WEEKLY BULLETIN


September 20, 2020

Prelude

Announcements

Worship Songs

       Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

       God So Loved

       Who You Are

Prayer

NovaKids Meet Teachers

Sermon

       James 5:13-18

           Just Like Elijah

The Lord's Supper

Worship Song

       God So Loved

Benediction


Announcements

The Lord's Supper

  • We will be observing the Lord’s Supper today. Please have one person from your group pick up some of the pre-packaged cups with wafers at the Information Tent.
  • If you would like to have a pre-packaged cup with a wafer delivered to your car, please turn your hazard lights on.
  • If you're joining us from home, we encourage you to simply find a reasonable substitute from what you have.

Classes

  • We have our first ever online Nova Class titled "Creation Care in the Bible" which will start in a couple of weeks. If you are interested in signing up for this class, or just want to learn more about it, you can visit novachurch.org/creation.

Small Groups

  • We believe small groups are so important, especially during this time. We want you to be connected, but we know that not everyone has the same comfort level. For our Fall quarter, most of our groups will be meeting virtually. 
  • Nova small groups are smaller communities of people (usually about 8-14) who meet regularly to share, pray, read God’s Word and care for each other in practical ways. Groups meet on different nights of the week, and most of them will meet weekly. 
  • If you are interested in joining a group, or would like more information, email Pastor Adam Duchin: adamduchin@novachurch.org


Food Collection & Distribution

  • Nova Community Church is partnering with Victory Christian Fellowship to host "Boxes of Blessings: A Community Food Distribution" that will serve anyone in our local context who is in need of food. 
  • To find out how you can participate, visit here.


Serving at Nova

  • Interested in serving at Nova? Visit the table by the information tent to learn more or visit here on our website.


Children's Ministry

  • NovaKids (grades K-5) will be meeting during the service. Please check in ahead of time at the NovaKids tent. Children will stay with their family until after the worship songs when they will be dismissed to meet their teachers. For more information, please visit our Children's Ministry page.

Giving

  • If you would like to give tithes, offerings, or to the Open Campaign, please use the drop box located under the Information Tent.
  • If you are in your car, please turn your hazard lights on and an usher will help you.
  • Visit novachurch.org/giving for online giving.

Prayer

  • At the end of the worship service, Prayer Team members (light blue vests) are available in front of the platform.  
  • If you are in your car and would like prayer, please turn your hazard lights on at the end of the worship service.
  • You can always email prayer requests to prayer@novachurch.org and they will be sent out to the prayer team.


WORSHIP SONGS

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Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)


Verse 1

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You

We turn to You

Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You

We long for You


Pre-Chorus

'Cause when we see You we find strength

To face the day

In Your presence all our fears are washed away

Washed away


Chorus

Hosanna, Hosanna

You are the God who saves us

Worthy of all our praises

Hosanna, Hosanna

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here Lord Jesus


Verse 2

Hear the sound of hearts returning to You

We turn to You

In Your Kingdom broken lives are made new

You make us new


Ending

Hosanna, Hosanna

Hosanna, Hosanna



God So Loved


Verse 1

Come all you weary

Come all you thirsty

Come to the well that never runs dry

Drink of the water

Come and thirst no more


Verse 2

Come all you sinners

Come find His mercy

Come to the table, He will satisfy

Taste of His goodness

Find what you're looking for


Chorus 1

For God so loved the world that He gave us

His one and only Son to save us

Whoever believes in Him will live forever


Verse 3

Bring all your failures

Bring your addictions

Come lay them down at the foot of the cross

Jesus is waiting there

With open arms


Chorus 2

For God so loved He world that He gave us

His one and only Son to save us

Whoever believes in Him will live forever


The power of hell forever defeated

Now it is well, I'm walking in freedom

For God so loved, God so loved the world


Bridge

Praise God, praise God

From whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, praise Him

For the wonders of His love


Chorus 3

For God so loved He world that He gave us

His one and only Son to save…


For God so loved He world that He gave us

His one and only Son to save us

Whoever believes in Him will live forever


The power of hell forever defeated

Now it is well, I'm walking in freedom

For God so loved, God so loved the world


Ending

Bring all your failures

Bring your addictions

Come lay them down at the foot of the cross

Jesus is waiting…

God so loved the world



Who You Are


Verse 1

Your glory speaks in every language

Across the sky to every nation

You are beauty un-imagined

This is who You are


Verse 2

You are the Lord of my salvation

You are the One who lights my way

Through the dark night You will lead me

This is who You are

This is who You are


Chorus

So lift it up, lift it up

Endless praises to our God

Full of grace, full of love

And He's reigning over us

I know, You are faithful

You are worthy God

This is who You are


Verse 3

Day and night the angels sing it

Holy, holy is the Lord

There's none more worthy to receive it

This is who You are


Bridge

You hear the cry of every broken heart

You give the hopeless soul a brand new start

You lead the captive in Your freedom song

This is who You are


And in the night when all our hope is lost

You are the One who won't give up on us

You hold the orphan in Your loving arms

This is who You are

This is who You are

This is who You are


Vamp

Lift it up, lift it up

Lift it up, lift it up


Chorus 2

So lift it up, lift it up

Endless praises to our God

Full of grace, full of love

And He's reigning over us


So lift it up, lift it up

Endless praises to our God

Full of grace, full of love

And He's reigning over us

I know, You are faithful

You are worthy God

This is who You are



SERMON NOTES

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Just Like Elijah

Steadfast – Part 17

September 20th 2020


13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

       James 5:13-18



The story behind the text:


Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

       1 Kings 17:1


In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.

       1 Kings 16:29-30


Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.

       1 Kings 17:2-3


“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?”

       1 Kings 17:19-20


Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

       1 Kings 17:21-24


Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

       1 Kings 18:21-24


At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

       1 Kings 18:36-46



Understanding prayer from the scriptures:


Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

       Romans 5:1-2



Three tips for understanding prayer:


1. Prayer is defined by the whole Bible not just by a few verses.


2. Prayer is more about connecting with God than getting from God.


3. Prayer is an act of obedience more than desperation.


Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

       1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



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Small Group Questions


Ice Breaker


What is your most memorable experience with prayer?



First Impressions


In our series on the book of James, what was most challenging, helpful or interesting to you? Is there something that you disagreed with or were confused about? 



Digging Deeper in the Text


Read James 5:13-18

1. What do the following scriptures reveal to us about what can be accomplished by prayer?

  • Colossians 1:9-13

  • Ephesians 3:16-18

  • Philemon 1:6

2. Nehemiah was a man whose life went far beyond just asking God for what he wanted.

  • Read Nehemiah 1:1-10 and write down any insights from the communication that Nehemiah has with God.

  • How might these insights help you to grow in your own prayer life? 


3. Of the three tips for understanding prayer better, which one resonates with you the most? Why?