Our Philosophy of Worship
how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see."
Join Us for Great Fellowship and Joyful Worship
Our morning worship service is a traditional, reformed worship service. We worship the one God who eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This one God knows us fully and completely, and has sovereignly called us into his presence for worship each Lord's day. Our focus is on the transcendent glory of our infinitely personal Creator and Redeemer, whom we approach through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit.
Our worship is a revelation of the God of grace, who does not treat us as our sins deserve, but freely receives all who repent of their sins and trust in his word. His amazing grace is seen in the gift of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who in humility took on our humanity, and in that humanity he bled and died for the sins of his people. His sacrificial death fully atoned for all of their sin, eliminating the need for any further sacrifices or offerings for sin. What is more, his perfect righteousness has been credited to all who believe on him, so that they may enter the presence of the Father boldly in worship, knowing that in Christ they are now made perfect, even as their Father in heaven is perfect. We now live in hope of the glory of God, and await eagerly the revelation of his Son from heaven.
Our worship is spiritual and true, as we worship in the simplicity and purity of God's word and Spirit. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament reveal the mind and will of God for us, showing us how to be saved from the wrath of God and restored to his good favor. These Scriptures always focus on Jesus Christ in his work as our Prophet, Priest, and King. They provide the foundation for renewing us in Christ's image, making us mature and complete in him. They will transform our families, our church, and our world, until the earth is full of the knowledge of the Lord "as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9).
We value a traditional Reformed Liturgy that reminds us of our connections with the saints of the past, and points to our fellowship in heavenly places. We recite the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed to show our union with the historic Christian church and the faith that has been passed down for generations. We include the Lord's Prayer in our prayers as a part of worship so that we may learn how to pray more fully in private. We sing of God's glory and his work of redemption using psalms and hymns approved by our session and enjoyed by our congregation. They express a mature faith in Jesus Christ, and provide rich vocal and instrumental harmonies for our worship. We bring our offerings before the Lord for his blessing, so that his kingdom would advance in our community and throughout the earth.
Sunday Worship Service
NOVEMBER 3, 2019
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT
*Call to Worship: Psalm 96:7-9
“Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 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!”
*First Hymn: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” #115
SAVE US, WE PRAY, O LORD!
Our Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Elder: Church of the Lord Jesus, what do you believe?
Congregation: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
Elder: What promise does Scripture give to those who confess the name of Jesus?
Congregation: “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.”
Elder: Thanks be to God!
Congregation: “Amen and Amen!”
Gloria Patri: p. xv
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Traditional)
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
YOU ARE MY GOD; I WILL EXTOL YOU
*Hymn of the Month: “Children of the Heavenly Father,” #131
Sermon Text: Genesis 4:17-26, p. 5
Sermon: “The Rise of a Pagan Culture”
WE BLESS YOU FROM THE HOUSE OF THE LORD!
Tithes and Offerings
Confession of Sin
Promise of Forgiveness
Communion Hymn: “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,” #254
The Lord’s Supper
HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
*Hymn: “How Firm a Foundation,” #94
*Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21
*Closing Anthem: “All creation, join in praising,” #164 (v. 5)
“All creation, join in praising God the Father, Spirit, Son; Evermore your voices raising to th'eternal Three in One: Ye who know and love the Savior, Praise his name where ‘er you go!”
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you this morning and look forward to getting acquainted. Please take a moment to record your visit today by filling out a Visitor Card and adding that to the offering plate this morning. After the service, please join us for a light refreshment downstairs and a great time of fellowship.
Sunday School: 9:30 AM.
Refreshments and Fellowship: 10:30 AM.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 AM.
The Men’s Reformed Fellowship will meet at 8:00 AM on Thursday at the A&N Diner. We will consider “The New Birth.”