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The Lord’s Day Morning Worship

Sunday,  January 20, 2019


If you are visiting with us, we are delighted you’re here. Please fill out the connection card in your bulletin and place it in the offering bag during the collection so that we will have a record of your visit and may have the opportunity to get to know you better. Please note that we have a nursery for children 2 and under. We also have a ‘cry room’ in the northwest corner of the sanctuary, as well as a “Family Room” for worship training in the Maroa Room with a live video stream of the service.  Please ask one of the ushers for assistance if you would like to make use of one of these options.  But please know that children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary at all times.

Welcome and Announcements 

The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Call to Worship:       (from Psalm 67)                                                               

     Minister: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.                 

           Congregation: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 

     Minister: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

                  Congregation: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!  

*     Song of Adoration:         Hymn #53     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

*     Prayer of Invocation 

*     Song of Praise:         Red Book #42     Come, People of the Risen King 

*     Song of Thanksgiving:         Red Book #41     Jesus, There’s No One Like You


Confession of Faith:       (Heidelberg Catechism, Q.55)                                        

     Minister: What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?

                  Congregation: First, that believers one and all, as members of Christ the Lord, have communion with him and share in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.

Scripture Reading:       1 Samuel 3:1-10 

*   Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession:         Dr. Dennis Ferris, Ruling Elder Emeritus

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:

     “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ   Jesus.”   (Philippians 4:19) 

*   Song of Preparation:         Hymn #164   O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing    

The Preaching of the Word:          Rev. Sean M. Henderson

“The Story of Jesus: The One Who Heals the Nations”   (Mark 7:24-37)

The Lord’s Supper   

Confession of Sin:           (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications) 

Minister: Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”, and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Let us confess our sin to God.

           Congregation:   Forgive us, O God, for the times that we deny you because the risks of discipleship are high, when we wash our hands of responsibility in order to avoid bearing the risk of loss. Forgive us, Lord, when our fear keeps us from             witnessing to your truth, or our prejudices keep us from living your truth. Tender God, renew us in your love so that, with joy, we may witness to your awesome deeds, and demonstrate Christ’s love to our neighbor. In the name of Jesus, the Risen One, we pray. Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon:

     Hear the good news!:

“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:13-14)

Invitation to Communicants   

The Words of Institution:

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also after Supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) 

The Distribution of the Elements:

Please remain seated as the elders bring the bread and the cup to you. Please hold the elements until all have been served so that we can partake together. If you need assistance, please let one of the elders know when they come by. This is the Lord’s Table, and so we come at His invitation. Therefore, we welcome all who have trusted in Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord. If you are a baptized member of this or any     evangelical church (a church where the gospel is loved and proclaimed), then we invite you to come. We ask that children not partake of the Lord’s Supper until they have become communing members of such a church. We come not on the basis of our own righteousness, but on the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, if you are a repentant sinner, who recognizes your only hope is in Christ’s redemptive work for you, then you are urged to come. 

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

*   Closing Song:        Hymn #731     Doxology

*   The Benediction  


The elders of the church are available for a time of prayer immediately after the service, if you wish.  Please   contact one of them if you would like them to pray with you today.  They are also available during the week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         *   Indicates To Stand, If You Are Able