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The Lord’s Day Morning Worship

 Sunday, February 25, 2018

Welcome

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:      (Hebrews 12:2-3)                                                               

     Minister: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

           Congregation: Come, let us worship the Lord! Let us worship our God and King!                   

*   Song of Adoration:       Hymn #296   All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (vs 1,3-6) 

*    Prayer of Invocation

*   Song of Praise:      Red Book #4   Jesus, I Come                                                                                          

*   Song of Thanksgiving:      Red Book #19   And Can It Be

Confession of Sin:      (Adapted from Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)

       Minister: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

            Congregation: God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.   We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

     Hear now the promises of God for those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

Scripture Reading:      Isaiah 28:5-17

*   Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession:      Mr. Joel Campbell, Ruling Elder 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:

     “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”   (Romans 12:1) 

*   Song of Preparation:      Hymn #164     O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing       

The Preaching of the Word:      Rev. Sean M. Henderson

“The Story of Jesus: A Hometown Welcome”   (Luke 4:14-30)

The Lord’s Supper 

Confession of Faith:       (Westminster Larger Catechism, Q42)

       Minister: Why was our mediator called Christ?

             Congregation: Our mediator was called Christ, because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost above measure; and so set apart, and fully furnished with all authority and ability, to execute the offices of prophet, priest, and king of his church, in the estate both of his humiliation and exaltation.

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:     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