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November 19, 2017
 
 

Gathering & Preparation

“The Lord Jesus Christ has prescribed no fixed forms for public worship but, in the interest of life and power in worship, has given His Church a large measure of liberty in this matter. It may not be forgotten, however, that there is true liberty only where the rules of God’s Word are observed and the Spirit of the Lord is (Matthew 15:9), that all things must be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:26-40), and that God’s people should serve Him with reverence and in the beauty of holiness (Hebrews 12:28). From its beginning to its end a service of public worship should be characterized by that simplicity which is an evidence of sincerity and by that beauty and dignity which are a manifestation of holiness” (Book of Church Order 47-6).
 
Prelude
 
*Call to Worship
 

*Hymn #38

                  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
 
*Prayer of Adoration
 
*Affirmation of Faith – The First Catechism #54-60
 

Unison Prayer of Confession

Forgive us our sins, O Lord, Forgive us the sins of our youth and the sins of our age, the sins of our soul and the sins of our body, our secret and our whispering sins, our presumptuous and our careless sins, the sins we have done to please ourselves, and the sins we have done to please others. Forgive us the sins that we know, and the sins that we know not; forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all because of your great goodness. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
 
Silent Prayer
 
Assurance & Comfort of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 
Worship through Giving
 

Offertory – Jesus I My Cross Have Taken (Arr. Smith)

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee; destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shalt be. Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought, and hoped, and known; yet how rich is my condition – God and heaven are still my own! Let the world neglect and leave me; they have left my Savior, too. Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art faithful, Thou art true. And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love, and might, there is not a foe can harm me; show Thy face, and all is bright. Hasten on from grace to glory, armed by faith and winged by prayer. Heaven’s eternal days before me; God’s own hand shall guide me there. Soon shall close my earthly mission, swift shall pass my pilgrim days; hope shall change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.
 

*Hymn #731

                Doxology
 
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
 
Prayer for Our Covenant Children
 
Children’s Worship [2 & 3 Year Olds; Pre-K & K; 1st-3rd Grade]
 

*Hymn

                        By Thy Mercy
James John Cummins (1839), Greg Thompson (2004)
 
Scripture Reading – John 14:12-31
 

Sermon          The Good Home Jesus Makes Right Here

Rev. Derek Bates
 

*Hymn #529

              Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
 
Prayer of Intercession for Christ’s Church & the World
 

*Hymn #457

              Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
 
*Benediction
 
Postlude
 
Announcements
 

*Christian Fellowship & Educational Hour