Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell, Pastor

Morgan Park

 Baptist Church

11024 S. Bell Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60643


God’s Family Worships
First Sunday of Lent
February 26, 2023 
11:00 A.M.
Author of Life, may Your words continue to inspire us and guide us. May we understand the stories of old with new insight. May we hear the songs and poems as if they are being sung in us. We trust in the words of the prophets to bring us insight into Your ways of justice. May the laws and statutes and ordinances remind us that You desire us to be a people who practice justice and loving-kindness. We trust in the words of Jesus to lead us into life, the teachings of the apostles to shape our communities, and the revelations of Scripture to reveal Your mysteries in new ways. Author of Life, we know You are continuing to write our stories, woven together into the great mystery of creation, and we trust You in the process that one day we may understand a glimpse of all You have given us. Amen.

The Fellowship of Praise

Prelude            Cameron Jones                                                                                    

*Call to Worship             Gerald Williams

Leader: Rise above the ways of the world

 Congregation: We are called to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Leader: Rise above the ways of the world:

 Congregation: We are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
Leader: Rise above the ways of the world:

 Congregation: We are called to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Leader: Rise above the ways of the world:

 Congregation: We are called to live into the ways of Jesus.
            Come, let us worship Christ, and follow him.

*Hymn of Praise   “Rough Side of the Mountain” 
                                                                            by Rev. F. C. Barnes
 I’m comin’ up 
On the rough side of the mountain
I must hold to God
His powerful hand
I’m comin’ up
On the rough side of the mountain
I’m doing my best to make it in

*Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)
*Gloria Patri #734
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The Fellowship of the Family of God
Greetings and Announcements
Pastor's Welcome

The Fellowship of Giving
*Doxology #34  

The Fellowship of Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Praise and Thanks
For the continued ministry of MPBC; and the love and support of our MPBC members and friends; for our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell and his family.
For Healing and Rehabilitation
Annette Adams; Annether Baines; Diane Brownlee; Patsy Browning; Beverly Capers (sister of Beatrice Haywood); Elizabeth Chelton (Granddaughter of Patsy Browning); Trisha Clark (granddaughter of Penny Lord); Neil Cunningham; The Goodman Family; Linda Guisewite (mother of Debbie Taylor); Floyd Hale and family; Priscilla Hall; Aretha Hampton; Shavon Harp (Niece of Annether Baines); 
The Haywood Family; The Healy/Chase Family; Jack & Penny Lord; Linda, Stephanie & Joan McCarty; John & Flora Mitchell (Pastor Joel’s parents); Sam and Karen Mitchell; Beverly Nickerson; Haile Selassie (son of Bruce and Rev. Francine White); Barbara Shriver (mother of Gretchen Shriver); Robert Soria (grandson of Susan Soria); Debbie and Mack Taylor; Cassandra Taylor (JFK owner); Michael Whaley; Jeremy Williams & Family; Ira Williams
For Guidance and Direction
For our MPBC family, our vision for the future, and for our young people 
For Watchcare
All of our service men and women serving and all of our veterans; All of our missionaries, who serve in all parts of the USA and in many parts of the world; For the President of the United States, Joe Biden. For all the people who have suffered through natural disasters; For the city of Chicago, that violence will cease 

Pastoral Prayer 
The Fellowship of the Word 
*Hymn                                                        “Oh, How I Love Jesus” 
 Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me

Scripture Readings                                                       Gerald Williams

Sermon                                                                 Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell
The Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn                                    “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” 

 Every time I 
Feel the Spirit
Moving in my heart
I will pray, I will pray

Every time I
Feel the Spirit
Moving in my heart
Yes I will Pray

* Benediction


 *  Those who are able please stand

March Bible Study Schedule:
3/1 @ 7PM
3/8 @ 7PM
3/22 @ 7PM
3/29 @ 7
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