Jan 7, 2024 – 1. The Challenges of Change


Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Stuart

Opening Hymn – Good Christian Friends Rejoice – #224

Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Come & Find Quiet Center – #2128

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Anthem – The Lakeview Choir

Scripture – Nehemiah 8:1-2, 5-6, 8-12 -Jackie Mobed

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Message – 1. The Challenges of Change

Communion & Hymn – There’s A Song in the Air – #244

Closing Hymn – There’s a Song in the Air – #244

Announcements – Pastor Stuart – Pastor Dave

Benediction & Response – Emmanuel -204

Postlude – Postlude on St. Ann – Arr. Giamanco

Nehemiah 8:1-2, 5-6, 8-12 – New Revised Standard Version

1 all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel.

2 Accordingly, Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people, and when he opened it, all the people stood up.

6 Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

8 So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.

10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord, and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.”

12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Successfully and effectively facing change in the new year & in our lives. Nehemiah helps lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Exile. The Israelites gather for worship, hear the book of the law being read and weep. Nehemiah reminds them, that even in a time of tumultuous change, “the Joy of the Lord is our Strength.”

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