The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, August 12, 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 66:1-2,4)
Minister: Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!
Congregation: All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.
* Song of Adoration: Red Book # 13 Jesus Cast a Look on Me
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #347 The Church’s One Foundation (1-4,6)
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #37 Agnus Dei
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25
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.
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Rev. Sean M. Henderson, Pastor
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
* Song of Praise: Hymn #304 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: The One Who Gives Rest to the Weary” (Matthew 11:20-30)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from “The Valley of Vision”)
Minister: God calls us to put on kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Knowing that we have not done this, let us ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.
Congregation: O Great God, let not price swell my heart. Help me to see myself in your sight. Humble my heart before you, and replenish it with your choicest gifts. When I leave duties undone, may condemning thought strip me of pride, deepen in me devotion to your service, and quicken me to more watchful care. When I am tempted to think highly of myself, grant me to see the power of my spiritual enemy; help me to stand with a cautious eye on the watch-tower of faith, and to cling with determined grasp to my humble Lord; if I fall let me hide myself in my Redeemer’s righteousness, and when I excape, may I ascribe all deliverance to your grace. Keep me humble, meek, and lowly, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promise of the gospel:
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)
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