June 20, 2021, 5 p.m.

Preparing for Worship


*Call to Worship:  Psalm 16:7-9a

Minister: I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
People: I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
People: Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices.

*Hymn: "Father, Father of All Things" Hymnal #106

Father, Father of all things we bless You
Father, we love and adore You
O Father, Your children praise You
Father, Father of light and of power
Father, Your greatness surrounds the earth
And all of Your children declare You are Lord

Jesus, only Son of the living God
Jesus, You willingly suffered
That through You we might know His love
Jesus, cleanse us Your people and fill us
Pour down Your Spirit upon us
That we as Your body may show forth Your love

Spirit, sent by the Son to dwell in us
Living and working within us
To make us more like Jesus
Spirit, fall down upon us as fire
Fill and equip us with power
And draw from us love and praise to the Lord

*Prayer of Invocation

Hymn: "Father, We Thank You for the Night" Hymnal #633

Father, we thank you for the night,
And for the lovely morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving ev'ry day.

Lord, keep our lips from sin today;
Help us to trust and to obey.
Lord, keep our feet from evil ways;
And fill our hearts with joy and praise.

Prayer of the Church - Elder Curt Goodhart

Catechizing of the Congregation  - WSC Questions 45-46

Q. 45. Which is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Q. 46. What is required in the first commandment?

A. The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.

The Hymn:  “Be Thou My Vision” Hymnal #642

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art -
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
Thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r;
Raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

*Sermon Text: Philippians 3:12-16

Sermon: "Not Perfection but Progression" by Rev. Ben Muresan

*Doxology: “To Him Who Sits on the Throne” Songbook #94

To Him who sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb
To Him who sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb
Be blessing and honor and glory and power forever!
Be blessing and honor and glory and power forever!