The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, March 18, 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.
The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Welcome and Announcements
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 along are holy.
Congregation: All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #263 Lift High the Cross
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book #11 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #7 The Wonderful Cross
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31
Mission Spotlight— Ray and Michelle Call, Uruguay
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Mr. Bill Kokke, Ruling Elder
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” (Psalm 96:8-9)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #166 Wondrous King, All Glorious
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: Cleaning the Unclean” (Luke 5:12-26)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! (Psalm 139:23)
Congregation: God, forgive our doubting, questioning hearts. Like the scribes who witnessed Jesus’ miracles of healing and heard his proclamation, yet spurned belief, we too have seen wonders, yet have hardened our hearts. We confess the many times that our pessimism has caused others to doubt themselves and your Spirit, the times that our criticism has wounded others, the times that our dejection has dampened the enthusiasm of those inspired by your Word and work. O God, forgive us and in your mercy renew us, that with open hearts we may believe and never pose an obstacle to the faith of others. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God for those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:12-14)
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
Confession of Faith: (Heidelberg Catechism, Q.32)
Minister: Why are you called a Christian?
Congregation: Because I am a member of Christ by faith and thus share in His anointing, so that I may as prophet confess His Name, as priest present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him, and as king fight with a free and good conscience against sin and the devil in this life, and hereafter reign with Him eternally over all creatures.
* Closing Song: Hymn #726 Spirit of the Living God
* 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