Courage for the Future

The Faith to Lean In | 09.27.20

Looking for the outdoor worship guide with lyrics and notes? Find them here.

Thank you for joining us for our Digital Worship Gathering! This is the first week in our series on the book of Joshua called The Faith to Lean In.

See last week’s service here | Listen to previously recorded talks here | Want to join us on Zoom? Send us a message.

Call to Worship

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus, this morning we come to you as the True Vine, and we come to your Father as the Vinedresser. It is in you that we live and move and have our being, Jesus; and apart from you, we can do nothing. We beg, therefore, for more of your Spirit in our lives, hearts, minds, and relationships. Meet us, God, where we are, for we are your body, and you are the hope of our salvation.

Lord God, your word says that every branch in you that does not bear fruit, you take away, and every branch that bears fruit, you prune. Father, we desire to be fruitful, and yet we fear and resist the shears you hold in your hand. Temptations hound us, and fears assail us. So, give us the courage we need to open ourselves up to your loving, tender hand.

Continue your work of reshaping us into your image, Lord, and bring those things into our lives that we need to make us holy in your sight. Wash our hearts, and make us whole, Father. Renew our spirits and minds according to the character of your Son. Open our eyes to the truth of your love, and help us to receive the satisfaction of your presence, as we fix our hearts on you, Jesus.

Gift Offering

For financial gifts, use your bank’s online payment option to send a gift to Discovery, or have someone address an envelope (a good opportunity for digital natives) and place the stamp on it. Checks can be mailed to:

Discovery Church
7245 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Please specify “general fund” or “missions fund” on the memo line.

Or, use this form to give online via the Christian Reformed Church’s site (our denomination). Be sure to choose Michigan- Grand Rapids- Discovery CRC from the drop-down list. You can give via credit card or automatic bank withdrawal. A 3% fee will be charged to Discovery.

For gifts of encouragement, write a note or draw a picture for someone who may need encouragement at this time. Have someone address the envelope and place a stamp on it. Or deliver it in person (keep that six foot social distance) to a neighbor or loved one.

For gifts of art, share a picture or video of your artistic response to the talk with us on Instagram (@discoverycrc) (parents permitting).

Digital Prayer Pad

Prayer requests will be sent to Sara, our administrator, who will compile and distribute them to the congregation via email throughout the week as usual.

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