LEFC Guide to Worship – 13 June 2021

LEFC Guide to Worship

Sunday, June 13, 2021
Lanse Evangelical Free Church

From the Pastor

Dear Church Family,

Keep praying!

I wonder how many times I’ve said that in the last 15 months? I know that “Keep praying!” has been a constant sign-off in my copious emails to the Church Elders Team, and I’m perpetually asking others to continue to pray for us as we navigate uncharted territory as a congregation.

It could be tempting at this point to fall off in prayer. With most COVID-restrictions lifted or lifting soon in our area, and things returning to some semblance of “normal” at church, it can be easy to begin to just coast along and stop being fervent in prayer.

But we can’t afford to let off the gas pedal of prayer (Romans 12:11-12). We are still needy of God’s hand of protection, provision, and direction. Our Psalm for this weekend reminds us to earnestly seek and long for God’s presence and help. Psalm 63 tells us to cling to God with our very souls (v.8).

Keep praying! Please continue to pray for the Elders and the rest of our church leaders as we make ministry plans for the remainder of the Summer, including Family Bible Week, the Good News Cruise, and more ways to bring the whole church family closer together in fellowship and full participation. We need the Lord’s wisdom and guidance.

Keep praying! Whether at home or on campus this weekend, let’s do all we can to ensure that every single person in this beloved church family worships Him.

In His Grip,

– Pastor Matt

P.S. Don’t just keep praying; keep singing! “…with singing lips my mouth will praise you” (Psalm 63:5).


Home Worship Guide

1. Welcome to Worship & Worship in Bible Memory

Begin your family’s time of worship by reciting Psalm 100 together:

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Have someone pray and ask God to bless your time of worship at home.

2. Worship in Singing

As a household sing “All Creatures of Our God and King!” by Francis of Assisi.

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3. Worship in Unity

Recite together Question #1 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647-1649).

Q. What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

**Note: When the WSC says “chief end,” it means “greatest purpose or goal,” and by “man,” the framers of the WSC meant “humanity” or “people.” We exist to glorify and to find our joy in the Lord.

4. Worship in Thanksgiving and Lament

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

Share with your family those things you are celebrating and those things you are lamenting this week.

5. Worship in Prayer

Take prayer requests and pray for each other.

Read the prayer guide together and pray for the rest of the church family and the requests listed.

6. Worship in Scripture Reading

Have someone read Psalm 110 to prepare to listen to today’s message.

7. Worship in the Word

Watch or read Pastor Matt’s message, “Your Love Is Better Than Life.”

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Read Message Manuscript

[The message will be available online by Sunday morning.]

Some families may want to watch/read the message on their own and then have a Bible study and discussion together during this time.

8. Worship in Singing

Sing “As the Deer” by Martin J. Nystrom

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9. Worship All Week

Have someone pray a prayer of commissioning for your family as you end this time of gathered worship and face a week of new opportunities and new challenges to serve the Lord, the church, and the world in His Name.

**Note: We plan to offer the LEFC Guide to Worship at Home throughout the month of June. Please let us know if your family is using them and would like them to continue to be provided in future months.

Church Family News

Additional Outdoor Seating Options

We are now broadcasting audio of all 3 worship times into the church parking lot on 89.5 FM. We also have a tent seating section available with a sound system transmitting the words and music outside when weather allows. While outdoors, protective face coverings are optional. Outdoor worship resources are available on tables near the entrances.

Follow the Lord in Water Baptism

We are planning a baptism service later this Summer. Classes will be set up to meet individual scheduling needs. If you would like to learn more about what it means to follow Christ in water baptism, talk to Pastor Matt about options that fit your schedule.

Family Bible Week

Join us for Family Bible Week July 19-22 & 25. Our first priority this year will be the children and youth classes and remind them that Jesus is our strong foundation. See Misty Michaels to be involved.

Family Fridays @ CSA

Christian Servant Academy invites you to Family Fridays. Each Friday at 6:30 they are hosting an evening of family-focused fun. Check out their flyer on the Community Bulletin Board for more information.

Sunday School at Home

Our Sunday School classes continue to study at home. They began a new quarter today using Explore the Bible: Job; Ecclesiastes. Pick up your free personal study guide and complete Session 2: Hope Defined.

EFCA One 2021

This year’s biennial conference will be a one-day virtual event held on Wednesday, June 23rd with a 5:30-7:00 Celebration Service. By participating, they hope you’ll feel refreshed and inspired with a renewed sense of what God is doing through the EFCA. This virtual service is free and available to anyone involved in EFCA Churches. Register online to attend the EFCA One Celebration Service.

Children’s Church

All children (ages 3 – 3rd grade) are invited to Children’s Church at our 10:30 worship time. Parents, when indicated in the service, please drop your kids off with a volunteer in the ABC Room. If outside, bring them around to the back door. When the weather allows the children will meet in the Sonshine tent in our back yard (masks optional outdoors). Please dress the kids for the possibility of being outside. Ministry workers will bring the children back to the ABC room at the conclusion of our program time. All ministry workers have their child protection clearances.

On-Campus Prayer Meeting

Join us Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall as Joel Michaels leads us in a brief Bible study, praising God through song, and praying with other believers. Reminder: Bring a jacket along. Now that the weather is warming up, we will sometimes meet outdoors.

Need Prayer?

Our church and our pastor love to pray for you. If you have a need for prayer, you can email us at prayer@lansefree.org. All emails being sent to this address will be seen by Pastor Matt. Please indicate if this is a private request (for Pastor Matt and the Elder Board) or public request for the prayer chain.

Designated Giving – Picnic Pavilion

A designated giving fund for a future picnic pavilion remains open. You can donate to this by marking your gift “pavilion” and placing it in the offering.

Designated Giving – Miracle Mountain Ranch

Miracle Mountain Ranch lost Fort Wilderness to a fire. This remote location was home to their overnight adventures for Summer Camp. We have opened a designated giving fund to help them begin the rebuilding process. Mark your gift “MMR Fire” and place it in the offering plate. A designated giving fund remains open to offset the registration for the seven kids attending church camp this year. If you would like to give to this need, mark your gift “Camp Fund.”

Continuing to Give

Thank you for continuing to support our ministries and missionaries. Ways to give:

  • Mail your offering check to us at PO BOX 114, Lanse, PA 16849.
  • Cash or Check in person. Drop off your offering at the church during office hours in the offering plate right inside the  office door.
  • E-banking – Check with your financial institution about using their bill pay programs to have the bank send us a check directly at no cost.
  • Online Payments – PayPal and Venmo are our current e-giving options. Our account address is our email: churchoffice@lansefree.org.

Prayer Items

Contact the church office for this week’s prayer requests from the bulletin.

Lanse Free Church

255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500

Worship Service: Sunday, 10:00am

Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm