The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, September 23, 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: (from Romans 10 and 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Minister: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Congregation: For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Minister: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Congregation: Let us receive the word with joy, and thank God for His work in our lives.
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #660 O God Beyond All Praising
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #24 By Faith
Confession of Faith: (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.3)
Minister: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
Congregation: The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:18-29
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Rev. Sean M. Henderson, Pastor
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)
* Song of Preparation: Red Book #22 Speak, O Lord
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: The One Who Sows the Seed” (Matthew 12: 1-23)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: The Psalmist writes, “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in hs commandments!” Since we have not delighted in God’s commands, let us confess our sin to Him.
Congregation: Lord God, we have given more weight to our successes and our happiness than to your will. We have eaten without a thought for the hungry. We have spoken without an effort to understand others. We have kept silence instead of telling the truth. We have judged others, forgetful that you alone are the Judge. We have acted rather in accordance with our opinions than according to your commands. Within your church we have been slow to practice love of our neighbors. And in the world we have not been your faithful servants. Forgive us and help us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:13-14)
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: 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