The thief comes only to steal and destroy;
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:10-11

Order of Worship:

May 28, 2023

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship 


*Hymns and Songs of Worship and Adoration 

For the Beauty of the Earth (#116)

Not All the Blood of Beasts (#242)

*Confession of Faith – The Nicene Creed (TH pg. 846)

*Old Testament Scripture – Psalm 69:9 – 16

Corporate Prayer of Confession 

Declaration of Absolution

Pastoral Prayer 

*Worship through giving back to God

Praise Waits for Thee in Zion (#372)

Sermon – Theology? or Meology?

                    John 2:13 – 22

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Music for Meditation

What Wondrous Love Is This (#261)

*Closing Song –  Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face (#378)                                                                                                   

*Doxology (TH #731)


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living 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

Corporate Prayer of Confession

We confess, our Father, that we do not live up to the family name. We are more ready to resent than to forgive, more ready to manipulate than to serve, more ready to fear than to love, more ready to keep our distance than to welcome, more ready to compete than to help. At the root of this behavior is mistrust. We do not love one another as we should, because we do not believe you love us as you do. Forgive us our cold unbelief. Make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross. Show us what it cost you to give up your Son that we might become your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus our righteousness. Amen.

Food for Thought

For Jesus, worship is a matter of the gravest importance and as the messianic King he claims lordship over it.  A significant proportion of the Bible is devoted to the regulation of worship and we are sadly misled if we imagine that the quality of what we offer in worship services, or the devotion with which we participate, are matters of peripheral importance.  If ‘Jesus is Lord’, he claims the temple as a primary sphere of his rule.  Modern-day worship which is irreverent, superficial, distraction-filled, cold, lifeless, sloppy, self-indulgent, hypocritical, ill-prepared, or theologically inappropriate will likewise receive his censure, as will worship which detracts from the honor and glory of the living God through a concern for performance and self-display on the part of those leading it.  “Judgment must begin at the house of God” (I Peter 4:17). —Bruce Milne, The Message of John:  Here is Your King!