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Worship Service for September 17, 2023

Updated: Sep 17, 2023


Call to Worship

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name;

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Psalm 96:1–2 (NKJV)

Hymn # 165 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

1 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, and publish abroad his wonderful name; the name, all victorious, of Jesus extol; his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save; and still he is nigh– his presence we have. The great congregation his triumph shall sing, ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.

3 Salvation to God, who sits on the throne! Let all cry aloud and honor the Son. The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.

4 Then let us adore, and give him his right, all glory and pow'r, and wisdom and might, all honor and blessing, with angels above, and thanks never ceasing for infinite love.

Call To Confession

And God spoke all these words, saying:

2“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image...5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

12 Honor your father and your mother.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 You shall not desire...anything that is your neighbor’s.

I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I have not hidden.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You

In a time when You may be found.

Psalm 32:5–6 (NKJV)

Confession of Sins

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

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me... Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities” through Jesus your Son. Amen.

Word of Assurance

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:11–13 (NKJV):

Song of Renewal

Gracious God my heart renew,

Make my spirit right and true;

Cast me not away from thee,

Let thy Spirit dwell in me;

Thy salvation's joy impart.

Steadfast make my willing heart.

#486, stanza 5 (Ps 51:10-11)

Scripture Lessons:

Psalm 94:1–23 (NKJV):

O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs—O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!

2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud.

3 Lord, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?

4 They utter speech, and speak insolent things; all the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.

5 They break in pieces Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage. 6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

7 Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand.”

8 Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? shall He who formed the eye, shall He not see?

10 He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, He who teaches man knowledge?

11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

12 Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law,

13 That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance.

15 But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.

18 If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.

19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You?

21 They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.

22 But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.

23 He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.

Ephesians 6:10–17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God so that you will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our battle is not with blood and flesh, but with the rulers, against the authorities, with those who shape society (world-strong ones), with the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Colossians 2:6–10

6 As, therefore, you have received the Christ, Jesus, the Lord, so in him walk, 7 rooted and built on in him and made firm in the faith, just as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving.

8 Watch lest anyone capture you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world (human society), and not according to Christ.

9 For in him dwells all the fullness of deity bodily; 10 and you are full in him, who is the head over all rule and authority.


Hymn # 439 Christ Shall Have Dominion

1 Christ shall have dominion over land and sea, Earth's remotest regions shall his empire be; they that wilds inhabit shall their worship bring, kings shall render tribute, nations serve our King.

Refrain: Christ shall have dominion over land and sea, earth's remotest regions shall his empire be.

2 When the needy seek him, he will mercy show; yea, the weak and helpless shall his pity know; he will surely save them from oppression's might, for their lives are precious in his holy sight. [Refrain]

3 Ever and forever shall his name endure, long as suns continue it shall stand secure; and in him forever all men shall be blest, and all nations hail him King of kings confessed. [Refrain]

4 Unto God Almighty joyful Zion sings; he alone is glorious, doing wondrous things. Evermore, ye people, bless his glorious name, his eternal glory through the earth proclaim. [Refrain]

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.”

Hymn # 713 Great King of Nations, Hear Our Prayer

1 Great King of nations, hear our prayer, while at your feet we fall, and humbly, with united cry, to you for mercy call. 2 The guilt is ours, but grace is yours, O turn us not away; but hear us from your lofty throne, and help us when we pray. 3 Our fathers' sins were manifold, and ours no less we own, yet wondrously from age to age your goodness has been shown. 4 When dangers, like a stormy sea, beset our country round, to you we looked, to you we cried, and help in you was found. 5 With one consent we meekly bow beneath your chast'ning hand, and, pouring forth confession meet, mourn with our mourning land. 6 With pitying eye behold our need, as thus we lift our prayer; correct us with your judgments, Lord, then let your mercy spare.


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