Silent Prayer and Apostolic Greeting
1 Corinthians 1:3
Call to Worship
Hymn of Adoration
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Trinity Hymnal #53)
Confession of Sin
Mighty God, You are good beyond measure while I am shaped by sin. My lips are ready to confess, but my heart is slow to feel, and my ways slower to change. I bring my soul to You: break it, wound it, bend it, mold it. Show me sin’s deformity, that I may hate and flee from it. My abilities have been weapons against You. I have misused my strengths and labored against Your kingdom. Give me grace to mourn my foolishness. Grant me to know that the way of the sinner is hard, that to depart from You is to lose all good. I have seen Your perfect law, the happiness of those who embrace it, and the dignified walk to which it calls; yet I daily violate and despise it. Your Spirit strives within me, yet I provoke Him to abandon me. For these sins I cry pardon. Work in me profound and abiding repentance. Give me the fullness of a godly grief. Grant that through true repentance I may see more clearly the brightness and glories of the saving cross.
Assurance of Pardon
Confession of Faith
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 of the life of the world to come. Amen.
Hymn of Response
Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners (Trinity Hymnal #498)
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, forever. Amen.
Psalm 51E (Book of Psalms for Singing)
Old Testament: Ezekiel 26:22-36
New Testament: 1 John 3:19-24 (Sermon Text)
The Spirit Reassured Heart
My Faith Looks Up to Thee (Trinity Hymnal #528)
Tithes and Offerings
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below8
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14