To walk by faith, to be a voice of hope, and to be known by love

Genuine Faith: Caring Speech – What a Disciple of Jesus Says – September 26, 2021

Come, O Spirit, Fill Your Church, Making Strong Our Worship & Mission!

 Gathering and Adoration

PRELUDE                            “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship”


 *CALL TO WORSHIP (Written by Bruce Prewer)

We come here today not because we are clever
but because God welcomes the slow learners.

We come here not because we are wise,
but because God loves us in spite of our folly.

We come knowing that the greatest persons will be found
among those who humbly serve like Jesus did,
and that the brightest ideas and the deepest truth will come
from those who see themselves as little children in Christ’s school.

O Lord, open up our mind and our hearts
and enable our lives to declare your praise.

*SING TO THE LORD          “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fall)”


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 sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not

into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the

Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all

creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts.

Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost. Amen


The Word

JAMES 3:1-10 & MATTHEW 12:34-37                       Ron Bloom

MESSAGE                         Genuine Faith: Caring Speech – What a Disciple of Jesus Says


PRAYER (Prayer written by Curry F. Butler)

Leader: Lord, I am not perfect. My mouth is just a little too slick and my soul is just a little too sick and tired of stumbling.
People: Lord, we’re made in your likeness.

Leader: I keep falling because sometimes my tongue gets in the way. I know right from wrong, but sometimes my tongue gets the best of me.
People: Lord, we’re made in your likeness.

Leader: It starts arguments and ignites fires that not even the firefighters can extinguish. My tongue, this sword of fire, has become an instrument of life and death.
People: Lord, we’re made in your likeness.

Leader: “If you want it, you can come and get some,” is my attitude. I am a Samurai. I am not the first, nor am I the last. I tried to put this all in my past, but it presently keeps finding itself in my future.
People: Lord, we’re made in your likeness.

Leader: I don’t want to keep living this way. I am ready to lay down my sword and shield to study war no more, but it’s hard. People keep coming for me when I never sent for them.
All: Lord, I am your child and I need you. Please help me control my tongue because we praise you and curse our brothers and sisters with the same tongue. And this should not be. Amen.

*SONGS                             “Refiner’s Fire”

“They Will Know We Our Christians by Our Love”