The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, January 21, 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.
The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship: from Psalm 150:1-2,6)
Minister: Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Congregation: Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Minister: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Congregation: Praise the Lord!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #295 Crown Him With Many Crowns
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book #14 Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #40 Behold Our God
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Dr. Dennis Ferris, 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 #168 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: Born to Grow” (Luke 2:39-52)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin:
Minister: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. Let us confess our sin to God.
Congregation: God of light, we have been so blind when truth has been so clear. When we could have looked ahead, we fell behind. When we could have viewed the wider picture we saw only a part. When we could have sensed the Spirit leading, we missed the way. Forgive our dim apprehension of God’s clear leading. Give us faith that trusts when it cannot see through the light that lingers when all else fails even the bright Morning Star of our faith, Jesus Christ, the Savior. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promise of the gospel:
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)
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
Confession of Faith: (Westminster Larger Catechism, Q.37)
Minister: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
Congregation: Christ the Son of God became man, by taking to himself a true body and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the virgin Mary, of her substance, and born of her, yet without sin.
* 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