Worship Bulletin for August 4, 2019

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE 

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!

OPENING PRAYER

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.

HYMN #139

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #471

Move Me

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?”

MESSAGE

An Unshak­able Hope!

HOLY COMMUNION

CLOSING HYMN #368

My Hope is Built

BENEDICTION #672

God Be With You Till We Meet Again 

BLESSING & SENDING

POSTLUDE

Lobe den Her­ren, den mächti­gen König der Ehren — Max Reger