Going Deeper: Further in Community

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about taking our faith to others and challenges us to get to know each other more deeply so that we truly become God’s community. Based on Acts 2:37-47

The Service for the Lord’s Day September 23, 2018    

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“Tranquility”                                            J Southbridge
“Glory to His Name”                                arr. M Ham
“God’s Care”  (Medley)                            arr. M Ham


News of the Church

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Moments for Mission


*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!)


Please come forward to place a blessing on the prayer shawl to be presented during  the Baptism this morning.


Praise Hymn                        “Before the Throne of God Above”                       Shane & Shane


*Call to Worship

Leader:     We come this morning to immerse ourselves in the Lord;

People:    to listen and learn so that we may hear and teach!

Leader:     As we seek the Lord in worship,

People:    let us reach deeper into our community, sharing the Good News!

Leader:     Going deeper into our faith is just the beginning.  Once we fill ourselves

with the promises of Christ, we must pour His love all around us.

ALL:        Let us more deeply worship God!


*Hymn #409                 “God is Here”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, too often we gather up and hoard things:  possessions, friendships, and even our love, afraid of reducing our own supplies.  Sometimes we feel superior to others when we have discovered answers, sitting back and watching as others struggle to find solutions.  Help us to understand that sharing our faith increases our blessings; that being open to leading others to Your wisdom will saturate our world with hope…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus encourages us to be the living water that others can come to in order

to be refreshed. He forgives us so that we do not drown in our sinful ways.

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.



Children’s Message                                                                                              AJ Baratta

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.




Hymn #487                   “These Treasured Children”


Message         “Going Deeper:  Further in Community”       Dr. Blake

Acts 2:37-47

The First Converts
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Life among the Believers
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


Anthem                                             “Find Us Faithful”                          J Mohr, arr. J Schrader

Chancel Choir



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 Anthem                                   “Carry Me”                                               D Edwards

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



 *Hymn                                “All Creatures of Our God and King”                           D Crowder




Postlude                                                “Toccata”                                                      D Zipoli



*Please stand, in body or in spirit