Sunday Online Worship – April 5, 2020

Greetings friends and family of Forest Grove Reformed Church! We have put together this worship resource for you to worship in your homes this Sunday as we will not be gathering together. Please watch the videos and read the prayers and readings below as you worship together.

Prayer

Read this prayer aloud:

Lord, in the stillness of this moment, we know the world is anything but still. Over the past week, many of us have been asked to stay at home to slow the spread of Covid-19. We are trying to figure out what today will look like. But as your followers, we know that you are the one who holds the future. We don’t have to fear tomorrow, because you hold tomorrow in your hands. Father, in these next few moments, will you quite our hearts so we can encounter the comfort and peace of your presence. We pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Call to Worship:

Have everyone read the bold and one person read the rest

God calls us to worship, and we come,

Some with laughter and songs of joy.

God calls us to worship, and we come,

some from a sense of obligation or habit.

God calls us to worship, and we come,

some with hearts heavy with grief.

God calls us to worship, and we come,

some with distraction or exhaustion.

God calls us to worship, and we come,

some with eagerness and enthusiasm.

God calls us to worship, and we come,

some with fear, anxiety or loneliness.

As God’s dearly loved Children,

We bring all our joy and pain, fear and hope

into this place of Spirit-given grace, love and hope.

The songs that we’ve selected for this Sunday were selected very intentionally. It is important in times of trouble that we remember the core values of our faith. We serve a great God, and we need to sing those words for our own benefit as a reminder, and as a cry of worship to our Creator and Sustainer. Because of our faith, we are not a people of fear, but a people of hope and a people of love. Let’s sing these songs together, and let’s sing them throughout the days and weeks to come!

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;” 1 John 4:18a

Forever Reign

I Am

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

Take me in with Your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go never leave my side

I am holding onto You
I am holding onto You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on (I am)

Love like this O my God to find
I am overwhelmed with a joy divine
Love like this sets our hearts on fire

I am holding onto You
I am holding onto You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on (I am)
(REPEAT)

This is my resurrection song
This is my hallelujah come
This is why it’s to You I run
(REPEAT)

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

I am holding onto You
I am holding onto You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on (I am)
(REPEAT 2X)

In the middle of the storm
I am holding on I am

Prayer

Take a few minutes to pray. Here are some things you might pray about:
-Those suffering from COVID 19
-The students, teachers and school administrators
-Doctors, nurses, aids and others in the medical field
-Government leaders and officials
-Those providing us food and other necessities
-Those who have been laid off or let go from their job
-The Body of Forest Grove
-Our Staff and Consistory members
-The Staff and Families of our Christian Learning Center

Thank you for worshiping with us online today! Please stay connected with us here on the website and on Facebook. We will keep you updated as to how our worship will proceed!