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Morning Worship Service: 26-May-2024
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Rev. Dr. Joel E. Wood
Sunday, May 26, 2024
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Pastor Joel E. Wood 
Wholeness for the Sexually Mangled 
Acts 8:26-40
Sermon Notes:
CCLI License #390757

Welcome and Announcements
Choral Introit  

GREETING & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 65:1, 4-5
Leader:  Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.
People: Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!

Leader: We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
People: By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation.

Leader: The hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.


Trinity Hymnal #358  “For All the Saints” 
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

 But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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


Trinity Hymnal #630 “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”
Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm doth bind the restless wave,
who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Savior, whose almighty word
the winds and waves submissive heard,
who walkedst on the foaming deep
and calm amid its rage didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O sacred Spirit, who didst brood
upon the chaos dark and rude,
who badd'st its angry tumult cease,
and gavest light and life and peace:
O hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and pow'r,
our brethren shield in danger's hour;
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe'er they go;
and ever let there rise to thee
glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH – Pastor M. Connor Underseth

Trinity Psalter 67B “O God, Show Mercy to Us” 
O God, show mercy to us,
and bless us with your grace;
and cause to shine upon us
the brightness of your face;
so that the whole world over
may truly know your way,
and so that your salvation
all nations see displayed.

O God, let peoples praise you;
let all the peoples praise.
Let nations come rejoicing
and songs of gladness raise.
For you will judge the peoples
with perfect equity;
to nations of the whole earth
a governor you'll be.

O God, let peoples praise you;
let all the peoples praise.
The earth has brought its bounty
throughout its harvest days
since God, our God, will bless us.
Yes, God will blessing send,
that all the earth may fear him
to its remotest end.

GOD’S WORD READ – Acts 8:26-40
GOD’S WORD PREACHED – “Wholeness for the Sexually Mangled” by Pastor Joel E. Wood

Song  “We Worship at Your Feet” 
Come and see come and see
Come and see the King of love
See the purple robe and crown of thorns He wears
Soldiers mock rulers sneer
As He lifts the cruel cross
Lone and friendless now He climbs towards the hill

We worship at your feet
Where wrath and mercy meet
And a guilty world is washed by love's pure stream
For us He was made sin
Oh help me take it in
Deep wounds of love cry out 'Father forgive '
I worship I worship the Lamb who was slain

Come and weep come and mourn
For your sin that pierced Him there
So much deeper than the wounds of thorn and nail
All our pride all our greed
All our fallenness and shame
And the Lord has laid the punishment on Him [Chorus]

Man of heaven born to earth
To restore us to Your heaven
Here we bow in awe beneath Your searching eyes
From Your tears comes our joy
From Your death our life shall spring
By Your resurrection power we shall rise

Graham Kendrick
© 1989 Make Way Music
CCLI License #390757 

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 “10,000 Reasons” 
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]

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]

Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
© 2011 Atlas Mountain Songs; sixsteps Music; Thankyou Music; songs
CCLI License #390757

Trinity Hymnal #731: “Doxology”