Affirmation Of Faith- “The Heidelberg Catechism” (4.052)
How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you?
In all distress and persecution, with uplifted head, I confidently await the very judge who has already offered himself to the judgment of God in my place and removed the whole curse from me. Christ will cast all his enemies and mine into everlasting condemnation but will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven.
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Words of Greeting
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And also with you.
Prayer For Illumination
With the Psalmist we pray:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer,” through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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out of gratitude for the innumerable blessings we have received from God.)
Sermon - "Our Blessed Destiny" Rev. Dr. Jim Moran
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Call To Worship (Psalm 24:1-4, 9-10)
The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.
For He has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors! That the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.
Prayer Of Confession
Almighty Deliverer and Guardian, You have always been good to those who trust in You. Yet when faced with distress, we have lost confidence in Your goodness. We have complained and questioned, rather than keeping our hope steadfast. In seasons of uncertainty and struggle, we have broken faith with You, as well as with those who are near to us. In Your generous mercy, forgive our faithlessness. Renew in us a spirit of devotion, that we may steadfastly trust in Your abiding love, keeping faith and hope in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, for the sake of the One who loved us to the end, Jesus of Nazareth, our Savior and our Lord.
(Silent prayer of personal confession.)
Call To Confession
With the Psalmist, we lift our soul to the Lord, in whom we trust, and pray,
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble and forgive all my sins.” (Psalm 25:16-18)
Trusting in the graciousness of God, we lift our prayers…
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.
Prelude - “Voluntary on “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
Arranged by Robert LindDr. Silviya Mateva - Organist
Preparation For Worship (Reading before service for quiet meditation)
Theologian Karl Barth wrote this prayer about our relationship with God: “O Lord our God! You know who we are; men (and women) with good consciences and with bad, persons who are content and those who are discontent, the certain and the uncertain, Christians by conviction and Christians by convention, those who believe, those who half-believe, those who disbelieve. … But now we stand before you, in all our differences, yet alike in that we are all in the wrong with you and with one another, that we must all one day die, that we would all be lost without your grace, but also in that your grace is promised and made available to us all in your dear Son Jesus Christ. We are here together in order to praise you through letting you speak to us. We beseech you to grant that this may take place in this hour, in the name of your Son our Lord.” Amen.
(#345, pp. 104-105, The New Book of Christian Prayers, ed. Tony Castle)
Song Of Assurance
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.
World without end. Amen, Amen.
Special Music - “Kyrie"
By Antonín Dvořák. Arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Scott Zinn - Euphonium
The tune is from Antonin Dvorak's “New World” Symphony, written during the composer's visit to the United States. He was intrigued by the music of both African Americans and Native Americans and managed to incorporate them in what the music analysts call a thoroughly Bohemian Symphony. I think this is a shining example of the diversity that makes the United States great.