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