SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren — J G Walther
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #158
Come, Christians, Join to Sing (verse 1 only)
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
People The Lord is our shield and deliverer.
Leader The Lord encompasses us with salvation. Great are the works of the Lord.
People Be glad, therefore, and rejoice, for his mercy and goodness are sure.
Leader I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
People I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Leader Glorify the Lord with me.
People Let us exalt his name together!
Lord, you have been our dwelling place through all generations of time. Even before the mountains were brought forth or the earth took form, you were God from everlasting to everlasting. We are thankful for life, and ask that day by day you awaken us to your constant and abiding love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #471
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
GIFT OF MUSIC
I Will Sing of My Redeemer Pastor Bob Vizthum, tenor
by Philip P. Bliss & James McGranahan, arr. by Fernando Ortega
OFFERING OUR GIFTS & OURSELVES TO GOD
Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir — Johann Pachelbel
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #170 (verses 1 & 3)
O How I Love Jesus
WRITTEN WORD 1 Peter 1: 3–9
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
• How does “His great mercy” give YOU hope?
• What does Peter mean by a “living hope?”
• How are we “shielded by God’s power” through faith?
• How does “suffering grief in all kinds of trials” impact our hope?
• What is the purpose of these trials, according to Peter? How easy is it to keep that in mind?
• How does faith and hope lead to an “inexpressible and glorious joy?”
An Unshakable Hope!
CLOSING HYMN #368
My Hope is Built
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
BLESSING & SENDING
Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren — Max Reger