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Morning Worship Service: 28-Jan-2024
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, January 28, 2024
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Pastor Joel E. Wood “The Unshakeable Plan” 
Sermon Text: Acts 5::17-42 
Worship Guide:

Welcome and Announcements 

Choral Introit “To God Be the Glory” 

Call to Worship: Psalm 115:1, 12, 18 
Leader: Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
People: But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
Leader: The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
All: Praise the Lord!


Trinity Hymnal #295: “Crown Him with Many Crowns” 
Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
hark! how the heav'nly anthem drowns
all music but its own:
awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified:
no angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of peace;
whose pow'r a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
absorbed in prayer and praise:
his reign shall know no end;
and round his pierced feet
fair flow'rs of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,
the Potentate of time;
Creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime:
all hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me:
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

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)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 2 Corinthians 5:21 

Trinity Hymnal #597 “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire” 
Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess,
and striving so my love profess,
but not be giv'n by love within,
the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship and are freed.
Jesus calls us: by thy mercies, 
Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience, 
serve and love thee best of all. 

Prayer of the Church: Elder Bill Wood 

Psalm 39:7-12: “And Now, O Lord” 
“And now, O Lord, what am I waiting for? 
My expectation You have surely been. 
Deliver me from all my sinfulness,
O make me not the scorn of foolish men. 

I held my tongue; I opened not my mouth, 
For this affliction came at Your command.
But now remove Your plague away from me;
I am consumed beneath Your chast’ning hand. 

With Your rebukes You chasten man for sin; 
His beauty fades beneath the touch of death. 
You, like a moth, consume his precious things; 
Oh, surely every man is but a breath. 

LORD, hear my prayer, and heed my cry and tears; 
I am Your pilgrim as my fathers were.
O turn Your gaze, let me be glad again,
Before I go away and am no more.” 

GOD’S WORD READ: Acts 5:17-42 
GOD’S WORD PREACHED: “The Unshakeable Plan” by Pastor Joel E. Wood

Prayer of Application & 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 #252 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” 
When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ my God:
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down:
did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

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. 

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 
Serving of the Supper 
Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Song of Praise: “Awesome God” 
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God
CCLI Song # 41099

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.