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May 22, 2022

Welcome and Announcements

Musical Prelude

Call to Worship
Minister: When Moses gathered the people of Israel, God said,
Congregation: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
Minister: As we gather here today, let us worship the Lord, who continues to be our God and who still brings us out of the places of our bondage.

Song of Adoration: Hymn #699 “Like A River Glorious”

Prayer of Invocation

Song of Praise: Red Book #46 “May the Peoples Praise You”

Song of Thanksgiving: Hymn #676 “Day by Day and with each Passing Moment”

Scripture Reading: Acts 1:6-11

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession – Rick Moore, Ruling Elder

Song of Preparation: Hymn #465 “Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord”

Sermon: “The Ascension is for your Advantage”
Scripture: Luke 24; Acts 1; John 16:7
1. The Risen Lord is in Heaven… Place/Physical body
2. Our Risen Lord is on the Throne (Rev. 4-5)
3. Our Risen/Ascended Lord is our Advocate
4. Our Risen/Ascended Lord convicts the world of sin and opens the door to world-wide evangelism.
5. Our Risen/Ascended Lord has not forsaken; he has gone to prepare a place for us/take us unto himself.

Confession of Faith
Minister: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Congregation: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

The Lord’s Supper

Confession of Sin
Minister: Let us now confess our sins before the Lord.
Congregation: O gracious and gentle and condescending God, God of peace, Father of mercy, God of all comfort: we confess before you the evil of our hearts; we acknowledge that we are too inclined toward anger, jealousy, and revenge, to ambition and pride, which often give rise to discord and bitter feelings between others and us. Too often have we thus both offended and grieved you, O long-suffering Father. Forgive us this sin and permit us to partake of the blessing you have promised the peacemakers, who shall be called the children of God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Invitation to Communicants

Words of Institution

Distribution of the elements

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Closing Song: “The Bond of Love”