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Worship Service for January 7, 2024

Updated: Jan 7

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,

Give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 29:1-2

Hymn # 100 Holy, Holy, Holy!

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,only thou art holy; there is none beside theeperfect in pow'r, in love, and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Call To Confession

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;  not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Romans 12:9–14 (NKJV):

 

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice!

Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You that You may be feared.

Psalm 130:1–4 (NKJV)

Confession of Sins

Let us, therefore, confess our sin, saying together:

 

Merciful Heavenly Father, pardon us our many sins; the sins we know and the sins hidden from our conscience. Cleanse us from wrong motives and forgive us for feeble obedience. By your Spirit renew our hearts to love you, our minds to know you, and our wills to obey you. For we ask this mercy in the name of your Son who shed his blood for us. Amen.

 

Word of Assurance 

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Romans 5:8–9 (NKJV)

Song of Renewal

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Trinity Hymnal # 521, stanza 1

Scripture Lessons

Micah 4:1-4 

1  Now it shall come to pass on the last days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and peoples shall flow to it. 2 Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

 

3 He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. 4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid for the mouth of the Lord of armies has spoken.

 

Ephesians 4:1–24 (NKJV mod.) 

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and humility, with perseverance, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

 

8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

 

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitfulness, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom all the body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20  But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

 

Sermon

 

Hymn # 57 Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul

1 Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,O my soul, Jehovah praise;I will sing the glorious praisesof my God through all my days.Put no confidence in princes,nor for help on man depend;he shall die, to dust returning,and his purposes shall end.

2 Happy is the man that choosesIsrael's God to be his aid;he is blessed whose hope of blessingon the Lord his God is stayed.Heav'n and earth the Lord created,seas and all that they contain;he delivers from oppression,righteousness he will maintain.

3 Food he daily gives the hungry,Sets the mourning pris’ner free,raises those bowed down with anguish,makes the sightless eye to see.Well Jehovah loves the righteous,and the stranger he befriends,helps the fatherless and widow,judgment on the wicked sends.

4 Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,O my soul, Jehovah praise;I will sing the glorious praisesof my God through all my days.Over all God reigns forever,through all ages he is King;unto him, your God, O Zion,joyful hallelujahs sing.


Prayer of the Church and the Lord’s Prayer 

“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.”

 

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made;     who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;     whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;     who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Hymn # 248 Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended (1-3)

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?By foes derided, by thine own rejected,O most afflicted.

2 Who was the guilty who brought this upon thee?Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:I crucified thee.

3 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered:the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered:for man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth,God intercedeth.


The Lord’s Supper


Hymn # 248 Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended (4-5)

4 For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation:thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,for my salvation.

5 Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,not my deserving.


Benediction 




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