Sunday, April 5, 2020
Music: James Garcia
Host: Joel Taylor and Christine Berlier
Message: Bernard Bell
Presence and Absence
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
Do this in remembrance of me.
(Luke 22:19 NIV)
Welcome to PBCC
We are glad you joined us today!
We gather in worship to remind ourselves who God is, what he has done in Christ and what he is doing through his Spirit. Our desire is to praise God and receive afresh his Spirit in us, to affirm that we are family reconciled one to another and to be empowered to reach out to the world.
Call to Worship: Psalm 84:1-4; 10, 12
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. (NIV)
Better Is One Day (M. Redman)
Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) (P. Baloche, B. Brown)
The Lion And The Lamb (B. Brown, B. Johnson, L. Mooring)
Mighty To Save (B. Fielding, R. Morgan)
Hosanna In The Highest (C. Tuttle)
Scripture Reading: John 16:4b-16
4b “I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (NIV)
Uncontainable (K. Taylor, J. Garcia)
Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.
6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (NIV)
Come Down O Love Divine (B. da Siena, R. Littledale, F. Ortega)
Before The Throne Of God Above (C. Bancroft, V. Cook)
Praise & Prayer Requests
Please pray for …
1. people who may have been rendered homeless by the shelter-in-place order.
2. my friend Mimi and her family’s heartbreak over the loss of her son Christiaan. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be a palpable presence in their lives.
3. Fred and his wife who cannot visit him. He is in rehab experiencing the same issues that caused his hospitalization several weeks ago. Pray for a good diagnosis, effective treatment and protection from more complications.
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