The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, July 15, 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: (Psalm 100)
Minister: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
Congregation: It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Minister: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Congregation: For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #115 All Creatures of Our God and King
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book #23 O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #41 Jesus, There’s No One Like You
Confession of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
* “catholic” means “universal”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Mission Spotlight—Metanoia Ministries
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Mr. Rick Moore, Ruling Elder
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #44 How Great Thou Art
The Preaching of the Word: Mr. Mark Casson
“The Love of God” (John 3:16)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Faith: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Jesus summarized the law with these words: “‘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.”’ As God has instructed us in these great commandments, and because we have not lived in full obedience, let us now confess our sins to God.
Congregation: Wonderous God, who sets suns and moons above us, mountains and valleys beneath us, and friends and strangers among us: how often have we tried to hide from your presence, how seldom have we looked for your creating face and your fashioning hand! O God who took upon yourself flesh of our flesh in Jesus our brother: how often we have forgotten you, how seldom have we really loved and followed you, how often have we ignored your promptings, how seldom have we asked for your help or accepted your gifts! Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
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
Special Collection—Mark Casson, Metanoia Ministries
* Closing Song: 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