Worship Bulletin for September 15, 2019

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE

Sheep May Safe­ly Graze (from Can­ta­ta BWV 208) by J S Bach

CHORAL INTROIT

Sing to the Lord a New Song by Randy Edwards

CALL TO WORSHIP

One     Stead­fast love sur­rounds those who trust in the Lord.

Many  The Lord is a hid­ing place for us, our shield and deliv­er­er.

One     The Lord encom­pass­es us with sal­va­tion. Great are God’s works.

Many  He for­gives our sin and cleans­es us from unright­eous­ness.

One      Be glad there­fore, and rejoice, for God’s mer­cy and deliv­er­ance are sure.

Many   Let us sing to the Lord our God!  His stead­fast love is great!

THE APOSTLE’S CREED # 881

I believe in God the Father Almighty, mak­er of heav­en and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was con­veived by the Holy Spir­it, born of the Vir­gin Mary, suf­fered under Pon­tius Pilate, was cru­ci­fied, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascend­ed into heav­en, and sit­teth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spir­it, the holy catholic church, the com­mu­nion of saints, the for­give­ness of sins, the res­ur­rec­tion of the body, and the life ever­last­ing. Amen.

HYMN # 140 Great Is Thy Faith­ful­ness

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

MISSION MOMENT

Futures Team — Chick McCh­es­ney

Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee — Eric Holmes

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Awak­en Me to Pray by John Park­er & David Lantz III

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.

CHORAL ANTHEM

Sav­ior, Shep­herd Lead Us by Joseph M. Mar­tin

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD

St Colum­ba (The King of Love My Shep­herd Is) by Healey Willan

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS # 133 (v. 1 and 3)

Lean­ing On the Ever­last­ing Arms

WRITTEN WORD John 10:11–15 and Psalm 23:4–6

11 “I am the good shep­herd. The good shep­herd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shep­herd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf com­ing, he aban­dons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scat­ters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares noth­ing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shep­herd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

4 Even though I walk through the dark­est val­ley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they com­fort me. 5 You pre­pare a table before me in the pres­ence of my ene­mies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup over­flows. 6 Sure­ly your good­ness and love will fol­low me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for­ev­er.

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

 • What val­leys has God led you through recent­ly?  How did you expe­ri­ence his pro­tec­tion in that time?

 • What did you think David meant when he said, “Your rod and staff, they com­fort me?”  

 • Has God ever pulled you out of a hole into which you had stum­bled?

 • How does it feel to hear the good shep­herd say “I am near you?”

 • What “wolves” does God need to defend you from these days? They can be inter­nal or exter­nal.

 • Have you thanked God late­ly for his defense of your faith and life? Have you thanked Jesus for lay­ing down His life for you?

MESSAGE The Good Shep­herd, part 3 — Defend­er

CLOSING HYMN #364 Because He Lives

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE 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 AND SENDING

POSTLUDE

IV. Andante (Organ Con­cer­to op 4 no 1) by G F Hän­del