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The Lord’s Day Morning Worship

Sunday, October 15, 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


This week’s order of worship is based on

the 1586 Middleburg Liturgy of the English Puritans

The Call to Worship

Minister: “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth”

(Psalm 124:8)

The Confession of Sin

(Adapted from Liturgies of the Western Church, 1961, The World Publishing Company)          

     Minister: Let us fall down before the Majesty of Almighty God, humbly confessing our sins, and follow in our hearts these words of repentance.                

Congregation: Eternal God and most merciful Father, we confess and acknowledge here before your Divine Majesty, that we are miserable sinners, conceived and born in sin, so that there is in us no goodness. The flesh evermore rebels against the Spirit. We continually transgress your holy laws and  commandments, and so purchase to ourselves your just judgement. Heavenly   Father, we humbly beseech you for Jesus Christ’s sake, to show mercy upon us, to forgive us all our sins, and to increase your Holy Spirit in us, that we may acknowledge our own unrighteousness, may mortify our sinful lusts and  affections, and may bring forth fruits that please You: not for any worthiness in us, but for the merits of your beloved Son Jesus Christ our only Savior. Amen. 

The Declaration of the Gospel:

     “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

*   Opening Psalm:       Hymn #455   And Can It Be 

Prayer for the Assistance of God’s Holy Spirit 

The Lord’s Prayer

           Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*   Psalm of Praise:      Red Book #1   Before the Throne of God Above

*   Psalm of Thanksgiving:       Red Book #37   Agnus Dei

Scripture Reading:       Exodus 16:2-15

Mission Spotlight: Brian Tsui, RUF—San Jose State 

*   Prayer for the Whole State of Christ’s Church:     Dr. Jan Morse, Ruling Elder Emeritus 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings 

*   Psalm of Preparation:       Hymn #439   Christ Shall Have Dominion

Sermon:      Rev. Brian Tsui

“The Great Comfort of the Great Commission” (Matthew 28:16-21)

The Lord’s Supper 

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”

Exhortation 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—Brian Tsui 

*   Closing Psalm:       Hymn #733   Doxology

*   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