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The Order of Worship for January 21, 2018

Gathering & Preparation

And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people go up with flutes to the mountain of the Lord to the Rock of Israel” (Isaiah 30:29). God’s people sang the songs of ascent (Psalm 120-134) as they traveled up to worship on the temple mount. Psalm 121 is the song of the pilgrim singing of their confidence in the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer God as they travel up to Jerusalem to worship. Draw near to the throne of grace with confidence in Christ (Hebrews 4:16).
Call to Worship
Hymn #628                Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare
Prayer of Adoration 
Affirmation of Faith – The Belgic Confession: Article 25
Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Unison Prayer of Confession

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. We confess that it is still all too easy for us to sacrifice our convictions for convenience, your standards for status, your principles for promotion, your absolutes for our ambition, our souls for shallow and unsatisfying success. How easily we are seduced by power, prestige, pleasure or possessions – seduced into violating our integrity or harming our fellowship with you. From earth’s fullest bliss we turn to you again, unfulfilled. Forgive us our half-hearted devotion and our double-minded spirit. In the name of him who refused to save himself we pray.
Silent Prayer
Assurance & Comfort of the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
Worship through Giving 

Offertory – Within These Walls (Choplin)

Within these walls, we assemble. Within these walls, we gather in your name. As we join our hearts in a holy union, we come to find communion in your holiness again. Within these walls, let there be harmony; a common bond; a Spirit from above. And as your children let us love each other as sisters and as brothers united by your love. We are branches, you are the vine. We are the vessels and you are the wine. We are the body, you are the head. For every hunger, you are the bread. Within these walls, give us your vision. Within these walls, let us understand that beyond these walls, there are hurting people who have never felt your healing hand. Beyond these walls, send us forward. Beyond these walls, let your will be done. We are your people; you will leave us never and we shall work together until your kingdom comes. Your kingdom come! Within these walls, let us listen. Within these walls, let us pray.
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                         Thy Mercy My God
Scripture Reading: Numbers 4
Sermon: Some Assembly Required
Pastor Dan Ledford
Hymn                       Before the Throne of God Above
Prayer of Intercession for Christ’s Church & the World
Hymn #629              What a Friend We Have in Jesus