I chose you out of the world, therefore, the world hates you
Welcome and Announcements
Here Come, gracious Lord, descend and dwell,
By faith and love, in every breast;
Then shall we know, and taste and feel the joys that cannot be expressed.
Come, fill our hearts with inward strength,
Make our enlarged souls possess,
And learn the height, and breadth, and length of Thine eternal love and grace.
Now to the God whose power can do
More than our thoughts and wishes know,
Be everlasting honors done -- by all the Church, through Christ, His Son. Amen.
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*
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…
Hymn of Praise* #100E
“In All the Land Rejoice”
Confession of Faith
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten*, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy catholic** and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
* “Begotten” means the only one of its kind or class, not created. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God in that He shares the same nature as God. He is uniquely God’s Son because He is in essence God the Son.
** “Catholic” means “universal”, referring here to the true church in all times and places.
Preparation for Confession of Sin
1 John 3:7-9
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
Silent Confession of Sin
Corporate Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon
1 John 3:19-22
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
Hymn of Assurance* #727
“Lead Me Lord, Lead Me in Thy Righteousness”
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Response
Psalms 69:1-6;1 John 3:10-18
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission.
Preaching of God’s Word
Pastor Jim Claycomb
“I chose you out of the world,
therefore, the world hates you”
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
1 Timothy 1-17
Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
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