Worship Bulletin for July 7, 2019

SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE Aria Larghet­to (Con­cer­to Grosso op 6 no 12)  — G F Hän­del

CHORAL & CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #657  This Is the Day

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heav­en and earth.

Peo­ple:  The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all that call in truth.

Leader:  He ful­fills the hearts of those who seek him.

Peo­ple:  He hears their cry and will save them.

Leader:  “Where two or three are gath­ered togeth­er in my name,” says the Lord Jesus,

Peo­ple:  “There am I in the midst of them.”

Leader:  This is the con­fi­dence we have in him.

Peo­ple:  Hav­ing these promis­es, let us draw near to the throne of grace in full assur­ance of faith.

OPENING PRAYER

Lord God, you call us your chil­dren in Christ Jesus, and that is who we are. We come to you now with child-like faith ask­ing for your favor and touch in our lives. Pre­pare our hearts for this time of wor­ship, and help our hearts to respond to you in faith and lifestyles of obe­di­ence. In the pre­cious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

HYMN #92 For the Beau­ty of the Earth

MISSION MINUTE Don­na Auy­er

CHORAL & CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER  #454

Open My Eyes, That I May See  (verse 2 only)   

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD

March from the Ora­to­rio Judas Mac­cabaeus  — G F Hän­del

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS #95

Praise God From Whom All Bless­ings Flow

PASSING THE PEACE

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #383 (vers­es 1,2,4)

CHORAL ANTHEM

His Love Nev­er Fails  by Pamela Mar­tin & Craig Court­ney

THE WRITTEN WORD First John 3:1–3; Acts 1:6–8

1 See what great love the Father has lav­ished on us, that we should be called chil­dren of God! And that is what we are! The rea­son the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are chil­dren of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him puri­fy them­selves, just as he is pure.

6 Then they gath­ered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the king­dom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own author­i­ty. 8 But you will receive pow­er when the Holy Spir­it comes on you; and you will be my wit­ness­es in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  — NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

 •  How much does God love us accord­ing to 1 John 3:1? What does that mean?

•   What can the believ­er even­tu­al­ly expect to be?

•   What are we to do in the mean­time to grow in that direc­tion accord­ing to 1 John 3:3?

•   What does that mean on a prac­ti­cal, dai­ly basis?

•   Accord­ing to Acts 1, what is the believ­ers pri­ma­ry pur­pose in this world? How do we do that?

MESSAGE Who We Are, Whose We Are      Pas­tor Bob Vizthum

HOLY COMMUNION

CLOSING HYMN #467 Trust and Obey

BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

BLESSING/SENDING

POSTLUDE

Fuga Alle­gro (Organ Con­cer­to op 4 no 4)  — G F Hän­del