December 15, 2019
Lord's Day 50

Stir upyour power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we aresorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily helpand deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the HolySpirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Pre-service Prayer (8:45 a.m.)

Welcome and Announcements


Preparing for Worship

Pre-service Prayer (8:45 a.m.)
Welcome and Announcements
Choral Introit
–  "This Is the Truth"

This is the truth sent from above, the truth of God, the God of love.
Therefore, don’t turn me from your door, but hearken all, both rich and poor.
The first thing which I do relate is that God did man create.
The next thing which to you I’ll tell: woman was made with man to dwell.
Thus,we were heirs to endless woes till God the Lord did interpose;
And so a promise soon did run that he would redeem us by his Son.
And at that season of the year our blest Redeemer did appear.
He here did live and here did preach and many thousands did he teach.
Thus,he in love to us behaved, to show us how we must be saved;
And if you want to know the way, be pleased to hear what he did say.

God Calls Us to Worship

*Scripture Sentence – Psalm 124:8
    Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

*Call to Worship  – Psalm 95:1,2

     Minister: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
     People: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

 *Song of Adoration and Praise – “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”  (Hymnal #196)       
*Invocation and Lord's Prayer
     All: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us      this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,      for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.        

God Cleanses Us In Worship

Reading of the Scripture – Isaiah 6:1-7

Silent Individual Confession of Sin
Corporate Prayer of Confession
     All: Most Holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before You our sinful nature, prone to evil and slothful in good, and all      our shortcomings and offenses. You alone know how often we have sinned: in wandering from Your ways, in wasting Your gifts, in      forgetting Your love. But O Lord, have mercy upon us, who are ashamed and sorry for all wherein we have displeased You. Teach us to      hate our errors;cleanse us from our secret faults; and forgive our sins, for the sake of Your dear Son. And, O most holy and loving Father,      help us, we beseech You, to live in Your light and walk in Your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Assurance of Grace  
– Psalm 103:8, 10; 1 John 1:9
     The Lord is merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor      repay us according to our iniquities. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all      unrighteousness.

Song of Rejoicing – “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord" (Songbook #32)

God Consecrates Us In Worship

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 35:1-10
Singing of  the Psalm "Psalm 2"  (Psalter, p. 1)
Gospel Reading  – Matthew 11:2-11
Prayer of the Church
– Elder Dean Abbott
Tithes and Offerings
Song of Preparation "Christ for the World We Sing" (Hymnal #447)
*The Reading of Scripture – Colossians 4:2-6
Prayer for Illumination
The Sermon
–   "Advancing the Gospel" by Rev. Ray Call
Prayer of Application

God Communes with Us In Worship

Song of Preparation - "As When the Hebrew Prophet Raised" (Hymnal #506)
Affirmation of Faith - "Apostles' Creed" (Hymnal, p. 845)
Words of Institution and Prayer of Consecration

The Lord's Supper

Bread:  Silence (Here we are afforded the opportunity for personal reflection, silent communion, thanksgiving, intercession, and prayer.)
    Although both wine and white grape juice are available during communion, the Elders strongly encourage everyone able to take wine.
Wine:  "From Heaven You Came" (Songbook #19)

Pastoral Prayer

God Commissions Us in Worship

     Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
     Praise Him, all creatures here below;
     Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
     Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.