8:30 Order of Worship

November 10, 2019

Liturgist is Rev. Cole Lescher
Themes and keywords: faith, promise, resurrection, hope

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Sinfonia from partita no. 2 in c minor
Liam Brown, piano (J.S. Bach)


God calls us to worship

from psalm 106:1; Ephesians 1:3-4; 1 peter 1:4

Liturgist: Praise the LORD!
All: Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Liturgist: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, for an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
All: Hallelujah! Amen!

we praise god

holy, holy, holy
Hymnal #262 (Text: Reginald Heber 1826; Tune: John Bacchus Dykes 1861)


we pray for god to help us worship

Pastor: Christ is risen!
All: He is risen indeed! He died for us that we might live for him.

god calls us to confess our sin

from john 11:25; James 4:8, 10

Liturgist: Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in him, though he die, yet shall he live. Therefore, draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

we confess our sin

Liturgist: Our Father, maker of heaven and earth, you are fulfilling all of your promises to us in Christ, bringing life from the dead and making a way for us when there is no way.
All: But we confess that we are prone to forget your power and your faithfulness, and we often live as if Jesus were dead. Our faith often wavers when we face trouble, and we don't expect you to act in a powerful way. We confuse testing with punishment and pull away from you in anger and mistrust. Enduring in your ways with hope seems unbearable when pursuing our ways into sin seems to offer easy comfort. We often grasp for life in weak things that pass away and idols that cannot save or satisfy. Lord, have mercy on us.

(silent prayers of confession)

Liturgist: Our faithful Father, please lift our heads in hope and lead our faltering hearts back to you, to find our strength and hope in Christ each day, to endure in faith and serving you with resurrection life, and to wait patiently for your promises to be fulfilled by the power of your Holy Spirit.

god declares our forgiveness
from ephesians 2:4-7

Liturgist: But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For all who have turned from sin in sorrow and look to God for mercy, this is God’s gift. In Jesus Christ, God loves you, God forgives you, God accepts you, and God rejoices over you as beloved daughters and sons.

All: Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

the solid rock
(Text: Edward Mote 1834; Tune: William B. Bradbury 1863)


hear my prayer
Chancel Choir | Cathy Benton, keyboardist (Text and tune: Moses Hogan © 2001 by Hal Leonard Corp.)

O Lord, please hear my prayer, In the mornin' when I rise. It's Your servant bound for glory. O dear Lord, please hear my prayer.

O Lord, please hear my prayer, Keep me safe within Your arms. It's Your servant bound for glory. O dear Lord, please hear my prayer.

When my work on earth is done, And You come to take me home. Just to know I'm bound for glory. And to hear You say well done.

Done with sin and sorrow, have mercy. Amen.

we greet one another with the peace of christ

(Children ages 3-1st grade may go to children's worship)


we pray for god to illuminate his word to us

speak, o lord
(Text and tune: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend © 2006 Thankyou Music)

Speak, O Lord, as we come to you, to receive the food of your holy word. Take your truth, plant it deep in us. Shape and fashion us in your likeness, that the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us all your purposes for Your glory.

god instructs us in scripture reading

romans 4:13-25
(pew Bible p. 941)


god instructs us in preaching

can god keep his promise?
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith


we offer ourselves in gifts and song

Prior to singing, we will take a moment of silence to reflect and pray.

by faith
(Text and tune: Keith & Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend © 2009 Getty Music Publishing (BMI)/Thankyou Music)

By faith we see the hand of God in the light of creation's grand design, in the lives of those who prove his faithfulness, who walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith our fathers roamed the earth with the power of his promise in their hearts of a holy city built by God's own hand, a place where peace and justice reign.

Chorus: We will stand as children of the promise. We will fix our eyes on him, our soul's reward. Till the race is finished and the work is done, we'll walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith the prophets saw a day when the longed for Messiah would appear with the power to break the chains of sin and death and rise triumphant from the grave.

By faith the church was called to go in the power of the Spirit to the lost to deliver captives and to preach good news in every corner of the earth. Chorus

By faith this mountain shall be moved, and the power of the gospel shall prevail; for we know in Christ all things are possible for all who call upon his name. Chorus


we pray for the church and the world

Liturgist: (prayers for the church and the world)

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 forever. Amen.

we praise god

rejoice, the lord is king
Hymn #228 (Text: Charles Wesley 1744; Tune: John Darwall 1770)


God blesses us and sends us out

Pastor: And all God's people said...
All: Hallelujah! Amen.

(Text: Thomas Ken 1709; Tune: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly hosts;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen, Amen, Amen.


(L. Boellman)


Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150