The Service for the Lord’s Day November 18, 2018
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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE
Prelude “Prelude on a Southern Hymn” G Young
“How Firm a Foundation” arr. S Love
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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 “Celebrate Jesus” Oliver
*Call to Worship
Leader: Do we worship this morning to benefit others?
People: We come to praise God and grow in His word.
Leader: Do we live our lives to please ourselves or delight our friends?
People: We live for God, to encourage and love others.
Leader: Whatever brings us here, whatever drives us day to day, whatever brings
us joy is all for God; the One who first did all and gives all for us.
ALL: Let us worship and praise God!
*Praise Hymn ”I Will Sing Praise” Stone & Popham
*Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Dear Lord, we sing Your praises loudly at church, but take credit for our accomplishments beyond these walls. We often give thanks for our blessings when asking for more; but tell ourselves that we alone are responsible for our success. We give of our excesses and convince ourselves that we are being generous; but we forget that we are simply stewards of the many gifts You give us. Help us to always remember that all we have, all we are, all we ever will be is because of You, Your love and Your mercy…(Silent time of prayer)
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: God gave us the gift of life, then gave us the gift of Jesus so we could learn
how to live. Jesus gave us the gift of forgiveness, the gift of salvation, so
that we could have life eternal.
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.
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
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 “In Thanksgiving Let us Praise Him” arr. L Larson
Message “Growing in Faith: Love Is a Choice Dr. Bill Bowers
23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, 24 since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Hymn #708 “We Give Thee but Thine Own”
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 “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him” arr. J Purifoy
*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)
*Prayer of Dedication
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE
*Hymn #710 “We Lift Our Voices”
Postlude “Grand Jeu” J Guilian
*Please stand, in body or in spirit