Order of Worship:
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 14 ( 8:30 & 10:30 A.M.)
For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 19, Page 126
Opening Hymn 250 : “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”
The Invocation And Prayer
KNOWING OURSELVES – LOST IN SIN
Genesis 1:27 ; Ephesians 2:1 ; Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 8:7 ; Psalm 14:2-3
(8:30 – Mike Taylor; 10:30 – David Lueck)
Our Statement of Faith And Purpose
Man was created in the image of God (holy and righteous), but he lost that image through the fall into sin. Since the Fall, he is by nature and from conception without spiritual goodness. Man is spiritually blind and dead, an enemy of God, and doomed to eternal damnation. In his lost condition he can do nothing to save himself.
KNOWING GOD FROM NATURE & CONSCIENCE
Romans 1: 18 – 25 ; Romans 2: 14-15
(8:30 – Gene Lang ; 10:30 – Dan Schafer)
C: The creation of the world and the testimony of conscience (natural knowledge) make evident the existence of God. However, the saving knowledge of God is known only through His gracious revelation in Christ found in the Bible (revealed knowledge). Without exception, any other god is an idol that cannot hear, see or save. This describes false gods worshiped by non-Christians. In the darkness of wicked hearts, sinners left to themselves follow the errors of idolatry – false worship.
KNOWING GOD THE FATHER
John 3:16 ; Galatians 3: 21 – 24 ; Galatians 1: 3-5
(8:30 – Jim Doring ; 10:30 – Steve Schierenbeck)
C: We confess and worship the Triune (Three-In-One) God: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Triune God we find the source and promise of salvation. God the Father is our Creator and Preserver. He loved the world, which was perishing in its sins, and from eternity planned the salvation of every sinner through God the Son.
KNOWING GOD THE SON
Galatians 4: 4-5 ; 2 Corinthians 5: 19-21 ; Romans 5: 8 – 10
(8:30 – Tom Schwartz ; 10:30 – Larry Eisenbeisz)
C: God the Son is our Redeemer. He became man to be our Savior. Jesus Christ, true God and true man, lived a life of perfect obedience to God’s Law on behalf of every sinner. As the sinner’s substitute, He suffered the full punishment of hell on the cross. He atoned for the sins of the whole world, completely removed all guilt, and reconciled everyone to God. On the third day He rose from the dead in glorious victory over sin and death. We believe that God has justified (declared righteous) all sinners because of Jesus’ perfect obedience and His sacrificial death.
Hymn 387 (V 6 & 8) – “The Son Obeyed His Father’s Will”
Our Gifts For The Advancement Of The Kingdom
KNOWING GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 12:3 ; Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 3:16
Ephesians 2: 10 ; Galatians 5: 22-24
(8:30 – Dan Beekman ; 10:30 – Brian Ludvigson )
C: God The Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier (the One Who sets us apart as believers in Christ). His function in our salvation is to enlighten our dark and sinful hearts. To accomplish this, He uses the Gospel (The Good News of salvation through Jesus) to create saving faith and give the comfort of the forgiveness of sins. The Holy Spirit creates believers in Christ Through His gracious working in the heart of the sinner. Scripture calls this change from unbeliever to believer regeneration, that is – a new birth.
No one, by his own strength of mind or will, can do anything except resist and reject the life-giving Gospel. No one, by his own power, can choose to believe in Christ. Being dead in trespasses and sins, no one can “accept Christ” or “welcome him into his heart” by his own reason or strength. The sinner receives and accepts the blessing of his justifica- tion only through the faith which the Holy Spirit creates.
The Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of those in whom He has created faith, sanctifying them day by day. The Spirit empowers them to live before God as His children according to His revealed will and enables them to crucify the sinful urges that still cling to them in this life.
The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction
The Closing Hymn 644
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly hosts; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.