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Order of Worship for Sunday, February 24, 2019
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 – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (Hymn #38)
*Call to Worship
*Hymn #101                Come Thou Almighty King
*Prayer of Adoration
*Affirmation of Faith – Westminster Confession of Faith 10.1-2 (Trinity Hymnal p.854)
All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, he is pleased, in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call, by his Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ; enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God, taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and, by his almighty power, determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.
This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit, he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.
Unison Prayer of Confession
Most gracious and most merciful God, we confess to you and to one another that time after time we have entered your presence with countless prayers, but with hearts that have been closed to your grace. We have lifted our hands to you in praise, but our feet have still walked in the ways of the wicked. We have rehearsed your commandments, but have refused to see your face in the needs of our neighbor. We pray, Lord, that you forgive our lack of faith. Grant us the healing that comes from your presence and the cleansing of your all-powerful Word, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Silent Prayer
Assurance & Comfort of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Worship through Giving
Offertory – Find Us Faithful (Mohr/Schrader)
*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 #307                Nothing But the Blood
Scripture Reading: Joshua 4
Sermon:  Preparation, Application, Celebration
                  Pastor Dan Ledford

*Hymn                       How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

                                   Stuart Townend (1995)
Prayer of Intercession for Christ’s Church & the World

*Hymn                       His Mercy is More

                                   Matt Boswell, Matt Papa (2016)


* Congregation standing for those who are able