This Sunday at First Pres. Pooler

Jan. 24, 2021

9:30 am Worship Service

in person and online

Mask Required for 1/2 of the sanctuary

11:00 am Worship Service

in person and online (nursery available)

Evening Service at 5:30 PM

(Registration no longer required)

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Giving Financially

God tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6–7, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

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Worship Guide

January 17, 2021

Reception of New Members:
Allison and Michael Mack by Profession of Faith
Luke and Sarah Devescovi by Transfer of Membership, children Caden and Cohen

Silent Prayer of Preparation
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech You, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without You, may by You be enabled to live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Call to Worship                                                                              Psalm 13:5-6
"But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me."

Opening Hymn                                       "How Deep the Fathers Love for Us"              

Memory Verse for January                                                               Psalm 27:4

"One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple."

Reading of Scripture                                                         1 Corinthians 4:1-20

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me. 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

Hymn                                                       "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder"                             
Returning God's Tithes and Offerings                                 2 Corinthians 8:9
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!  Amen!

Sermon                                   "Stay Awake"                              Mark 13:32-37               

Closing Hymn                                                                           "And Can It Be"                                                                                          
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Sermon Notes

Rev. John Fender
"Stay Awake"

Mark 13:32-37

32 "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."

The return of Jesus Christ is ______ . Vs. 32
The timing of His return is ________________ . Vs 32-34

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The posture of the church must be _____________ . Vs. 35-37

Evening Worship
Rev. Bill Gleason
With Singing unto Zion: Psalms for the Journey

Session 1: A Trolley Tour/Psalms 1 & 23
Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.                                                5 You prepare a table before me

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.                                     in the presence of my enemies;
He leads me beside still waters.                                                            you anoint my head with oil;
3     He restores my soul.                                                                                 my cup overflows.
He leads me in paths of righteousness                                          6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    for his name's sake.                                                                               all the days of my life,

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the                               and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
      shadow of death,                                                                                      forever.
    I will fear no evil,                                                                
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.


  • Meditating on the image of the LORD as shepherd

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  • Letting it lead us to Christ – cf. John 10:11,27-30


  • Learning to know ourselves


  • Hearing it as a song

                                     My Shepherd
                                                 by Michael Card

The Lord is my shepherd, and so I lack nothing;
In meadows of green grass he makes me lie down.
Beside the still waters he patiently leads me,
Restoring my soul, restoring my soul.
For his holy name's sake, he guides me by right paths.
And though I may stray to the vale of deep darkness,
I fear no evil, for you are there with me.
Beside me your rod and staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before my enemies;
My head you've anointed, my cup's overflowing.
Your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
And I'll make my home place in the house of the Lord.