The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, August 20, 2017
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.
The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship (Psalm 24:1-4)
Minister: The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.
Congregation: For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Minister: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
Congregation: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
(based on Psalm 51)
Minister: Since we do not have clean hands or pure hearts, but have lifed up our souls to what is false, let us confess our sin to God.
Congregation: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Amen
Assurance of Pardon:
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145:13-14)
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #38 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #460 Amazing Grace! (vs 1-4,6)
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #7 The Wonderful Cross
Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Dr. Dennis Ferris, Ruling Elder Emeritus
Worship of Giving:
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
* Song of Preparation: Red Book #36 Psalm 48:9-14
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“A Rebuilding Community: Pure Joy” (Nehemiah 12:27-47)
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds:
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets;
and we believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church;
we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
* “catholic” means “universal”
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 Hymn: Red Book #35 Give Thanks
* 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