The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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 97)
Minister: The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Congregation: The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.
Minister: Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Congregation: Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
* Song of Adoration: Red Book #10 Come, Ye Sinners
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #580 Lead On, O King Eternal
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #41 Jesus, There’s No One Like You
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:1-6
Confession of Faith: (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.32)
Minister: What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
Congregation: They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.
Mission Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Dr. Jan Morse, Ruling Elder Emeritus
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” (Psalm 111:1)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #642 Be Thou My Vision
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: The One Who Is Our Treasure” (Matthew 13:44-52
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24)
Congregation: When we deny you, O God, forgive. When the risks of discipleship are too high, when we wash our hands of responsibility, when we dast our lot with those in power so that we might buy our freedom, when fear keeps us from witnessing to your truth, forgive us, O God. In the light of your truth, raise us up in your love so that we may joyfully witness to your awesome deeds and live in light of Your resurrection power, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Hear now the promise of of the gospel:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
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 #733 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