Online Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ For Week Of Sunday,
February 26, 2006 Featuring The Topic, "On The Road To Jericho" with
Commentary By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Dangerous Curve On The Road To Jericho
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" (MLK)
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Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies
Words by Charles Wesley, Public Domain. Original hymn tune OMNIA GLORIA by
Bill McGinnis. Original music, arrangement, and MIDI sequence by Bill
McGinnis, Public Domain.
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CHRIST, WHOSE GLORY FILLS THE SKIES - by Charles Wesley , 1707-1788
Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o'er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day's return,
Till thy mercy's beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy Divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.
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O Lord, We pray that You will join with us
As now we come to worship only You.
Please be with us, and dwell here in our midst
And share with us the beauty of Yourself.
We hunger and we search for only You;
With full desire, we want You here with us.
In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.
Declaration Of Faith
The Apostles' Creed
This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early
centuries of the Christian church.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven
And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy catholic church; *
The communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.
* Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
believers in Christ, not just one particular church.
Prayer 4 You
"A Prayer To Banish Anger From The Earth"
Perhaps there was a time when man did need
A way to pump adrenalin inside,
To get us ready fast to fight or flee,
From animals or enemies at hand.
And if so, maybe anger had its place.
But now it seems that anger is a curse,
Which causes far more harm than it does good.
For rarely do we need to flee from lions,
But often are we harmed by angry men.
And so we pray that You will hear us now,
And grant this new request that now we make:
Please banish, Lord, all anger from the earth:
Just dry it up, and make it blow away,
And let it nevermore come back to us.
We know that You can do this if You wish,
And now we pray You make it come to pass.
Forgive us if we seem to ask too much,
But we, Your children, need this help from You.
In Jesus' name we pray for this, Amen.
by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain
Reading Of The Scriptures
The Good Samaritan
LUKE 10:25-37 (RSV)
The Good Samaritan
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test,
saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal
He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you
And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as
And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this,
and you will live."
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And
who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and
beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when
he saw him he passed by on the other side.
So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw
him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was;
and when he saw him, he had compassion,
and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil
and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought
him to an inn, and took care of him.
And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to
the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever
more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to
the man who fell among the robbers?"
He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus
said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Commentary On "The Good Samaritan," by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These words are part of his last speech, "I See The Promised Land,"
delivered in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968, the day before he was
shot and killed.
The essential question for each of us is: "If I do not stop to help this
man, what will happen to him?"
Begin MLK quote . . .
Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. One day a man came to
Jesus; and he wanted to raise some questions about some vital matters in
life. At points, he wanted to trick Jesus, and show him that he knew a
little more than Jesus knew, and through this, throw him off base. Now
that question could have easily ended up in a philosophical and
theological debate. But Jesus immediately pulled that question from
mid-air, and placed it on a dangerous curve between Jerusalem and Jericho.
And he talked about a certain man, who fell among thieves. You remember
that a Levite and a priest passed by on the other side. They didn't stop
to help him. And finally a man of another race came by. He got down from
his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy. But with him,
administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying,
this was the good man, because he had the capacity to project the "I" into
the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother. Now you know, we use
our imagination a great deal to try to determine why the priest and the
Levite didn't stop. At times we say they were busy going to church
meetings--an ecclesiastical gathering--and they had to get on down to
Jerusalem so they wouldn't be late for their meeting. At other times we
would speculate that there was a religious law that "One who was engaged
in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours
before the ceremony." And every now and then we begin to wonder whether
maybe they were not going down to Jerusalem, or down to Jericho, rather to
organize a "Jericho Road Improvement Association." That's a possibility.
Maybe they felt that it was better to deal with the problem from the
causal root, rather than to get bogged down with an individual effort.
But I'm going to tell you what my imagination tells me. It's possible that
these men were afraid. You see, the Jericho road is a dangerous road. I
remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. We rented a car and
drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road,
I said to my wife, "I can see why Jesus used this as a setting for his
parable." It's a winding, meandering road. It's really conducive for
ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles, or
rather 1200 feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho,
fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about 2200 feet below sea level.
That's a dangerous road. In the day of Jesus it came to be known as the
"Bloody Pass." And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite
looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still
around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was
merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in
order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy
seizure. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop
to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan
came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man,
what will happen to him?".
That's the question before you tonight. Not, "If I stop to help the
sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually
spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?" The question is
not, "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?" "If I
do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?"
That's the question.
Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a
greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these
days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an
opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once
more, for allowing me to be here with you.
End MLK quote.
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"Take this day, and live it for the Lord."
Take this day, and live it for the Lord;
In everything you do, give praise to Him.
The Lord is mighty, merciful and just.
He gives us all the strength we ever need.
We have no reason ever to complain,
For we are His, and He is in control.
Prayer For You
"Go Ahead And Give Yourself To Christ"
NOTE: When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
speak it to you. In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it
the same as if I were actually praying for you at that moment.
(Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch
them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)
Perhaps you are a Christian even now,
You go to church and try to do your best,
You try to put His teachings in your life,
But still you do not feel that He is yours.
You do not feel the closeness that you crave.
If this is you, then say this prayer with me:
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O Lord, I want you closer in my life,
I want you more to be a part of me.
I want the best relationship with you,
That anyone on earth could ever have.
I know that, "as we give, we shall receive,"
And so I now do give myself to you,
In full completeness, holding nothing back.
I'm yours, so you may use me as you will,
And take whatever things you want from me.
And now that I did give myself to you,
I pray that you will give yourself to me,
As bridegroom gives himself to his new bride.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.
by William McGinnis
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"O Holy Spirit, Enter Within Me"
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O HOLY SPIRIT, ENTER WITHIN ME - by William McGinnis, 1995 -
O Holy Spirit, enter within me,
Filling my heart with Thy holy grace;
Dwelling so sweetly, loving completely,
Making my body Thy holy place.
O Holy Spirit, sunlight eternal,
Brighten my path with Thy holy rays;
Always unfolding, never witholding,
Comfort and lead me all of my days.
And when my life on this Earth is over,
And when my soul from body is free,
Keep me forever, leaving me never,
Taking my soul to heaven with Thee.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!
This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.
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Rev. Bill McGinnis
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