, as these envelopes will be stored securely and dealt with according to our accounting policies ensuring proper handling. The church mailbox has a lock on it.

    2. Another option that works really well is to set up a "bill pay" check through your bank's website. Most banks have a bill pay feature where you can log into your account online, find the bill-pay feature, add the church as a payee using the church's street address, and then schedule one-time or recurring payments to be sent to the church. You may need the church phone number for this when you set up the account: 423-821-1424. If it asks for an account #, use: Offering, Deacon’s Fund, General Fund, or something similar.

    3. If one of these options does not work well for you, another option for making a donation to the church is online through

    the church's Square account. The link to this, found in the FAQ section of the church website, is When you get to this page, remember to scroll down. There are many options. We are glad to receive donations in

    this way if it is the best option for you. If mailing a check or bank bill pay work for you, those two methods are preferred for us, for the sake of avoiding processing fees, and due to the advantage of less complicated processing for bookkeeping.

    4. Write your check and drop it off at church during the week. But call/text first to make sure we are here.

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Mark Slavovsky at [email protected] Thank you all for your faithful financial support of the church. Mark

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    Frank and Cindy

    Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East


    God is using the constraints of the pandemic for the growth of His kingdom!

    We are learning to use a variety of technologies to meet and do training and spread the Word!

    Prayer For our missionaries and local partners to be safe during the pandemic, even with very limited access to medical


    For Burkina Faso to remain stable as the country faces the added challenge of Covid19.

    For support to remain strong for our missionaries and ministries in spite of the economic hardships in the US

    That the internet and the bandwidth we need to use technologies to connect will remain strong for the duration of this crisis.

    Prayer support. Where there is fruit and ministry, there are always spiritual attacks. We rely on your prayers to keep going.

    We need more workers. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. We are now starting our 7th pastor training center and we need more teachers for 1 - 2 week courses.

    We continue to need personal support but also new projects that need funding:

    New Pastor Training Program in Sierra Leone: We are starting a training program for pastors and church leaders in Sierra Leone where civil wars and Ebola have left many churches without trained leaders. We spent time there in January and the first course was done by distance just a few weeks ago. We have matching funds to help get this new program started. We need to raise $19,500 for this. We are excited to let you know we have a 1:2 matching grant where for every $10 given $5 will be matched to it. So we will need to raise about $13,300 to have the total $20,000 needed. Please consider giving at: SL Pastor Training Here are some personal prayer requests Pray for meetings we are hosting with eight organizations connected to the PCA that do training in Africa. Pray that

    God will use the meetings to foster collaboration and mutual help in the great task of training pastors in Africa. Pray for several new potential missionaries we have been talking with about ministry in West Africa to take steps to

    join with us in the ministry. Pray for Frank as he works on writing a course on prayer for the seminary program we use in West Africa. Pray the

    materials would be effective in encouraging deeper kingdom focus throughout the churches.


    July 5 Projected Re-opening of Worship Services at SEPC — Live-streaming will continue July 26-31 Donations accepted for the Boy Scout Yard Sale August 1 Annual Boy Scout Yard Sale TBD