Feb 4, 2024 – Facing Big Decisions

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Stuart

Opening Hymn – Morning Has Broken – #145

Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Through It All – #507

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Anthem – Sheltered in the arms of God – The Lakeview Choir

Scripture – Acts 20:17-24 – Bill Darlington

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Offertory – Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus – Arr. Manz

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – #94

Message – Facing Big Decisions

Communion – Let Us Break Bread Together – #618

Closing Hymn – Trust and Obey – #467

Announcements – Pastor Stuart – Pastor Dave

Benediction & Response – Shalom to You – #666

Postlude – I Want Jesus to Walk with Me – Arr. Kim

Acts 20:17-38 – New Revised Standard Version

17 From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, asking the elders of the church to meet him.

18 When they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the entire time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,

19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, enduring the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews.

20 I did not shrink from doing anything helpful, proclaiming the message to you and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

21 as I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus.

22 And now, as a captive to the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,

23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me.

24 But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

How do we make big decisions, life-changing decisions? As faithful people we look to God and seek God’s will.  We have helps and clues from scripture on seeking the best wisdom in such moments. John Wesley, our founder, would say there is no other way of knowing God’s will but by consulting one’s own reason, and one’s your friends, and observe the order of God’s providence in your life. We’ll look at the role each of these play in decisions about our future, how we choose the right path and learn to listen for God’s will.

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