September 5, 2021 Worship Services "Not Enough Faith ??"
by Dr. Dyke
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SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY
September 12 2021
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Let me remind you quickly of our protocols for everyone’s safety.
· Attendance was taken by Ushers as you entered.
· masks are required by Session, as well as social distancing
bulletins are placed in the pews where to help with social distancing
· Offerings may be placed in the plate by the doors.
· Please write your prayer request on the Yellow cards. An usher will pick them up during the 1st hymn.
· Please join us after service for fellowship will be continuing with beverages only, in Calvin Hall
· Dr Dyke has started a Bible study on Wednesdays at 3pm sign-up sheet outside Pastor Study
Gary Iverson, all who are seeking Jesus, Bob Bock, Joan Boyd, Jack Braden, Wanda Hirl, Marilyn Neymeyer, Joan Pinkston, Maxine Wagner, Valerie Jerez, Annette Conzett, Jackie with difficult pregnancy, Jo Lefleur, Dr Dyke, Jane , Deb Weller death of father in-law and upcoming surgery, people of India, Amy Jacobs, Bonnie Pillers, Pawlik Family in the loss of an infant, Mike Niles, Harlen Marx had a knee replacement and Tom Kelly who is recovering from surgery. Lois Seger is moving to Council Bluffs, IA to be near her daughter and will be living in an assisted living we send here with love, and we give thanks to Bev Herman who has given the mum plants outside
WORDS OF WORSHIP
Leader: Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer.
Response: From the end of the earth I cry to You
L: Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I,
R: For You are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
L: And let me abide in Your tent forever,
R: and find refuge under the shelter of Your wings
GATHERING PRAYER (Unison)
Gracious Father, who asks us to cast all our care on You who cares so much for us; preserve us from all faithless fears and selfish anxieties. Grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide us from the light of Your immortal love which You manifested to us in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. May the rich blessing of the Lord attend us and grant us a life of forgiven sin. Amen
HYMN Come, Thou Almighty King No. 139
CONFESSION AND PARDON (Unison)
O most merciful God, Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who pardons all people who truly repent of their sins and turn to You; we humbly confess our sins and implore Your mercy. We have not fervently loved You with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not done justly, nor loved mercy, nor walked humbly with You, our God. Have mercy upon us according to Your lovingkindness and Your tender mercies. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Almighty God, who freely pardons all who repent of their misdeeds and turn to you, now fulfill in every contrite heart the promise of Your redeeming grace. Remit all of the sting of our sins; both upon us and those we have harmed. Cleanse us from an evil conscience through the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
THE OFFERING AND OFFERTORY
We sit amazed at the incomparable generosity of Your grace. Everything we have and everything we are comes from Your hand. The very future to which we aspire is within Your control. We are with Your servant David as we wonder what we have that is worthy of presenting to You today—and every day! Help us to realize that the answer is in Your Holy Bible—you require us to dedicate our lives and service to Your ministries in this world. Amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Lord, to whom shall we go to hear the Word of Truth? Pilate was far from the only one who asked that question—and still do in our day and age. Let us hear Your Word this morning about which the Lord declared “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Amen.
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
SERMON “A Slip of the Tongue ”
Welcome to the Facebook broadcast of the morning worship service of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, Iowa on September 12th. I am Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra, the interim minister here for the past half-year. I have served the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over 49 consecutive years of ministry within Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Iowa. I have also been Stated Clerk for 10 years in Pennsylvania, supervising 58 churches there.
What is the most dangerous part of the human body? With all of the police shows and scary movies and podcasts, we are all TOO able to see the worst of what people can do to one another. I am not sure what makes folks concentrate upon the most horrible plots and depictions!
Well, let’s look at my question. Could the most dangerous part of the human body be the HAND? It can slap or hit another person in anger. There are many different weapons that hands can hold and use. The hand also has the ability to WRITE dastardly things to slander other people. Hands can take hold of things that are not our own to steal them! Yes, the HAND is a pretty good candidate ---and the Bible has many mentions of our need to self-control what our hands do---and what they must NOT do.
Well, what about our EYES? They can certainly lead us to sin as well. Do you remember David’s eyes looking at another man’s wife? That glance led him to adultery and even the MURDER of Bathsheba’s husband. We can also lay our eyes upon the things of this world and COVET them. How many crimes begin with a desire for things that began with a longing glance from our eyes? Our eyes can GLARE at others expressing our anger or frustration. Many conflicts are expanded by a look of anger! Yes, for sure, sins involving our EYES could be found mentioned many times in the Holy Bible.
Our LEGS, too?? They can take us to places where we had better not go! You are perfectly aware—MOST OF THE TIME – when the place you are going can lead to trouble—or worse! If you weren’t there---you would not be involved in all the difficulty that that place might cause. LEGS AND FEET can even be instruments of harm as they can kick. The popular sport of kick boxing is proof of the damage they can cause. Other sins have to do with AVOIDING going to places where God would have us go to do or say things to His service. Yup, our legs can just not take us there!
Indeed, our LEGS AND FEET can lead us to sin as well.
Oh, I know what is the most dangerous part of the human body! It must be our BRAIN! Isn’t that where every evil thought springs from? How many plans and ideas for evil can be traced to a THOUGHT before we take action on them. As a matter of fact, every part that I have commented upon so far is controlled by WHAT? YES, THE BRAIN! Watch out for sins of your brain—or someone elses.
Wait ---maybe the most dangerous part of the human being could be our HEARTS! (NOT THE BICYCLE PUMPS THAT PUSH OUR BLOOD), BUT THE CARING –OR UNCARING center of our emotional life. How can we hurt other people the most deeply? Yes, when we hurt their heart or someone or something that they care for or love. Many times I have ministered to people whose hurts have come at the result of another person hurting their HEART. You know, I am sure, that the Bible is chock full of references to the state of our hearts and guarding them from sin.
But you know what?? ALL of these parts are repeatedly raised as potential problem centers in the Bible, but it lifts up the sins of the TONGUE as the very worst. Yes!!! The little tongue! All of the other parts are bigger—they are more obvious in their participation in sin, too.
It begins with Genesis – at the very beginning of our relationship with God. Enter the half-truths told by the serpent to Eve. His tongue deliberately mis-led her to deliberately disobey God’s command. He told her “no, you won’t just drop ded if you eat that apple; but it will make you as wise as God!” What he did not say was that it WOULD make Eve and Adam mortal; where they would eventually die unnecessarily.
Tongues sin obviously by telling lies. These are deliberate attempts to falsify the truth. How many of us here can honestly say that we have never told a lie?
People are harmed in many ways by the tongue. The book of James dedicates AN ENTIRE CHAPTER (chapter 3). He describes it being like the rudder of a ship. No matter the weather or other conditions, or the will of the sailors, the RUDDER determines where it will go—and where it will NOT go. It is this way also with people. The words from our tongues guide the way our lives go – for evil and sin or to grace and blessing.
He also calls the tongue a FIRE. “an unrighteous member that stains the entire body, setting it on the fire of HELL. He declares that –apart from God’s control—no one can control the sins of the tongue. It is also called a deadly poison. It is able to kill a relationship. But what are the sins that make the tongue the organ we need to harness the most?
I mentioned deliberate lying. Most mot us, however, do more casual lies than vindictive ones, We little realize the amount of damage that those “little white lies” can cause.
Slander – we can vilify others behind their backs even by the most careless complaint.
Lives can be ruined in this way.
Gossip – certainly related to slander. Many people think that this milder form isn’t so very
Bad, but again, people are HURT by what we say in gossip.
Exaggeration – not so negative but a sin in its nature of making us feel and act like we are
More important than we are.
Broken promises and vows – I had a sermon on the various kinds of promises we make and how central it is to keep them –especially the VOWS we make to God. Our tongues FIRE can burn most horribly as we break trust in one another as we break our promises to each other and to God above.
Yes, the Bible says to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We need to ask God for help to control ALL that comes out of our mouths Amen.
*Hymn All People That on Earth Do Dwell 220
*AFFIRMATION Apostle’s Creed, Ecumenical Version
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
He is seated on the right hand of the Father,
And he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever. Amen.
*HYMN O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing 466
CHARGE & BLESSING
And now, may the grace, mercy, and peace which proceeds from God the Father, through Jesus Christ, the Son, and into the Holy Spirit within us, may it rest and abide within us, now and forever more. Amen
*Stand as you are able.