Hope Realized

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about how our faith produces a hope that endures despite the brokenness and in-completion. Based on Romans 5:1-5

The Service for the Lord’s Day

June 16, 2019    10:30 a.m.



Prelude                                               “Face to Face”                                     arr. T McKibben

“Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise”                        arr. J Bennett

“Jesus, Name Above All Names”                               arr. J Wils

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”                       arr. J Bennett


News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer request forms are also available in the Welcome book.  Thank you.


*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


*Hymn                                                   “Our God”                                                   C Tomlin


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning to celebrate hope,

People:    hope realized through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Leader:     We come to share our troubles and our joys;

People:    as each points us to the hope promised by God.

       Leader:     Faith in God is hope realized.  Without God there is nothing but despair,

however with God, every tomorrow holds assurance of life everlasting.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                                   “Forever”                                                    C Tomlin


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord,  we try to look to You in times of need, but we often find ourselves in situations that cause great stress and pain.  We question whether we will endure; and if our faith is strong enough.  Deep inside we know that You do not punish us with health issues or financial problems; yet during long periods of trying times we struggle.  We question why difficulties hit us so often and why others seem to be untouched by life’s trials.  Help us to see past the pain and confusion and look to Your promise to be with us and to help us.  Encourage us to recognize the character and perseverance we develop as we travel the challenging journeys.  Remind us of the hope promised at the end of the road, whether we drive, run, walk or limp down it.…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus struggled and suffered.  He was spit upon and mocked.  He allowed

Himself to feel human pain.  His humanity enables Him to guide us through

strife to His promise of mercy, forgiveness and hope.

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, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.




Anthem                                  “Now Thank We All Our God”              J Crüger, arr. K Campbell


Message               “Hope Realized”             Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Romans 5:1-5                                   Pew Bible pg.917

Results of Justification
5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.



*Hymn #482                                                                                          “Baptized in Water”


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                               “Blessed Be the Name”                                        arr. J Bennett


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #485                                                                      “We Know that Christ is Raised”




Postlude                         “Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals”                  Karg & Elert



*Please stand, in body or in spirit