Growing in Faith: Grounded in Grace

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the freedom we find in God’s gift of grace. Based on Romans 3:19-24

The Service for the Lord’s Day September 30, 2018    

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“How Firm a Foundation”                                    arr. S Nielsen
“The God of Abraham Praise”                              arr. L Shackley
“To God Be the Glory”                                           arr. L Shackley


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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!)


Praise Hymn                     “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”                          C Tomlin


*Call to Worship

Leader:     As we worship today, we are equal in God’s sight;

People:    we are all sinners, looking for guidance.

Leader:     We look to the scriptures to find ourselves in the stories of others,

People:    we look to the Lord for redemption!

Leader:     In a world where we are graded on a curve, we come today as equals in

the body of Christ.

.      ALL:        Let us more deeply worship God!


*Hymn                                                  ”Multiplied”                                         Need to Breathe


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we live our lives always wanting to be the best, the favorite, the one chosen first without regard to those we leave behind.  We compare our lives, our decisions and our wrong doings:  going just a few miles over the lawful speed limit; telling ‘little white lies’, minimizing our sins while highlighting the sins of our neighbors.  We are all complicit and all guilty regardless of the magnitude of the sin we commit.  Help us to look inward and recognize our weaknesses, and then look outward to forgive others as we hope to be forgiven…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God gives us life and choices including the choice to accept Jesus, who

gives us grace and mercy in spite of our best attempts to live contrary to His  way.

      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                                             “Give Me Jesus”                          Traditional arr. H Helvey

Chancel Choir, Flute


Message         “Growing in Faith:  Grounded in Grace”                 Dr. Sloan

Romans 3:19-24 
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Righteousness through Faith
21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,



Hymn #353                                                                   “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”


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”                                                      K Hill
Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



 *Hymn #307                                                                     “God of Grace and God of Glory”




Postlude                                                “Jubilation”                                                 G Handel



*Please stand, in body or in spirit