Growing in Faith: Christian Disciplines

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the gift of getting to know God and the discipline we must have to probe the depths. Based on Philippians 4:8-9

The Service for the Lord’s Day  October 7, 2018

World Communion Sunday

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“Higher Ground”                                                 arr. Boyd
“Wonderful Words of Life”                                    arr. M Hayes


News of the Church

Please complete the card found in your bulletin to place in the collection plate during Offertory.


*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 in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Praise Hymn                                  “Word of God Speak”                                            Mercy Me


*Call to Worship (Responsive)

Leader:            As we gather today, we are encouraged to expand our faith foundation,

People:           to build upon lessons learned and promises made!

Leader:            We focus on those things given to us to strengthen us;

People:           and to strengthen the kingdom of God.

Leader:            Knowing the basics is only the beginning of a life in service to the Lord.  We

must go deeper and grow.

All:                  Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                 “The Blood Of Jesus Speaks For Me”                T Cottrell & D Moffett


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we often start our day thinking of the things we dread: we look at tasks and see inconveniences; we listen to directions and hear orders; we calculate time with others and it adds up to wasted days.  Help us to focus on all You have promised us, all You have bestowed upon us and all we are capable of doing through You.  Help us to use every day to grow, to reach and to bloom…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Jesus gives us mercy and forgiveness as a foundation on which to grow, both deeper in His love and outwardly towards others.

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.


Message         “Growing in Faith: Christian Disciplines”       Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.


*Hymn #757                                                             “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”                                                                         



*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


Pastoral Prayer



Offertory Anthem                       “Just As I Am”                                               arr. L Smith

Chancel Choir


*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)


Prayer of Dedication



“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 


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.



*Hymn #498                                                        “Loaves Were Broken, Words Were Spoken”




Postlude                                                  “Rondeau”                                                         Mauret



*Please stand, in body or in spirit