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."
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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
July 26, 2020
*Call to Worship: Psalm 9:1-2
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
*Salutation: Ephesians 1:2
First Hymn: “The God of Abraham Praise,” #34
*Confession of Faith: Philippians 2
PASTOR: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who…
CONGREGATION: “…though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
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.”
Homily: “Christ Our Priest,” Shorter Catechism #25
Q. 25. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and in making continual intercession for us.
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.”
Hymn: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain,” p.455
Sermon Text: Genesis 25:1-18
Sermon: “My Last Breath”
Confession of Sin (Prayer)
Promise of Forgiveness: Micah 7:18-19
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
Final Hymn: “It Is Well With My Soul,” #691
*Benediction: Ephesians 6:23-24
“Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.”
Closing Anthem: “By All Let God Be Praised,” #112 (verse 5)
“By all let God be praised, for he alone is great; Above the earth and heav'n he reigns in glorious state; Praise him, ye saints, who know his grace and ever dwell before his face.”
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
You may make your offerings to the Lord this morning by placing them in the offering plate or online using our PayPal account.
If you wish to sing, please be sure to wear your mask to help slow the spread of the Communist China Virus.
Please observe a safe social distance of 6’ in your seating and during a time of fellowship.
Please wear a mask at while moving around the church building and exit the building as soon as possible following the service. You may remove your mask once you are seated or at any time when you are short of breath.