Silent Prayer and Apostolic Greeting
1 Corinthians 1:3
Call to Worship
Hymn of Adoration
All People That on Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100) (Trinity Hymnal #1)
Confession of Sin
Almighty Lord, We find great delight in your creation and the good things you have given us to enjoy, but we rarely spend time delighting in you. We tend to enjoy you when you give us what we want, but we become anxious, fretful, and angry when life is hard and you seem unwilling to rescue us from uncomfortable or painful circumstances. We spend many days haunted by guilty fears over the sins that we have committed, forgetting the wounds that will forever scar the hands of your Son, and that plead forgiveness for us every moment of everyday. We fail to bear grief and shame patiently, because we forgot that you alone are our stronghold in times of trouble, and you are working all things together for our good, Father forgive us. Cause us to find overwhelming delight in the salvation you have given us through Christ. Stir our souls to arise and shake off the fearful guilt we cling to with stubborn pride. Give us such great confidence in the gospel that we run joyfully to you in the midst of our weakness, to hear your pardoning voice. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Confession of Faith
Heidelberg Catechism Questions 1 and 2
Q1. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
Q2. What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
A. First, how great my sins and misery are; second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.
Prayer of Supplication & Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.
Psalm 8, Read Responsively (Trinity Hymnal pg 786)
Old Testament: Genesis 1:1-31
New Testament: 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (Sermon Text)
God’s Good Gifts
Tithes and Offering
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.