Masterpiece

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about our worth to God based on Ephesians 2:1-10 

The Service for the Lord’s Day

August 4, 2019

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”                                 arr. J Raney
“Bind Us Together”                                            arr. J Raney

 

News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew. 

Prayer requests can be written in the book as well.  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 in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                                          “This Is Amazing Grace”                                         Bethel Live

 

*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather today as sinful people;

People:           seeking God’s forgiveness.

Leader:            We look to each other for support,

People:           while praising God for the faith that sets us free from sin.

Leader:            God’s love for us is undeniable.  While sin closes our soul; God opens it and

fills it.  God is the Master Painter and we are God’s masterpieces!

All:                  Let us worship God! 

 

*Hymn                                             “I Can Only Imagine”                                             Mercy Me

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, every day we walk in the world and wonder where we fit into it.  We find ourselves looking to others for help, but don’t know who to trust.  We try to live up to Your standards, but are tempted, disobedient and too unsure of ourselves and those around us to succeed.  We try to be strong in faith, but often waiver from it.  Help us to see ourselves and others as You see us:  people who matter…to You and to each other; works in progress who continue to learn and grow; children who are more than enough in Your eyes, even when we feel less than You expect; masterpieces, lovingly created by You, designed to do Your work here on earth as we look toward our place in Heaven with You.…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Sin separates us from God, but God created us and desires us to be near.

We are unable to do for ourselves what God can do for us:  forgive our sins and bring us together in love.

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

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     “Masterpiece”        Dr. Jennifer Blake

Ephesians 2:1-10                                       Pew Bible pg.949

From Death to Life
1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #39                                “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

 

*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

 

Offering

Offertory                                    “Hymn Medley”                                        arr. C Anderson

Solo Bells

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)

Prayer of Dedication

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“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

 

Communion

 

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.

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #722                                                                   “Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak”           

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                      “Trumpet Tune and March”                                         J Clarke

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit