The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, October 20, 2019
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
Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship – from Revelation 15:3-4
Minister: Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God Almighty!
Congregation: Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!
Minister: Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.
Congregation: All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #377 Jesus, Where’er Your People Meet
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book 45 He Is Our God
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 37 Agnus Dei
Confession of Faith – Westminster Larger Catechism, Q.73
Minister: How does faith justify a sinner in the sight of God?
Congregation: Faith justifies a sinner in the sight of God, not because of those other graces which do always accompany it, or of good works that are the fruits of it, nor as if the grace of faith, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification; but only as it is an instrument by which he receives and applies Christ and his righteousness.
Scripture Reading: 2nd Samuel 11:14-27
Mission Spotlight: Ray and Michele Call, Belize
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Dr. Dennis Ferris, Ruling Elder Emeritus
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #308 Jesus Paid It All
Sermon: “Advancing the Gospel” (Colossians 4:2-6)
Rev. Ray Call
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: The Scripture says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise” (Eph.5:15). Brothers and sisters, let us confess our sin to God.
Congregation: Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. We confess that it is still all too easy for us to sacrifice our convictions for convenience, your standards for status, your principles for promotion, your absolutes for our ambition, our souls for shallow and unsatisfying success. How easily we are seduced by power, prestige, pleasure, or possessions—seduced into violating our integrity or harming our fellowship with you. From earth’s fullest bliss we turn to you again, unfulfilled. Forgive us our half-hearted devotion and our double-minded spirit. In the name of him who refused to save himself we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the good news!:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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 – Ray and Michele Call
* Closing Song: #726 Spirit of the Living God
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