May 9, 2021, 5 p.m.

Preparing for Worship


Call to Worship:  Psalm 150:1-2, 6

Minister: Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!

People: Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

All: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!        

Hymn: "We Are God's People" Hymnal #355                                  

We are God's people, the chosen of the Lord,
Born of His Spirit, established by His Word;
Our cornerstone is Christ alone and strong in Him we stand;
O let us live transparently and walk heart to heart and hand in hand

We are God’s love ones, the Bride of Christ our Lord,
For we have known it, the love of God outpoured;
Now let us learn how to return the gift of love once giv’n:
O let us share each joy and care, and live with a zeal that pleases heav’n.

We are the Body of which the Lord is Head,
Called to obey him, now risen from the dead;
He wills us be a family, diverse yet truly one:
O let us give our gifts to God, and so shall his work on earth be done.

We are a temple, the Spirit's dwelling place,
Formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God's grace;
We die alone for on its own each ember loses fire,
Yet joined in one the flame burns on to give warmth and light and to inspire

Prayer of Invocation


Holy, Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord.
Holy, Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord.
Holy is the Father, Holy is the Son
Holy is the Spirit; blessed Three in One

Prayer of the Church - Elder Dean Abbott

Hymn: "Trust and Obey" Hymnal #672

When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word,
What a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain: Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But his smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil he doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of his love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor he shows, and the joy he bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey
. [Refrain]

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet,
Or we will walk by his side in the way;
What he says we will do, where he sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Catechizing of the Congregation;  WSC Questions 33-34

Q. 33. What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

Q. 34. What is adoption?

A. Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God.

Hymn: "Built on the Rock, the church Doth Stand" Hymnal #351

Built on the rock the church doth stand, even when steeples are falling;
crumbled have spires in every land, bells still are chiming and calling;
calling the young and old to rest, calling the souls of men distressed,
longing for life everlasting.

Surely in temples made with hands God, the Most High is not dwelling;
high in the heav'ns his temple stands, all earthly temples excelling.
Yet he who dwells in heav'n above deigns to abide with us in love,
making our bodies his temple.

We are God's house of living stones, built for his own habitation;
he fills our hearts, his humble thrones, granting us life and salvation.
Were two or three to seek his face, he is their midst would show his grace,
blessings upon them bestowing.

Yet in this house, an earthly frame, Jesus his children is blessing;
higher we come to praise his name, faith in our Savior confessing.
Jesus to us his Spirit sent, making with us his covenant,
granting his children the kingdom.

Now we may gather with our King e'en in the lowliest dwelling;
praises to him we there may bring, his wondrous mercy forth-telling.
Jesus his grace to us accords, spirit and life are all his words;
his truth doth hallow the temple.

Sermon Text: 1 Peter 2:1-10

Sermon: "Christ the Living Stone and the New People of God" by Pastor M. Connor Underseth

*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!