PHILADELPHIA: THE SMALL BUT FAITHFUL CHURCH (Revelation 3: 7 – 13)

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Order of Worship:

For Pre-Service Reading: Psalm 30 (Hymnal, Pagx 129)

Opening Hymn 538 –“Now The Shades Of Night Are Gone”

The Invocation & Confessional Prayer

A Responsive Scripture Reading (Interspersed Hymn Stanzas)

P: “We always thank God for you, beloved of the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
C: He called us to this through the Gospel, so that we might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, let us stand firm and hold to the teachings passed on to us, whether by word or letter.”

P: “We also thank God continually, because when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God.
C: As beloved of the Lord, His Gospel has come to us not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. As children of our Father, we are encouraged and urged to live lives worthy of God, Who calls us in Christ into His kingdom and glory.” (1 & 2 Thessalonians)

Sing: Abide, O dearest Jesus, among us with Thy grace
That Satan may not harm us. Nor we to sin give place.

Abide, O dear Redeemer, Among us with Thy Word
And thus now and hereafter True peace and joy afford.

Abide with heav’nly brightness Among us, precious Light;
Thy Truth direct and keep us From error’s gloomy night.

P: “Jesus said, ‘ If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples.
C: And you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”

P: “God’s grace has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, Who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Of this Gospel I have been called as a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am.
C: “Yet I am not ashamed, because I know Whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard that which I have entrusted to Him until that day. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit Who lives in us.” (John 8 an 2 Timothy 1)

Sing: Abide with richest blessings Among us, bounteous Lord;
Let us in grace and wisdom Grow daily through Thy Word.

Abide, O faithful Savior, Among us with Thy Love;
Grant steadfastness and help us To reach our home above.

The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucifed, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on 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 Ghost; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

TLH 264 st 1,5-6: Preserve Thy Word, O Savior Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ……………. Revelation 3: 7 – 13

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of Him Who is holy and true,Who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your works. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My Name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars – I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowlege that I have loved you. Since you have patiently endured, I will keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never will He leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the city of my God, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God; And I will write on him My new Name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

PHILADELPHIA: THE SMALL BUT FAITHFUL CHURCH

Hymn 477 (V 1-2) – “Lord Jesus, Thou The Church’s Head”

Our Gifts For The Lord’s Kingdom Work

Our Prayers And Our Lord’s Blessing

Closing Hymn 291 – “Lamp Of Our Feet Whereby We Trace”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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