Who We Are: Worship

Dr. Jonathan Sloan closes our four part series “Who We Are” with a message about Worship, which ties to the purple in our new logo. Based on Matthew 22:34-40. (We’ve included more than just the sermon to give you more insight to what our worship is like at First, the sermon starts around 13 minutes.)

The Service for the Lord’s Day   April 7, 2019

    Who We Are:  Worship



Prelude                                      “When We Get to Heaven”                                    arr. D Stanley

“There Shall Be Showers of Blessings”                          arr. D Stanley

“God and God Alone”                                        arr. M Hayes


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                                “Come, Now is the Time to Worship”                                 Doerkson


*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather this morning to worship God;

People:           maker and creator of all things!

Leader:            We do not come through obligation or by force;

People:           we come in response to the love bestowed upon us.

Leader:            If we do not give praise freely, we do not praise at all.  Our love for God

brings us here; our love for each other takes us far beyond the building and into each other’s hearts.

All:                  Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                        “Here I Am to Worship”                                                 Hughes


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we claim to love You with our whole heart, but can go for days without feeling Your compassion and warmth.  We say we love You with our whole soul, yet we see hurt and despair in others and we remain detached.  We profess to love You with our whole mind, all the while spending hours in front of a screen without a single thought of You.  We schedule time to be with our loved ones, but often fail to deliberately set aside even a few moments with You.  Help us to feel, see and think of You above the worldly things that prevent us from making You a priority in our lives.  Help us to recognize that worshipping You is the greatest expression of our love and gratitude for all You have done for us…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Jesus is a working, active part of our lives.  He gave us His all so that we could have it all:  love, mercy and forgiveness.  He is truly worthy of our praise!

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, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Message        “Who We Are:  Worship”      Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Matthew 22:34-40

The Greatest Commandment
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

*Hymn                                            “The Heart of Worship”                                                      Redman



*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




Offertory Anthem              “Feast Upon the Memory”                                          J Martin

Chancel Choir


*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)


Prayer of Dedication



“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




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.



*Hymn #611                                                                             “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”           




Postlude                                               “Trumpet Tune”                                                 H Purcell



*Please stand, in body or in spirit