Service Preview for February 14

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Reflection

Baptism does picture judgment, but it is the judgment satisfied, judgment exhausted, judgment we will never taste because Christ drained the cup to its dregs.

Bobby Jamieson
Going Public

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
From Psalm 118:24; 117 (CSB)

This is the day the Lord has made!

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify Him, all peoples!
For His faithful love to us is great;
The Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Hallelujah!

Our Sung Call to Worship
All Creatures of Our God and King

Verse 1
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him, O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 2 (Women Only)
Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 3 (Men Only)
And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 4
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words by William Draper & Thomas Ken
Music by Geistliche Kirchengesang & Ralph Vaughan Williams
Public Domain

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

Our Spoken Confession
Adapted from The Gate of Prayer by John MacDuff

Lord, guide us by Your counsel as we examine
our sinful hearts.

Forgive us for every unloving thought,
every unworthy aim
and all prideful aspirations.

Remove them far from us to make space for what is pure and unselfish and kind.
May every idol that would usurp Your place in our hearts
be overthrown.

Forgive us for the corrupt thoughts that pollute our hearts,
the unworthy utterances that defile our tongues,
and every unholy action that stains our lives.

Preserve us from the world’s insinuating, seductive power—and from the treachery and deceitfulness of our own evil hearts.

Whatever is our dominant sin:
ease or pleasure,
pride or passion,
covetousness or ambition;
enable us, by the promised help of Your Spirit,
to subdue it—nailing it to the Redeemer’s cross.

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul

Verse 1
Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise.
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies.
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal.
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel.

Verse 2
But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine.
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline.
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust.
And still my soul would cleave to Thee,
Though prostrate in the dust.

Verse 3
Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace,
Be deaf when I complain?
No, still the ear of sovereign grace,
Attends the mourner’s prayer.
Oh may I ever find access,
To breathe my sorrows there.

Verse 4
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat.
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet,
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat.
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet.

Words by Anne Steele, Music by Matt Merker
©2014 Sovereign Grace Praise, Matthew Merker Music

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.
Remember the Gospel
Adapted from William Mason

Brothers and Sisters!
The riches of Christ are boundless and bottomless!

We have in Christ unsearchable riches!
An inexhaustible treasure which never fails!

O let your mind be ever inspecting your beloved Christ…
His wondrous person,
His amazing love,
His glorious salvation!

For He has laid down His life for us, the enemy.
We are no longer strangers but fellow citizens with the saints!
To Him be the glory and the dominion forevermore!

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Verse 1
Christ, the sure and steady anchor
In the fury of the storm;
When the winds of doubt blow through me
And my sails have all been torn.
In the suffering, in the sorrow,
When my sinking hopes are few,
I will hold fast to the anchor;
It shall never be removed.

Verse 2
Christ, the sure and steady anchor
While the tempest rages on;
When temptation claims the battle
And it seems the night has won.
Deeper still then goes the anchor,
Though I justly stand accused;
I will hold fast to the anchor;
It shall never be removed.

Verse 3
Christ, the sure and steady anchor
Through the floods of unbelief;
Hopeless, somehow, O my soul now
Lift your eyes to Cavalry.
This my ballast of assurance,
See His love forever proved;
I will hold fast to the anchor;
It shall never be removed.

Verse 4
Christ the sure and steady anchor,
As we face the wave of death;
When those trials give way to glory
And we draw our final breath.
We will cross that great horizon,
Clouds behind and life secured;
And the calm will be the better
For the storms that we endured.

Ending
Christ, the shore of our salvation,
Ever faithful, every true;
We will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Words and music by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
©2015 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Messenger Hymns

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
Joshua 5:1-15
1As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea,
heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.

2At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.” 3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth. 4 And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt. 5 Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised. 6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. 7 So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised. For they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.

8 When the circumcising of the whole nation was finished, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. 9 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.

10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. 11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

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

Sermon
Joshua 5:1-15 – The Priority of God’s Promise – Pastor Michael Felkins

Sermon Discipleship Questions
1. What encouraged you?
2. What convicted you?
3. Is there anything in your life that needs to change?

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

Blessing
Until time is swallowed up in eternity,
may you receive His inexhaustible fullness:
Grace upon grace
Blessing upon blessing
Comfort upon comfort!

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