Growing in Faith: Calling

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a re sermon about the Christian call and who it leads us to become. Based on John 1:35-45. The sermon is preceded by a short children’s message that briefly sums up the Christian calling.

The Service for the Lord’s Day November 11, 2018 

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Prelude                                     “Introduction and Song”                                    J Southbridge

“No, Not One”                                                arr. S Love


News of the Church

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*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 for

the Baptism this morning.


*Praise Hymn                 “All Creatures of Our God and King”


*Call to Worship                                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:     What calls us to worship today?

People:    The Word of God and the voice of the Lord calls us.

Leader:     What brings us to this sanctuary, to this body of Christ?

People:    We come as like-minded believers, joined in spirit.

Leader:     We all come to faith through many ways, but through only one Lord.  He

calls to us and we call out to each other, “Come!  I have found the Lord!”

ALL:        Let us worship and praise God!


*Praise Hymn                                ”Come Follow Me”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, many of us grow up surrounded by Your spirit, following the paths of  parents and family, and often take You for granted.  Others find You during times of crises, listening for answers to cries of despair and then forget You until the next need arises.  Some see You in the hearts of friends and neighbors and desire to know more; yet are too embarrassed to ask questions.  Others wait for an invitation to see Your glory but are ignored by timid believers.  Give us the courage to be bold to follow and to lead; to recognize Your call and then to reach out to others so all may know Your glory…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Through a handful of people, the name of Jesus was spread far and wide;

so that from east to west, His forgiveness and mercy covers all believers.

      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.




Anthem                            “Tune My Heart to Sing God’s Praise!”                       arr. L Larson

Chancel Choir


Message         “Growing in Faith:  Calling”        Dr. Sloan

John 1:35-45

The First Disciples of Jesus
35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”



 Hymn #475                                                             “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


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                         “Be Unto Your Name”                              DeShazo & Sadler

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #410                                                              “God is Calling Through the Whisper”


Postlude                            “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound”                              G Handel


*Please stand, in body or in spirit