Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about going deeper into our faith by immersing ourselves in study of God where we will find that God is deeply interested in each of our lives. Based on Ephesians 3:14-21

The Service for the Lord’s Day September 9, 2018 

Rally Sunday

(Bulletin include further down)

There is no audio of today’s sermon; a technical challenge mysteriously deleted the sermon recording.
Since the sermon was on going deeper into our faith, this gives us a perfect opportunity to take some time to plunge deeper into today’s sermon scripture ourselves.

The website gives access to many tools and Bible commentaries.
The one linked here is to Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible which is a commentary that goes about as deep as it gets also has many tools for deeper study. One that can take you really deeper is the ability verse by verse and word by word to look things up in a concordance to find out deeper meanings in the words of modern scripture.

The Omaha Library has many books, audio cds, ebooks, and audiobooks about Biblical topics. For those on the go, their OverDrive access is a great resource. or    Omaha Library Books about Jesus

And don’t forget the church library at First Presbyterian, it is home to many great books that you are allowed to bring home on loan.

Or even better, come study together with us at First Presbyterian where we offer a wealth of growth opportunities in a community where others are going deeper together. In this fellowship where you can ask questions, provide feedback, and hear from the experience of others is where the deepness feels the safest. Explore opportunites on our website here:

Or just search the internet and a wealth of topics will come up.
Be forewarned, the world is full of ideas that conflict with sound theological doctrine, if you come into information that seems at odds with what the church teaches, please speak with a pastor to get their insight



“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”                          arr. P Choplin
“Fairest Lord Jesus”                                                 arr. P Choplin
“Morning Has Broken ‘                                            arr. P Choplin


News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer request forms are also available in the Welcome book.  Thank you.


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Praise Hymn                                   “In the Garden”                                         C Austin Miles


*Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather this morning, full of hope;

People:    seeking the knowledge given to us through the love of God!

Leader:     We come to fill our emptiness;

People:    to join together as the fullness of God flows within us.

Leader:     Whether you woke this morning feeling at one with God, or you need to

be reminded, the love God has for us is more than we can ever imagine!

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                                “I’ll Fly Away”                                       Albert E Brumley


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, no matter how many times we are told that You love us, our feelings of inadequacy cause us to question You.  Our inability to love fully creates doubt about Your ability to love unconditionally.  We let the anger that comes from our struggles hold us back from recognizing the good within us and others.  Help us to be strong in Your power to keep us grounded and to love without limits.…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus’ love for us is so immeasurable, He willingly suffered and died to give

us hope, strength and the fullness of God through His mercy and


ALL:          Thanks be to God!


* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

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.  Amen.



Teacher Commissioning

We come together this morning to set apart these teachers for the special work to

which Christ has called them.


Children                                     Youth                          Adult


Leader:            The task of the church is not carried out alone by those who are thrust into

positions of leadership or of direct responsibility for the work which must be performed. It is a trust committed to each member and to all of us together that we shall be coworkers with Christ and with those we call to special service, supporting them with our best efforts and our prayers. How do you respond to this calling?


People: We thank God for those he has called to special service in his church. As

members, parents, and children, we pledge you our support. We will pray

for you as you lead us, and we will work and witness together. We will join

you in receiving the Word by faith and in living by it in our daily life.


Unison Prayer

Almighty God, lovingly guide and protect those who, out of a heart of

compassion, undertake to teach us, our children and our youth. Give them

knowledge, patience, grace, and peace. Most of all, give them a passion for the

wisdom which comes only from you, so that by the work of your Holy Spirit, we

may see Christ living in and through us. May we go deeper in our faith because

of their teachings.  To the glory of your holy name, through Christ our Lord we

pray, Amen.


Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                          “Legacy of Service”                                             J Martin

Chancel Choir


Message               “Deeper”              Dr. Blake

Ephesians 3:14-21

Prayer for the Readers

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.



*Hymn                                                                                  “How Deep the Father’s Love”           


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come,

       thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily

       bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not

       into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the

       power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Offertory                                         “The Love of Christ”                                 Stone & Sterling

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn                                                                           “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”




Postlude                                             “The Rejoicing”                                             G Handel


*Please stand, in body or in spirit