The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, June 25, 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
Call to Worship: (Psalm 92:1-2,4)
Minister: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Congregation: To declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.
Minister: For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work.
Congregation: At the works of your hands I sing for joy.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #164 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book #16 Arise, My Soul, Arise
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #30 The Power of the Cross
Scripture Reading: Exodus 8:1-15
Pastoral Prayer: Mr. Joel Campbell, Ruling Elder
Worship of Giving:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #735 Gloria Patri
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“A Rebuilding Community: Generous Mercy” (Nehemiah 5:1-19)
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Let us confess our sin to Almighty God.
Congregation: Loving God, we gather today, rich in blessing, believing that we somehow merit the wealth and comforts we enjoy. Forgive us, our God, for comfortably closing our eyes to the needs of the poor. Forgive us, our God, for keeping a distance between “us” and “them,” for closing our ears to the cries of the hungry. Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us for clinging to our own possessions rather than to you. Unite us with hearts of thanksgiving, that we may reflect your grace to a world in need. Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sins and trust in Christ:
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace: (Ephesians 1:7)
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: (Canons of Dordt; Head 1, Article 4)
Minister: What is the right response to the gospel?
Congregation: God’s anger remains on those who do not believe this gospel. But those who do accept it and embrace Jesus the Savior with a true and living faith are delivered through him from God’s anger and from destruction, and receive the gift of eternal life.
* Closing Hymn: Red Book #35 Give Thanks (with a grateful heart)
* 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