11:15 Order of Worship

October 17, 2021

Sermon: Pastor Clay Smith
Liturgy: Taylor Bruce
Themes and Keywords: steady, rooted, hope

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Intermezzo in a major op. 118 no. 2
(J. Brahms)


God calls us to worship

from psalm 33:1, 8, 18-19

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death.

we praise god

o worship the king
(Text: Robert Grant, 1833; Tune: William Gardner's Sacred Melodies, 1815; attr. Johann Michael Haydn)

O worship the king, all glorious above,
and gratefully sing his wonderful love,
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space!
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of a storm.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light,
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee we do trust, nor find thee to fail:
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend.

we pray for god to help us worship

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

god calls us to confess our sin

from Isaiah 30:15, 18

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, "In repentance and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." The Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all who wait for him.

we confess our sin

Sovereign Lord, you have chosen us in love
and redeemed us with wondrous works
to live with trust in the glory of your steadfast love and faithfulness.
But in times of trouble or times of ease,
we are quick to forget the story that makes us who we are,
the history of your steadfast love
that carries us through every trial.
We are quick to trust the idols of our own culture and our own hearts
to be our help and our hope
and slow to trust that you are the stability of our times.
And so we have been unfaithful to you in thought, word, and deed
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(silent prayers of confession)

Father, help us always remember your faithfulness in all things. Fix our eyes on Jesus, so that we will be firmly rooted in your story and steady in every trial. Give us trust in your steadfast love and faithfulness by the power of your Holy Spirit so that our ways will always be faithful and fruitful. Amen. 

god declares our forgiveness

from Romans 8:31-32; 2 peter 1:3

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? God's divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.

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.

Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

christ, our hope in life and death
(Text and Tune: Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Merker, and Matt Papa © 2020 Getty Music Publishing (BMI))

What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong.
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand.

O sing hallelujah! Our hope springs eternal.
O sing hallelujah! Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.

What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer's blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
unto the shore, the rock of Christ? [ CHORUS ]

Unto the grave, what will we sing?
"Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!"
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
then sin and death will be destroyed,
and we will feast in endless joy,
when Christ is ours forevermore. [ CHORUS ]

god instructs us in scripture reading

Daniel 8:18-27


god instructs us in preaching

how far now?
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith


we offer ourselves in gifts and song

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yet not i, but through christ in me
(Text and Tune: Johnny Robinson, Rich Thompson, and Michael Farren © 2018 CityAlight Music)

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer?
There is no more for heaven now to give.
He is my joy, my righteousness and freedom,
my steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus,
for my life is wholly bound to his.
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

The night is dark, but I am not forsaken,
for by my side, the savior, he will stay.
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing,
for in my need, his power is displayed.
To this I hold, my shepherd will defend me
through the deepest valley he will lead.
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven.
The future sure, the price, it has been paid.
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon,
and he was raised to overthrow the grave.
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated.
Jesus now, and ever, is my plea.
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

With every breath I long to follow Jesus,
for he has said that he will bring me home.
And day by day I know he will renew me
until I stand with joy before the throne.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus.
All the glory evermore to him.
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

we pray for the church and the world

We would love to pray for you!

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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.

god feeds us at his table

On Jordan's stormy banks
(Text: Samuel Stennett, 1787; Tune: Christopher Miner, 1997 © 1997 Christopher Miner Music)

On Jordan's stormy banks I stand and cast a wishful eye
to Canaan's fair and happy land, where my possession lie.

All o'er those wide extended plains shines one eternal day.
There God the Son forever reign and scatters night away. 

I am bound, I am bound, I am bound for the Promised Land.
I am bound, I am bound, I am bound for the Promised Land.

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath can reach that healthful shore,
where sickness, sorrow, pain, and death are felt and feared no more. [ CHORUS ]

When shall I reach that happy place and be forever blessed?
When shall I see my Father's face and in his bosom rest? [ CHORUS ]

God blesses us and sends us out

And all God's people said...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.


rondo in g
(J. Bull)



Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150