I AM the Good Shepherd
Topic: Expository Passage: John 10:1–10:31
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“Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”
John Richards (1843-1901)
Round the Lord in glory seated, Cherubim and seraphim
Filled His temple and repeated Each to each the alternate hymn:
Chorus: Lord Thy glory fills the heavens, Earth is with Thy fullness stored;
Unto Thee be glory given, Holy, holy, holy Lord!
Heaven is with Thy glory ringing, Earth takes up the angel cry,
“Holy, holy, holy” singing, Lord of hosts, Thou Lord most High.
With His seraph-train before Him, With His holy Church below,
Thus unite we to adore Him, Bid we thus our anthem flow: --
Taken from Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted) © 1995 The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Inc., 662 Melwood Drive N.E., Warren, OH 44483.
Call to Worship* Psalm 148:1-5
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created.
Hymn of Praise* #534
(Taken from the Trinity Psalter Hymnal)
“Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God”
Confession of Faith The Apostle’s Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
Preparation for Confession of Sin Titus 3:8-10
The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him….
Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon Luke 18:13-14
...But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Hymn of Assurance* #520
“Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Response
Ezekiel 34:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Preaching of God’s Word Pastor Jim Claycomb
“I AM the Good Shepherd”
Ordination and Installation of Officers
Hymn of Affirmation* Insert
“In Christ Alone”
Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission
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