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Morning Worship Service: 29-Oct-2023
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, October 29, 2023
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Pastor Joel E. Wood
Sermon Title: A Quick Question or Two
Sermon Text:  Acts 4:1-12 

Worship Guide:
Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – “Christ Is Our Cornerstone” 

Call to Worship – 1 Chronicles 16:8-11, 14-15, 33

Leader: Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
People: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Leader: He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.
People: Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
All: Tell of his salvation from day to day.

Trinity Hymnal #92 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. 
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; 
his craft and pow'r are great; and armed with cruel hate, 
on earth is not his equal. 

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. 
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he,
Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, 
and he must win the battle. 

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. 
The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him. 

That Word above all earthly pow'rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth. 
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; 
the body they may kill: God's truth abideth still; 
his kingdom is forever. 

Reflection on the Law

Leader: Honor your father and your mother.
People: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Eph. 6:1) 

Leader: You shall not murder.
People: Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 Jn. 3:15)

Leader: You shall not commit adultery. People: Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Mt. 5:28) 

Leader: You shall not steal.
People: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. Do your work 
quietly and earn your own living. (2 Th. 3:10,12) 

Leader: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. People: Having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor. (Eph. 4:25) 

Leader: You shall not covet anything that is your neighbor's.
People: For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Gal. 5:14) 

Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon – Romans 5:8

Trinity Hymnal #599   “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare: 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast bought us, thine we are; 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast bought us, thine we are. 

We are thine; do thou befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray: 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we pray; 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we pray. 

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; 
thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free: 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, let us early turn to thee; 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, let us early turn to thee. 

Early let us seek thy favor; early let us do thy will;
blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill: 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast loved us, love us still, 
blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast loved us, love us still. 

Prayer of the Church – Pastor M. Connor Underseth

Psalm 119:73-80 “Your Hands Created and Established Me” [tune: Trinity Hymnal #402]

Your hands created and established me.
Give understanding; Your commands I’ll learn. 
May those who fear You see me and be glad
When they have seen how to Your word I turn. 

O LORD, I know how right Your judgments are; 
In faithfulness You have afflicted me.
As to Your servant You once gave Your word, 
May Your unfailing love my comfort be. 

Let Your compassion come to give me life,
For in Your law my joy is very great.
Shamed be the proud who wrong me with their lies; 
But on Your precepts I will meditate. 

May all of those who fear You turn to me,
Those who Your testimonies know and claim.
May my heart keep Your statutes blamelessly 
So that I never may beput to shame. 

God’s Word Read: Acts 4:1-12
God’s Word Preached: “A Quick Question or Two” 
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.

Trinity Hymnal #420  “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”

At the Lamb's high feast we sing 
praise to our victorious King,
who has washed us in the tide 
flowing from his pierced side; 
praise we him whose love divine 
gives his sacred blood for wine, 
gives his body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest. 

Where the paschal blood is poured, 
death's dark angel sheathes his sword; 
Israel's hosts triumphant go
through the wave that drowns the foe. 
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed, 
paschal victim, paschal bread; 
with sincerity and love
eat we manna from above. 

Mighty victim from the sky,
pow'rs of hell beneath thee lie; 
death is conquered in the fight, 
thou hast brought us life and light: 
hymns of glory and of praise,
risen Lord, to thee we raise;
holy Father, praise to thee,
with the Spirit, ever be. 

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 - “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord” [CCLI #20797]

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
God of pow’r and might,
Heav’n and earth are
Filled with Your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, in the highest. (2x) 

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.