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Worship Service for March 3, 2024



Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;Praise Him in the heights!

Psalm 148:1

Hymn # 110 Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah

1 Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, from the heavens praise his name; praise Jehovah in the highest, all his angels, praise proclaim.All his hosts, together praise him, sun and moon and stars on high; praise him, O you heavens of heav’ns, and you floods above the sky.

Refrain: Let them praises give Jehovah,for his name alone is high,and his glory is exalted,and his glory is exalted,and his glory is exalted,far above the earth and sky.

2 Let them praises give Jehovah,they were made at his command;them forever he established,his decree shall ever stand.From the earth, O praise Jehovah,all you seas, you monsters all,fire and hail and snow and vapors,stormy winds that hear his call. [Refrain]

3 All you fruitful trees and cedars,all you hills and mountains high;creeping things and beasts and cattle,birds that in the heavens fly,kings of earth, and all you people,princes great, earth's judges all;praise his name, young men and maidens,aged men, and children small. [Refrain]


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: Philippians 2:12 - 30

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.



Hymn # 355 We Are God’s People

1 We are God's people, the chosen of the Lord, Born of His Spirit, established by His Word; Our cornerstone is Christ alone, And strong in Him we stand: O let us live transparently And walk heart to heart and hand in hand.

2 We are God’s loved ones, the Bride of Christ our Lord, For we have known it, the love of God outpoured; Now let us learn how to return The gift of love once given: O let us share each joy and care, And live with a zeal that pleases heav’n.

3 We are the Body of which the Lord is Head, Called to obey Him, now risen from the dead; He wills us be a family, Diverse yet truly one: O let us give our gifts to God, And so shall his work on earth be done.

4 We are a temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place, Formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God’s grace; We die alone, for on its own Each member loses fire: Yet joined in one the flame burns on To give warmth and light, and to inspire.



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   page 846

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.

Anthem - Before the Throne of God Above

The Lord’s Supper


Hymn # 469 How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place

1 How sweet and awesome is the placewith Christ within the doors,while everlasting love displaysthe choicest of her stores.

2 While all our hearts and all our songsjoin to admire the feast,each of us cries, with thankful tongue,"Lord, why was I a guest?

3 "Why was I made to hear your voice,and enter while there's room,when thousands make a wretched choice,and rather starve than come?"

4 'Twas the same love that spread the feastthat sweetly drew us in;else we had still refused to taste,and perished in our sin.

5 Pity the nations, O our God,constrain the earth to come;send your victorious Word abroad,and bring the strangers home.

6 We long to see your churches full,that all the chosen racemay, with one voice and heart and soul,sing your redeeming grace.



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