Service Preview for November 22

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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 67:5-6, 104:14-16; 67:7 (CSB)

Let the people praise you, God;
let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has produced its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.

He causes grass to grow for the livestock
and provides crops for man to cultivate,
producing food from the earth,
wine that makes human hearts glad—
making his face shine with oil—
and bread that sustains human hearts.

God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Our Sung Call to Worship
My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness

Verse 1
My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light,
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.

Verse 2
My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fear to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For every step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.

Verse 3
My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace,
Whose ev’ry thought is love;
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all
To love and follow Him,
To love and follow Him.

Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
©2003 Thankyou Music

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 to love you more than everything else.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
Gethsemane Hymn

Verse 1
To see the King of heaven fall
In anguish to His knees,
The Light and Hope of all the world
Now overwhelmed with grief.
What nameless horrors must He see,
To cry out in the garden:
‘Oh, take this cup away from me!
Yet not my will but Yours
Yet not my will but Yours.’

Verse 2
To know each friend will fall away,
And heaven’s voice be still,
For hell to have its vengeful day
Upon Golgotha’s hill.
No words describe the Saviour’s plight
To be by God forsaken
Till wrath and love are satisfied,
And every sin is paid,
And every sin is paid.

Verse 3
What took Him to this wretched place,
What kept Him on this road?
His love for Adam’s cursed race,
For every broken soul.
No sin too slight to overlook,
No crime too great to carry,
All mingled in this poisoned cup,
And yet He drank it all
The Saviour drank it all,

Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
©2008 Thankyou Music

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 1:18-19, 21; 2:9-10 (CSB)

There is good news for all who believe the gospel!

God redeemed you from your empty way of life,
not with perishable things like silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ,
like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.

Through him we believe in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that our faith and hope are in God.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people from his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once we were not a people,
but now we are God’s people;
once we had not received mercy,
but now we have received mercy.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
We Will Feast

Chorus
We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
“He has done great things,”
We will say together.
We will feast and weep no more.

Verse 1
We will not be burned by the fire,
He is the Lord our God.
We are not consumed by the flood—
Upheld, protected, gathered up. (Chorus)

Verse 2
In the dark of night before the dawn,
My soul be not afraid.
For the promised morning, o how long!
O God of Jacob be my strength. (Chorus)

Verse 3
Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed—
You are the faithful one.
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom. (Chorus)

Words and Music by Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore
©2015 Integrity Worship Music, Paper News Publishing, joshmooreownsthismusic

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 3:14-18 (ESV)
14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without
spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our
beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved,
knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

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

Sermon
2 Peter 3:14-18 – Church! Be Diligent! – 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
2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)

Go now and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.

Amen.

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