There was an infant Baptism during the service today.
It is good to remember what our Baptism means, so here is an excerpt from the Book of Order on the Theology of Baptism:
Baptism enacts and seals what the Word proclaims: God’s redeeming grace offered to
all people. Baptism is at once God’s gift of grace, God’s means of grace, and God’s call to
respond to that grace. Through Baptism, Jesus Christ calls us to repentance, faithfulness,
and discipleship. Through Baptism, the Holy Spirit gives the Church its identity and commissions
the Church for service in the world.
Baptism is the bond of unity in Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, we are made one
with Christ, with one another, and with the Church of every time and place. In Christ,
barriers of race, status, and gender are overcome; we are called to seek reconciliation in the
Church and world, in Jesus’ name.
Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. The baptism
of believers witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls for our grateful response.
The baptism of our young children witnesses to the truth that God claims people in love
even before they are able to respond in faith. These two forms of witness are one and the
**For more information about the Sacraments of the Presbyterian Church, see the Book of Order, Pg. 92
The Service for the Lord’s Day
3rd Sunday After Pentecost
June 10, 2018 10:30 a.m
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE
Prelude “Cantabile” C Franck
“Borning Cry” D Christensen
*Praise Hymn “God You’re So Good” B Ligertwood
*Call to Worship
Leader: We gather today as examples of faithful followers of Christ.
People: We learn and grow becoming more confident in the Word;
Leader: to carry the Word out to the world, in our conversations, in our daily
comings and goings, and in our works done in Jesus’ name.
People: We gather today as witnesses of a Baptism;
Leader: dedicating ourselves as visual reminders of the words of promise heard today.
ALL: Let us show the joy received through our own Baptism and worship
*Hymn “River” L Bridges
*Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Dear Lord, we begin our day with good intentions, desiring to be faithful followers and to please You, but the stress and busyness of the day creates a wedge between who You want us to be and who we often are. We know Your commands and may even share them with others seeking guidance, but we forget that it is far better to be seen walking with You than to simply tell others we do. Help us to become bold witnesses of You by silently and deliberately doing Your work whether in a crowd or in an empty room… (Silent time of prayer)
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Jesus tells us of His unending love and forgiveness, but the mercy He demonstrated as He suffered and died on the cross, speaks volumes, even to those who won’t hear.
. ALL: Thanks be to God!
Glory be to God the father, Glory be to God the son,
Glory be to God the spirit, All glory to the one.
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
*Hymn #488 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
Sermon “Show and Tell” Dr. Blake
The Great Commandment
6 Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2 so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, 9 and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Anthem “I Will Worship” Stone and Popham
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.
Offertory Anthem “Sweet Hour of Prayer” arr. H Sorenson
*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)
*Prayer of Dedication
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE
*Hymn #462 “I Love to Tell the Story”
Postlude “He’s Got the While World in His Hands” J Wilson