Service Preview for November 24

Call To Worship
We confess the supremacy of God in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Call to Worship
From Psalm 67:4-6 (NRSV)

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has brought forth its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

Our Sung Call to Worship
Praise Him! Praise Him!

Confession
We confess our need for mercy through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Confession
From the Worship Sourcebook

Holy God, you have given us many good gifts.

Today we thank you for all of them,
but we also confess that sometimes
we love those gifts more than we love you.

We confess wanting more and more things:
food, clothes, toys, and money.

Forgive us for not being content and thankful.

Forgive our selfishness.

Help us love you more than everything else.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

TIME OF SILENT CONFESSION

Our Sung Confession
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.
Remember the Gospel
Based on 1 Peter 2:22-25 (ESV)

We remember and give thanks for Jesus Christ,
who suffered for us.

He committed no sin,
neither was deceit found in his mouth.
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return;
when he suffered, he did not threaten,
but continued entrusting himself
to him who judges justly.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

By his wounds we have been healed.

For we were straying like sheep, but have now returned
to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Psalm 62

Baby Dedication

God has established a testimony in Jesus Christ, our Savior.
He has commanded us to teach our children to love Christ,
that the next generation might know Him
and arise and speak of Him to their children,
so that they should set their hope in Jesus Christ
and not forget the works of God,
but love Him with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.

—Questions for Parents—
Parents, do you commit
to trust God’s promises made to you and your children in His Word,
to seek God and gospel change in the way you live and parent your children,
to teach God’s Word to them and live life in light of the gospel in your home,
to pray for them and teach them to pray, and
to partner with our church by seeking their help and accountability and leading your children
to do the same?

—Parents’ Response—
With God’s help, we will
impress on our children what we have heard and known,
teach them to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength, and
tell of the glorious deeds of the Lord Jesus—
of His perfect life, His death on the cross and of His resurrection from the dead.

—Charge to the Church—
Church, will you commit
to seek God and seek gospel change in the way you live before these children,
to pray for these children to love Jesus and trust in Him,
to teach them the gospel through both your words and your example,
to partner with these parents through both correction and encouragement,
to pray for these parents, and
to walk with them through the joys and trials of parenting?

—Church’s Response—
We, as Christ’s church,
with joy and thanksgiving,
and by God’s help
promise to love, encourage and support you,
as you follow Christ and train your children in the word of God.

Thanksgiving and Petition

We Give Thanks in Prayer and Offer Petitions to God
We express our gratitude to God our Father for Christ’s work on the cross for us and bring our requests before him. In bringing our requests, we confess that we believe God truly is a good father, who cares about our needs and gives us what he knows is best.

We Give Thanks by Giving
We give financial offerings to support the work of the church because of our gratitude to God. By giving we confess we are trusting in God’s provision for us as well.
On the first Sunday of each month we have two offerings—one for the general fund and a second one for the benevolence ministry of our church.

We Give Thanks in Song
My Heart is Filled

Scripture Reading
Psalm 119:161-168

Sin and Shin
161 Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.
162 I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous rules.
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
166 I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Sermon
Psalm 119:161-168 – The Constant Heart – Pastor Eric Schumacher

Introduction of New Members

Sending
Having heard and confessed the Gospel, we are sent into the world on mission in Christ, which we express in both song and spoken word.

Blessing
Adapted from Numbers 6:24-26

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

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