The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, November 17, 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 – Psalm 100
Minister: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
Congregation: It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Minister: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Congregation: For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #181 We Come, O Christ, to You
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book 39 Joy Has Dawned
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 44 Jesus, Thank You
Confession of Faith – Westminster Larger Catechism, Q.49
Q. 49. How did Christ humble himself in his death?
A. Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas, forsaken by his disciples, scorned and rejected by the world, condemned by Pilate, and tormented by his persecutors; having also conflicted with the terrors of death, and the powers of darkness, felt and borne the weight of God’s wrath, he laid down his life an offering for sin, enduring the painful, shameful, and cursed death of the cross.
Scripture Reading: 2nd Samuel 15:1-12
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Mr. Joel Campbell, Ruling Elder
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” (Psalm 111:1)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #650 I Will Sing of My Redeemer
Sermon: “The Story of Jesus: The One Who Came to Serve (Matthew 20:17-28)
Rev. Sean M. Henderson
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: God has blessed us so that we might be a blessing others. Having failed to be a blessing in this way, let us confess our sin to 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 those in need. 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 sin and trust in Christ:
“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:8-9)
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: Mark Casson, Metanoia Prison Ministries
* Closing Song: #733 Doxology
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