The Service for the Lord’s Day
Baptism of the Lord
Blessing of the Church Officers
January 13, 2019 10:30 a.m.
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE
Prelude Prelude on “Sweet Story” arr. F Binekes
“My Song is Love Unknown” B Büda
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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 “10,000 Reasons”
*Call to Worship
Leader: We gather this morning in obedience to God;
People: to praise and give thanks; to learn and to teach.
Leader: We seek instruction, we pray for the ability to fulfill God’s commands;
People: we pray for strength and wisdom!
Leader: God is always watching us, caring for us and leading us.
ALL: Let us come follow and worship God!
*Praise Hymn “Build Your Kingdom Here”
*Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Dear Lord, we try to walk by faith, but often find ourselves surrounded by the darkness of doubt, distrust and disobedience. We call out to You in times of great need, but fail to listen to Your wisdom. We try to believe Your promises, but fear prevents us from traveling the path You have chosen for us. Help us look forward, to the result of Your guidance, instead of looking behind at the problems we need to escape. Open our ears to the direction You offer and our minds to knowing You. Give us strength to know that in seeking You we will find safety…(Silent time of prayer)
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Jesus lived for us and died for us. He loves us and forgives us. He gives
us all that we need to live this life without fear and to enter the next life in
the light of His mercy and glory.
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
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 “Wings of a Dove” B Ferguson, arr. S Curry
BLESSING OF CHURCH OFFICERS
A Responsive Reading
Minister: There are different gifts,
People: But it is the same Spirit who gives them.
Minister: There are different ways of serving God,
People: But it is the same God who is served.
Minister: God works through different people in different ways,
People: But it is the same God who achieves his purpose through them all.
Minister: Each one is given a gift by the Spirit,
People: To use it for the common good.
Minister: Together we are the body of Christ,
People: And individually members of him.
Minister: Though we have different gifts, together we are a ministry of reconciliation led by the risen Christ. We work and pray to make his church useful in the world, and we call men and women to faith, so that, in the end, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Within our common ministry, some members are chosen for particular work as ministers of the Word and Sacrament, elders, or deacons, we recognize these special ministries remembering that our Lord Jesus said: Whoever among you wants to be great must become the servant of all, and if any want to be first among you, they must be the slave of all.
People: Just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life to set others free.
INSTALLATION AND ORDINATION OF ELDERS AND DEACONS
Within our common ministry, some members are chosen for particular work as ministers of the Word, Elders, Deacons and Trustees. We now recognize these special ministries.
Ordination Questions for Elder and Deacon Candidates:
Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal, and God’s Word to you?
Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?
Will you fulfill your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?
Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline?
Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?
Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?
Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?
Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?
Will you be a faithful ruling elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?
Will you be a faithful deacon, teaching charity, urging concern, and directing the people’s
help to the friendless and those in need? In your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?
To the Congregation:
Do we, members of this church accept these persons as Ruling Elders and Deacons, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?
Do we agree to pray for them, to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church?
You are now Deacons in the church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
RECOGNITION OF TRUSTEES
Friends, God has given you special strengths and gifts to serve him, and we have chosen you for a special work. Under the laws of the state, you will hold and manage properties and, as authorized, conduct business for the church. By your energy, honesty, and fairness, will you demonstrate Christian faith to those you deal with on our behalf?
Do you promise to give the business affairs of this congregation your devoted attention, to encourage generosity, and in all your dealings, work to further our service of Christ in the world?
To the Congregation:
Do you receive these persons as Trustees and do you promise to support them in their work for the church?
Charge to the New Trustees:
You are Trustees of this church. Be good and faithful servants, who will enter into the joy of our Lord.
As our elected leaders commit themselves to service for the church and our Lord, we ask the congregation to also recommit by the Reaffirming their Baptismal Vows:
Leader: Who is your Lord and Savior?
ALL: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Leader: Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
ALL: I do.
Leader: Do you turn to Jesus Christ, trusting in His grace and love?
ALL: I do.
Leader: Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying His Word and showing His love?
ALL: I will, with God’s help.
Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”
Message “Night Flight” Dr. Jonathan Sloan
The Escape to Egypt
13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
The Massacre of the Infants
16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
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 “The Love of Christ” R Stone and R Sterling
*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)
*Prayer of Dedication
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE
*Hymn #159 “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem”
Postlude “Fanfare on An Early American Hymn” arr. J Spong
*Please stand, in body or in spirit