Community West Church

Sunday Service

May 16th, 2021

Gathering Prelude

Free to Dance by: Darlene Zschech


Verse 1

This song in my heart, this song in my soul
This song I was born to sing
It’s Your song of freedom, now I’m free to dance again

Verse 2

I’ll sing in the darkness, I’ll laugh in the rain
Rejoice in Your love again
It’s Your song of freedom, now I’m free to dance again


Your Spirit brings me liberty
Your breath of life has set me free

Verse 1

Verse 2


Jesus, Your love, it lifts me high
Gives me reason to run the race with joy
This song within me, Lord, will bless Your Holy name
Jesus, I’ll dance before Your throne
Bring this heavenly sound to You alone
This song within me. Lord, will bless Your Holy name


Welcome to our Sunday gathering!  Whether you are here for the first time, or you have been with us many times before, we are honored to have you part of our community today.

Vision Statement: To see the people and places of West Richmond and beyond transformed by the love of God through Christ Jesus.

Call to Worship

Reminding ourselves of who God is and our intention to worship Him in community.

Leader: Come, all who are weary and heavy laden. Those with aches and pains, bumps and bruises, maladies and illnesses. Come and rejoice in the Lord our God!

People: For our brokenness is now our strength, and hope in God is our healing.

Leader: Though our feet may grow heavy and our arms may grow weak, God has promised to make all things new!

People: And we long for this day when all broken things are restored.

Leader: The present world and the world to come both belong to our Father, and though the wrong often seems so strong He will make all things right.

All: But until that day we will rejoice in the Lord, for He is our joy and our strength!

Worship Through Music

Praising God for who he is and responding in body and spirit to the truth of the gospel.

This Is My Father's World

Maltbie D. Babcock, Mary Crawford Babcock, and Franklin Lawrence Sheppard

Verse 1

This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres
This is my Father’s world
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas
His hand the wonders wrought

Verse 2

This is my Father’s world
The birds their carols raise
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their Maker’s praise
This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere

Verse 3

This is my Father’s world
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the ruler yet
This is my Father’s world
The battle is not done
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied
And earth and Heaven be one

Children's Message

Prayers of the People and Confession


Reading and examining the Bible under the guidance of the preacher.

Hope for an Embodied Immortality

Bible Reading 1 Corinthians 15.35-50 (ESV)

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Musical Reflection

An intentional time to reflect on and respond to the Bible reading and the message.

I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio, and Matt Maher 


Verse 1

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”


Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

Verse 2

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes




And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
Worthy is the Lamb
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
Worthy is the Lamb (repeat)


Call for Offering

Financial giving in response to God’s grace, and as an expression of our worship, obedience and trust. 

You can give in one of two ways

  • You can give cash or checks in the green box on the hospitality table
  • You can give online by clicking here

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion

Sandra McCracken


We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

Verse 1

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the LORD our God
We are not consumed, by the flood
Upheld, protected, gathered up


Verse 2

In the dark of night, before the dawn
My soul, be not afraid
For the promised morning, oh how long?
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength


Verse 3

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom.



A personal and communal blessing from the Bible to strengthen us as we go back out into the world. 

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