Service Preview for November 15

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
From Psalm 103:1-4

Men:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me,
Bless His holy name!

Women:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits
Bless His Holy name!

Who forgives all your iniquities?

The Lord Strong and Mighty!

Who heals all your diseases?

The Lord Strong and Mighty!

Who redeems your life from the pit?

The Lord Strong and Mighty!

Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy?

The Lord Strong and Mighty!

Because Your steadfast love is better than life,
Our lips will praise You as long as we live;
In Your Name, O Lord, we will lift up our hands and worship!

Our Sung Call to Worship
Rejoice the Lord is King

Verse 1
Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
Rejoice, give thanks and sing,
And triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Verse 2
Jesus, the Savior, reigns,
The God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains
He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Verse 3
His kingdom cannot fail,
He rules o’er earth and heaven,
The keys of death and hell
Are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Verse 4
Rejoice in glorious hope!
Our Lord the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up
To their eternal home.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Words by Charles Wesley, Music by John Darwall
Public Domain

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

Our Spoken Confession
From Matthew Henry’s Commentary,
Deuteronomy 14

Father, forgive us.
Your require us to be holy and we are not.
We shy away from zealous good works.
Instead of avoiding every evil thing we often
run toward it.
We harm ourselves, our health, our reputations,
our peace of mind.
We are the slaves of vile appetites and passions.
We render those around us miserable and
ourselves wretched.
Are we not the children of our Lord God?
Are we not to be set apart for God’s glory?
Lord, teach us how pure and holy all Your people
ought to live
And have mercy on our souls.

Spend a few moments in silent reflection and confession.

Our Sung Confession
His Mercy is More

Verse 1
What love could remember no wrongs we have done?
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum.
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore—
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more. (Chorus)

Chorus
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.

Verse 2
What patience would wait as we constantly roam?
What Father so tender is calling us home?
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor,
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more. (Chorus)

Verse 3
What riches of kindness He lavished on us—
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost!
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford.
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more. (Chorus 2X’s)

Words and Music by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.
© 2016 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Messenger Hymns

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Remember the Gospel
Adapted from Heidelberg Catechism Answer 86

Christ has redeemed and delivered us by His blood and renews us by His Holy Spirit after His own image, that we may testify by the whole of our conduct,
our gratitude to God for His blessings, and that He may be praised by us.

Thank you, Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer, and King!

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Verse 1
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me,
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love;
Leading onward, leading homeward,
To thy glorious rest above.

Verse 2
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore.
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne!

Verse 3
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
‘Tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
‘Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee.

Words by Samuel Trevor Francis
Music by Thomas John Williams
Public Domain

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.
You may give electronically at gabcames.org/giving/ or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.

Scripture Reading
2 Peter 3:1-13 (ESV)
1This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

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

Sermon
2 Peter 3:1-13- Church! Don’t Forget! – Pastor Michael Felkins

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

Blessing

The day of the Lord IS coming; look for it.
Be ready for it.
May He find us faithful when He returns.

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