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Worship and Order of Service – Sunday, March 22nd


Worship Gathering Song

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus 

 

I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back, no turning back

The world behind me, the cross before me
The world behind me, the cross before me
The world behind me, the cross before me
No turning back, no turning back
 
Though none go with me, still I will follow
Though none go with me, still I will follow
Though none go with me, still I will follow
No turning back, no turning back
No turning back, no turning back

Call to Worship – Pastor Aaron

 

Romans 4:11 – “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue confess to God.”

May the Peoples Praise You

 

 

You have called us out of darkest night
Into Your glorious light
That we may sing the wonders of
The risen Christ

May our every breath retell the grace
That broke into our strife
With boundless love and deepest joy
With endless life

May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus

All the earth is Yours and all within
Each harvest is Your own
And from Your hand we give to You
To make Christ known

May the seeds of mercy grow in us
For those who have not heard
May songs of praise build lives of grace
To spread Your Word

May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus

This our holy privilege to declare
Your praises and Your name
To every nation, tribe and tongue
Your church proclaims

May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus

Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
All creation praise Your glorious Name

May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus

May the peoples praise You
Let the nations be glad
All Your blessing comes
That we may praise
May praise the Name of Jesus

Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”


This I Believe 

 

 

Our Father everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty

Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Savior

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Our Judge and our Defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You

Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord
I believe

And I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord

I believe in life eternal 
I believe in the virgin birth 
I believe in the Saints’ Communion
And in your holy church 
I believe in the resurrection
That Jesus come again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus
For I believe in the name of Jesus


Offering/Announcements 

 

Message by Pastor Aaron – Living on Mission: Matthew 28:19

Invitation 

 

Give Me Jesus 

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

When I am alone
When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
 

When I come to die
When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus 

 

Benediction


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COVID-19 Update

Dear Mercy Hill Church Family,
What a whirlwind these last 2 weeks have been! Admittedly, I did not think a global pandemic would be on the list of things we’d encounter in the first month together. But here we are!
 
As you know, the leadership team and staff of Mercy Hill are doing everything we can to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in order to make wise decisions, physically care for the people of our church and community, and provide for their spiritual needs. Below is our current plan to move forward.
 
Recent Announcement
As the coronavirus continues to spread, state and local governments are shutting down schools and businesses and limiting the size of public gatherings to 10 people. President Trump announced, “We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it. Therefore, my administration is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.”
 
Recommended Goals
We very much appreciate our governing authorities and want to encourage you to be faithfully praying for them. These are not easy decisions to make; but in response, we want to remind you of our goals as believers and update you on the necessary changes to our schedule. Here’s a reminder of our goals:
  1. We want to walk by faith and not in fear.
  2. We want to make wise decisions by having all the latest information.
  3. We want to listen to health experts and joyfully submit to our governing authorities.
  4. We want to love the people in our congregation and community by prioritizing both their physical health and spiritual well-being.
  5. We want to be respectful of different points of view and different comfort levels.
 
Upcoming Schedule
In response to President Trump’s recommendation, we are modifying, postponing, or canceling all public services that take place at Mercy Hill Church. This includes our Sunday morning service, Sunday school, choir practice, Bible study, and any other scheduled event. Our plan is to host some events on an online platform as we are able. When that happens we will send out information via the app, facebook page, and our website. 
 
We also plan to put together ministry teams, partnering families with Sr. Adults in our congregations. The goal of these teams is to look out for one another- make phone calls, help with grocery runs, and if possible to watch the live stream of worship services together. We are a family, and need to stay connected as much as possible in the coming weeks when it will be easy to feel isolated. So, please take advantage of the opportunities to interact with one another. More details to come!
 
Sunday Morning Service
In willing submission to our governing authorities’ recommendations, we are temporarily canceling our traditional Sunday morning gathering. Certainly, this is helpful to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. But the leadership team also values the gathering of the saints and all fo the benefits of worshiping as a congregation. Therefore, we will provide our normal service through Live Stream at 10:00AM with some minor modifications including: a more intimate worship service, a time of prayer which includes requests submitted in advance by email (submit requests to mercyhilloffice@gmail.com), a sermon from Matthew 28:16-20 on the mission of the church, and a closing song and benediction. Again, the goal is to joyfully submit to our governing authorities, protect everyone’s individual physical health, and yet spiritually encourage our congregation in the gospel!
 
We hope and pray this information is helpful. We are doing the very best we can to make wise decisions and provide helpful options. We are also praying for God’s richest blessings on you and your family!
 
Christ is All,
Pastor Aaron (On behalf of the Leadership Team)

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Regarding Concerns Over COVID-19

Dear Mercy Hill Church Family,

As all of us are tracking the story concerning the Coronavirus, the leadership team and I have discussed the best approach for the church and how we can best love our neighbors. As of now, church services will continue to be hosted. However, for many within our congregation the best way to participate in those services may be through our Facebook Live or Youtube broadcasts. This is especially true for those in the age groups that have been most negatively impacted by this virus, individuals who are 60 and older. Also, any individual, regardless of age, with underlying health issues should consider staying away from all public spaces, including church.

If you decide to attend any service in person, please take all the proper precautions: wash your hands carefully, use the hand sanitizer in the lobby, and avoid direct physical contact with others. Smile and wave. Avoid handshakes and hugs. We will also suspend the passing of offering plates. Instead, there are drop boxes in the back of the sanctuary that you can use for offerings. Online giving is also easily found on our website, www.mhchurch.org.

In summary, our services will continue as usual. However, avoid physical contact while at church, and we will have no passing of plates during the services. If you are particularly at risk for coronavirus or just desire to be cautious with this potential threat, then stay away from public gatherings, including worship services and watch the services via Facebook Live or Youtube. This is a rapidly changing situation that may require quick adjustments to these plans. Check our website, Facebook, and watch the app for updates.

Thankful to be your pastor,

Aaron


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Daylight Savings Time

This is a gentle reminder that Daylight Savings Time is tomorrow. We’d love to see you at the service, so please set your clocks forward an hour! Hope to see you tomorrow morning starting at 9 am!
 
-Mercy Hill Church

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