October 2, 2022 · 10:30am
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Call to Worship
Psalm 130
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Hymn+
Rejoice in All Your Works
+Please stand as you are able.

Every mouth that cries for food,
every lung that yearns for breath,
every eye that searches through
the dark for light—
all creation looks to you
for its breath and for its food.
From the goodness of your hand
we’re satisfied.
Oh rejoice in all your works,
King of Heaven, King of Earth!
Every creature you have made
declares your praise.
We rejoice in all you’ve made,
God of all-sustaining grace!
With the mountain, sky, and sea,
we sing your praise!


Every tree that thirsts for rain,
every bird that seeks its nest,
every heart that waits in hope
to be made glad—
all creation looks to you
for its breath and for its food.
From the goodness of your hand
we’re satisfied.
Oh rejoice in all your works,
King of Heaven, King of Earth!
Every creature you have made
declares your praise.
We rejoice in all you’ve made,
God of all-sustaining grace!
With the mountain, sky, and sea,
we sing your praise!


May the pond’rings of my heart,
and the song upon my lips,
with the chorus of creation join in praise:
to the God who made all things,
to the Spirit who sustains,
to the Son who over all creation reigns.
Oh rejoice in all your works,
King of Heaven, King of Earth!
Every creature you have made
declares your praise.
We rejoice in all you’ve made,
God of all-sustaining grace!
With the mountain, sky, and sea,
we sing your praise!

Text and Music: Wendell Kimbrough, after Psalm 104
Copyright © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Invocation+

Coming Clean

Call to Confession
Jeremiah 17:5–6; Psalm 131

Confession of Sin

Our Father, we confess that we do not always put our hope in you. We trust in the things of this life: in money and possessions, in skills and learning, in strength and beauty. We hope in other people: their presence and favor, their power and influence. Or, we hope in you for things which you have not promised. We hope that you will make us happy, fulfill our dreams, satisfy our desires. While we couch our plans in humble prayer requests, they are often, in reality, demands that lead to anxiety and anger when you don’t come through. And so, we are left disappointed, depressed, and despairing. Forgive us, Father. Help us put our hope in you and in your promises. Father, grant us perseverance in hope. There is so much time and trouble between promise and possession. Help us to look to the cross, to know that the cross comes before the crown and suffering before glory. Help us to hope in the resurrection—that as Jesus rose, so will all who belong to him at his return. Fill us with hope in your Son by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Made New

Assurance of Grace
Titus 2:11–14; Psalm 130:7

Hymn
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free;
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love;
leading onward, leading homeward,
to thy glorious rest above.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Spread his praise from shore to shore;
how he loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore;
how he watches o’er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he intercedeth,
watcheth o’er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Love of ev’ry love the best:
’tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
’Tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee.

Text: Samuel Trevor Francis
Music: Thomas John Williams
Public Domain.


Confession of Faith+
from The Heidelberg Catechism

6. Did God create people so wicked and perverse?

No. God created them good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love him with all their heart, and live with God in eternal happiness, to praise and glorify him.

7. Then where does this corrupt human nature come from?

The fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are all conceived and born in a sinful condition.

8. But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined toward all evil?

Yes, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.

Drawn Near

Scripture Reading
Luke 1:8–38

Prayer for the Church

Hymn+
Yet Not I, But Through Christ in Me
Sheet Music
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What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer!
There is no more for heaven now to give.
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom;
my steadfast love,
my deep and boundless peace.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus,
for my life is wholly bound to His.
Oh, how strange and divine,
I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

The night is dark, but I am not forsaken,
for by my side, the Savior He will stay.
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing,
for in my need, His power is displayed.
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me;
through the deepest valley He will lead.
Oh, the night has been won,
and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

No fate I dread; I know I am forgiven.
The future sure, the price it has been paid,
for Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon,
and He was raised to overthrow the grave.
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated—
Jesus now and ever is my plea.
Oh, the chains are released,
I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

With every breath, I long to follow Jesus,
for He has said that He will bring me home.
And day by day I know He will renew me
until I stand with joy before the throne.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus;
all the glory evermore to Him.
When the race is complete,
still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

When the race is complete,
still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Text and Music: Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Michael Farren
Copyright © 2018 CityAlight Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Scripture Reading
Genesis 18:1–15

Sermon
Faith in the Waiting

  • As we wait for God to do what only God can do, we must do what God has called us to:
  • • Love Your Neighbors
  • • Believe God’s Promises
  • • Keep Your Eyes on Jesus


  • Hymn+
    Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

    What is our hope in life and death?
    Christ alone, Christ alone.
    What is our only confidence?
    That our souls to Him belong.
    Who holds our days within His hand?
    What comes, apart from His command?
    And what will keep us to the end?
    The love of Christ, in which we stand.

    O sing hallelujah!
    Our hope springs eternal;
    O sing hallelujah!
    Now and ever we confess
    Christ our hope in life and death.


    What truth can calm the troubled soul?
    God is good, God is good.
    Where is His grace and goodness known?
    In our great Redeemer’s blood.
    Who holds our faith when fears arise?
    Who stands above the stormy trial?
    Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
    unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

    O sing hallelujah!
    Our hope springs eternal;
    O sing hallelujah!
    Now and ever we confess
    Christ our hope in life and death.


    Unto the grave, what shall we sing?
    “Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!”
    And what reward will heaven bring?
    Everlasting life with Him.
    There we will rise to meet the Lord,
    then sin and death will be destroyed,
    and we will feast in endless joy
    when Christ is ours forevermore.

    O sing hallelujah!
    Our hope springs eternal;
    O sing hallelujah!
    Now and ever we confess
    Christ our hope in life and death.
    O sing hallelujah!
    Our hope springs eternal;
    O sing hallelujah!
    Now and ever we confess
    Christ our hope in life and death.
    Now and ever we confess
    Christ our hope in life and death.

    Text and Music: Keith Getty, Matt Boswell,
    Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa
    Copyright © 2020 Getty Music Publishing (BMI)/
    Messenger Hymns (BMI)/Jordan Kauflin Music (BMI)
    Matthew Merker Music (BMI)/Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP)
    /Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP)/adm at MusicServices.org.
    Used by permission. All rights reserved.


    Communion

    What is the Lord’s Supper?
    The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, in which, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, His death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a physical and bodily manner, but by faith, made partakers of His body and blood, with all His benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.

    What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
    It is required of those who would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves about their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, about their faith to feed upon him, about their repentance, love, and new obedience; so they do not, by coming in an unworthy manner, eat and drink judgment to themselves.

    from The Westminster Shorter Catechism


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    Doxology+
    Sheet Music

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise him, all creatures here below;
    Praise him above, ye heav’nly host:
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Text: Thomas Ken (1709)
    Music: Louis Bourgeois’ Genevan Psalter (1551)
    Trinity Hymnal No. 731 · Public Domain.



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