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Morning Worship Service: 22-Oct-2023
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, October 22, 2023
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Pastor Joel E. Wood
Sermon Title: Jesus, God’s Servant
Sermon Text:  Acts 3:26

Worship Guide:

Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” 

Call to Worship – Hebrews 12:28-29
Leader: Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. 
People: For our God is a consuming fire. 
Prayer of Adoration, Assistance, & Blessing 

Trinity Hymnal #32 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided -
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]

Reflection on the Law

Leader: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind. 
People: This is the great and first commandment. (Matt. 22: 37-38) 

Leader: God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the Lord your God. 
You shall have no other gods before me."
People: For although there may be so-called "gods" in heaven or on earth… 
yet for us there is one God. (1 Cor. 8:5-6)
Leader: You shall not make for yourself an idol.
People: What agreement has the temple of God with idols? 
For we are the temple of the living God. (2 Cor. 6:16)
Leader: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
People: Let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, 
so that you may not fall under condemnation. (Jam. 5:12)
Leader:  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
People: There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 
for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works 
as God did from his. (Heb. 4:9-10)

Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon – Philippians 1:6

Trinity Hymnal #516   “Jesus, I Live to Thee”

Jesus, I live to thee,
the loveliest and best;
my life in thee, thy life in me,
in thy blest love I rest.

Jesus, I die to thee,
whenever death shall come;
to die in thee is life to me
in my eternal home.

Whether to live or die,
I know not which is best;
to live in thee is bliss to me,
to die is endless rest.

Living or dying, Lord,
I ask but to be thine;
my life in thee, thy life in me,
makes heav'n forever mine.

Prayer of the Church - Elder Brad Tidwell

Psalm 103:1-5 “O Bless the Lord, my Soul” [tune: Trinity Hymnal #432]

O bless the LORD, my soul 
His blessedness proclaim; 
Let all that is within me join 
To bless His holy name. 

O bless the LORD my soul, 
His mercies bear in mind; 
Forget not all the ways in which 
He has to you been kind. 

He pardons and forgives
All your iniquities;
He from each sickness makes you well 
And heals you from disease. 

He purchases your life
To raise you from the dead; 
A crown of mercy and of love 
He places on your head. 

With good things, your desires 
He fully satisfies;
And therefore, like an eagle, you 
With youth renewed, arise. 

God’s Word Read: Acts 3:26
God’s Word Preached: “Jesus, God’s Servant” 
by Pastor Joel E. Wood
Prayer of Application and the Lord’s Prayer

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

 “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

CCLI Song # 1558110

Trinity Hymnal p. 845 - “Apostles Creed” 

Minister: Christian, what do you believe? 
All:  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.

Words of Institution and Warning 

Minister: The Lord be with you; 
People: And also with you. 

Minister: Lift up your hearts;
People: We lift them up to the Lord. 

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God;
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise. 

Communion Prayer
Approach the Table
Prayer of Thanksgiving

Song of Praise - “Micah 6:8” 

He has shown thee, O man,
What is good, and what the Lord requires of thee;
He has shown thee, O man,
What is good, and what the Lord requires of thee;
But to do justly, and to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with thy God.
CCLI Song # 37810

Trinity Hymnal #731 – “Doxology”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below; 
Praise him above, ye heav'nly host: 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.