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Morning Worship Service: 19-May-2024
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, May 19, 2024
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Pastor Joel E. Wood 
Pentecost, Part 2 
Acts 8:9-25 
CCLI License #390757

Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit  

GREETING & CALL TO WORSHIP – Revelation 15:3-4
Leader:  Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! 
People: Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! 

Leader: Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. 
People: All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.


Trinity Hymnal #521  “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” 
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found;
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

REFLECTION ON GOD’S LAW   from Exodus 20:1-17 & N.T. corollaries, ESV

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)


Song  “Cry of My Heart”
Chorus: It is the cry of my heart
To follow You
It is the cry of my heart
To be close to You
It is the cry of my heart
To follow
All of the days of my life

Teach me Your holy ways oh Lord
So I can walk in Your truth
Teach me Your holy ways oh Lord
And make me wholly devoted to You

Open my eyes so I can see
The wonderful things that You do
Open my heart up more and more
And make it wholly devoted to You

Terry Butler
CCLI Song #844980
© 1991 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing
CCLI License #390757

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH – Pastor M. Connor Underseth

Sacrament of Baptism

Trinity Hymnal #613 “Give Thanks unto the Lord Jehovah” 
Give thanks unto the Lord, Jehovah,
for he is good, O praise his name!
Let Israel say: "The Lord be praised;,
his mercy ever is the same."
Let Aaron's house now praise Jehovah;
the Lord is good, O praise his name.
Let all that fear the Lord extol him;
his mercy ever is the same.

In a large place the Lord has set me;
in my distress he heard my cry.
I will not fear; the Lord is with me -
What can man do, when God is nigh?
The Lord is chief among my helpers;
and I shall see my foes o'erthrown:
far better than in man or princes,
my trust I place in God alone.

I shall not die, but live, declaring
the works of God, who tried me sore,
and chastened me, but in his mercy
not unto death has giv'n me o'er.
The gates of righteousness set open,
the gate of God! I'll enter in
to praise you, Lord, who pray'r have answered,
and have saved me from all my sin.

The stone - O Lord, it is your doing -
the stone, the builders did despise,
is made the headstone of the corner,
and it is marv'lous in our eyes.
This is the day, of days most glorious,
the Lord hath made; we'll joy and sing.
Send now prosperity, we pray, Lord;
and, O our God, salvation bring!

GOD’S WORD READ – Acts 8:9-25
GOD’S WORD PREACHED – “Pentecost, Part 2” by Pastor Joel E. Wood

Trinity Hymnal #246  “Man of Sorrows! What a Name” 
Man of Sorrows! what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we;
spotless Lamb of God was he;
full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was he to die,
"It is finished!" was his cry:
now in heav'n exalted high:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we'll sing:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Trinity Hymnal p. 845  “Apostles’ Creed” 

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.


Song “Come to His Kingdom” [Text and music: John Watt]
Come to His Kingdom, bow down to His throne,
He is preparing a place for His own,
Those who will thirst not,  Not stumble by night;
He is their fountain, His glory, their light.

Straight is His pathway, and narrow the gate,
Broad is the highway to the fiery fate.
Take not a step to the left nor the right,
Wielding His armor to fight the good fight.

Buckling the belt of the truth you confess,
Bearing the breastplate of righteousness,
Wearing the gospel of peace at your feet,
Fighting as soldier all foes you shall meet.

Holding the strong shield of faith in its place,
Wearing the helmet of His saving grace,
Fighting the darkness, God’s Word as your sword,
Stand firm, the battle belongs to the Lord.

Come to the banquet, the Lamb and His bride,
All pain is gone now, all tears have been cried.
Join with the angels, His praises to sing,
Come to His kingdom, for there lives the King!

Trinity Hymnal #731: “Doxology”