The Lord’s Day
PRELUDE: Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him– arr. L. Smith
CALL TO WORSHIP: Various Scriptures (Read Aloud)
Our spirits being composed into a very reverent and serious frame, our thoughts gathered in, and all that is within us charged in the name of the great God carefully to attend the awesome service that lies before us and to keep close to it, we must, with a fixed attention and application of mind and an active lively faith, set the Lord before us, see his eye upon us, and set ourselves in his special presence, presenting ourselves to him as living sacrifices, which we desire may be holy and acceptable to God and a spiritual service.
And so, let us lift up our hearts, with our eyes and hands, to God in heaven. Let us now attend to the Lord with undivided devotion. Let us worship God who is spirit, in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty; who was and is and is to come. O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you. Who is a God like you, O LORD, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
I am the clay, and you are my potter; I am the work of your hand. You, O God, made me, and not I myself, and therefore I am of your people and the sheep of your pasture. In your hand is my breath, and yours are all my ways; for the way of man is not in himself, but my times are in your hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I trust in the name of the LORD my God. I will trust in your steadfast love, O God, forever and ever. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?” But this I say, “O LORD, lift up the light of your face upon me, and that shall put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and wine abound.”
I know that even spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only through Christ Jesus, nor can I hope to receive anything but what I ask of you in his name; and therefore bless me in the Beloved, that other angel who put much incense to the prayers of the saints and offers them up on the golden altar before the throne.
I therefore worship before you, O LORD, that I may glorify your name; for from you and through you and to you are all things. Amen.
HYMN OF TRUST: “Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right”
THE READING OF THE WORD: Selections from Romans 8 (Read aloud)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
ANTHEM: “Heir of Heaven
THE WORD SPEAKS TO OUR LIVES Rev. Paul Rettew
Peace and Hope for Dark Times: “Exulting in Hope of the Power of God” Part 1
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1,2)