Growing in Faith: Belonging

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about how Christians belong to God’s family and discusses our responsibility in strengthening the bonds of this family so that it becomes a beautiful fellowship that the world looks up to and is eager to join. Based on Romans 14:7-9 and 1 Peter 2:9-10

The Service for the Lord’s Day October 28th, 2018

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“You Are Mine”                                                  arr. M Hayes

“Sweet By and By”                                         arr. J Raney

“Soon and Very Soon”                                     arr. J Schrader


News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                Operation Christmas Child


*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                  “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”                            S Townend


*Call to Worship

Leader:     We come this morning as members of the Church;

People:    the holy and united body of Christ.

Leader:     We belong to the Lord today, tomorrow and always;

People:    in all we say and all we do!

Leader:     As we gather, we look to each other for encouragement, using the

gifts given by the Lord of all, to build each other as we build His kingdom.

ALL:        Let us worship and praise God!


*Hymn                                                ”Always”                                           K Stanfil and J Ingram


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we often treat our relationship with You as exclusive; believing that others aren’t as important.  We look for ways to strengthen ourselves without regard to others who may be struggling right in front of us.  We place blame for sin on those who are weaker, rather than accepting our own failings.  Help us to recognize the importance of including others into Your kingdom.  Show us how to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.  Remind us that we are responsible for our shortcomings, but You alone are our refuge and hope…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus forgives us in life when we fall short, so we can be with Him in

everlasting life. His mercy spans the gap that sin uses to keep us from Him.

      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

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                                         “God is Our Refuge”                                                     A Pote

Chancel Choir


Message         “Growing in Faith:  Belonging”        Dr. Sloan

Romans 14:7-9

7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.



Hymn #822                                                                                       “When We Are Living”


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                                 “We Believe”                                 Fike, Hooper & Ryan

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #375                                                                         “Shall We Gather at the River”




Postlude                                                “Rondeau”                                                 arr. S Saxton



*Please stand, in body or in spirit