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Morning Worship Service: 18-Feb-2024
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, February 18, 2024
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Pastor Joel E. Wood 
“Stephen’s Biblical Theology, Part 1: Abraham"
Acts 7:1-8 
Worship Guide:

Welcome and Announcements 

Choral Introit 
Call to Worship: Habakkuk 2:20, 3:18-19 
Leader: But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
People: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Leader: God, the Lord, is my strength; 
People: He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.


Trinity Hymnal #310: “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” 
Rejoice, the Lord is King:
your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing,
and triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus the Savior reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above. [Refrain]

His kingdom cannot fail,
he rules o'er earth and heav'n;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus giv'n. [Refrain]

He sits at God's right hand
till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command,
and fall beneath his feet. [Refrain]

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Our Lord, the Judge, shall come,
and take his servants up
to their eternal home. [Refrain]

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)


Hymnal #535 “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” 
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free;
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love;
leading onward, leading homeward,
to thy glorious rest above.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Spread his praise from shore to shore;
how he loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore;
how he watches o'er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he intercedeth,
watcheth o'er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Love of ev'ry love the best:
'tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
'tis a heav'n of heav'ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee.

Prayer of the Church: Elder Miguel Riveron 

Psalm 149 “O Praise the Lord, O Sing Aloud” (tune of Trinity Hymnal #40)
O praise the LORD, O sing aloud,
A new song to the LORD;
Where godly people congregate,
Let them His praise accord.
With joy in their Creator now
Let Isr’el shout and sing;
And so let all of Zion’s sons
Be joyful in their King.

With dancing let them offer up
Their praises to His name;
Let them with sound of harp and drum
Sing psalms of praise to Him.
That people whom the LORD has claimed
Is pleasant in His eyes;
And with salvation’s radiance
The meek He beautifies.

With glory let the godly ones
Exult with lifted heads;Yes, 
let them all with gladness shout,
And sing upon their beds.
O let the lofty praise of God
From out their throats be poured,
And let them have within their hands
A sharp two-edged sword.

Upon the nations they shall bring
Revenge and judgment just;
With iron chains their kings and chiefs
They’ll into bondage thrust.
On them the judgment execute
Found written in His word;
This honor all His godly have.
Give praises to the LORD!

GOD’S WORD READ: Acts 7:1-8
GOD’S WORD PREACHED: “Stephen’s Biblical Theology, Part 1: Abraham” 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 #247 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” 
O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners' gain:
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest Friend,
for this, thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.

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. 


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 “10,000 Reasons”

Chorus: Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul;
Worship His holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul;
I'll worship Your holy name.

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning,
It's time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes. [Chorus]

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger.
Your name is great and Your heart is kind.
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing;
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. [Chorus 2x]

And on that day, when my strength is failing,
The end draws near, and my time has come;
Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years, and then forevermore! [Chorus 2x]

Worship Your holy name,
Lord, I'll worship Your holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul;
I'll worship Your holy name,
Worship Your holy name,
Worship Your holy name.
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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. 


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