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
November 29, 2020
*Call to Worship: Psalm 103:1-5
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
*Salutation: Ephesians 1:2
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
*First Hymn: “How Great Thou Art,” #44
*Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
“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.”
*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.”
Prophets: Isaiah 64:1-9;
Psalms: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Epistles: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Homily: “The Benefits of Grace in Death,” SC #37
Q. 38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
A. At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.
1 Corinthians 15:42-43; Matthew 25:33-34, 46; Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2; Psalm 16:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
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.”
Sermon Text: Genesis 39:1-23 ESV
Sermon: “Falsely Accused”
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise him above ye heavn’ly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37
Confession of Sin (Prayer)
Promise of Forgiveness: 1 John 1:8-9
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
*Final Hymn: “Have Thine Own Way, Lord!” #688
*Benediction: Psalm 20:1-2, 4; p. 579
“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion…. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Amen.
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.