After the announcements, the service began with the entry of the Word while the video below played:
We sang the hymn "Father of Our Fathers.” When we’d finished the song, we received our brother Larry Stewart into the membership of the church. Then we shared prayer concerns, prayed together and closed with the Lord’s Prayer and the Gloria Patri. As we collected the offering, the choir sang "God's Work."
We looked at Matthew 5:6-12 and focused on why Jesus called those who are merciful, purity at heart, peacemakers, and persecuted fortunate.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The service ended when we sang the song "When the Saints” by Sara Groves, a song you can hear below:
You can hear the entire service below.