Worship Service – October 2, 2022

Guest Pastor: Dr. Alan Hickok

Scripture :   Jonah 1: 1-10

Jonah Flees From the Lord

1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.   Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.   But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”    Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”  He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”   10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)


Call to Worship:

L:  The Voice calling long ago.

P:  The Voice calling today.

L:  The Voice compelling Jonah to go.

P:  The Voice compelling us to go.

L:  The Voice calling to Jonah compelling him to share the good news of God’s redemptive love.

P:  The Voice calling to us compelling us to share the good news of God’s redemptive love.


Prayer of Confession:    Heavenly Father, I fear I am too ready and willing to criticize the behavior of Jonah who tried to circumnavigate Your Word in order to escape carrying out Your plans and purposes in his life.  Forgive me for the times I have turned a deaf ear to Your call or a blind eye to Your Word of truth.  Help me to be alert to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my life.  This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.


 Message:   “Coping or heeding the Call”

Listen To Audio: Service 1022022


God be with you ‘til we meet again, By His counsels guide, up-hold you, With His sheep securely fold you: God be with you ‘til we meet again





Pastor Joe will be unavailable at the church on Thursday Mornings during the month of October.  If you need pastoral care during this time, please contact a session member for assistance.

Loose change goes to Local Mission.

Social Hour after Sunday Services today.    Greeting cards for signature are in the Community Building.

Sunday School starts at 8:30am

Choir practice will be on Thursday at 9:00 A.M. 

Presbyterian Women will meet on Thursday, October 13 at 11 A.M.

Session will meet on Saturday, October 15th, at 9 A.M.

Men’s Breakfast, Wednesday October 19 at 8:00 A.M.

Newsletter Deadline, Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Please sign up to host one of the social hours on the Sunday after Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month.  Hosting only means setting out what is brought and cleaning up afterward.  It does not mean bringing everything to share.






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