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:

January 29, 2023

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship 

Invocation

*Hymns and Songs of Worship and Adoration 

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (TH #38)

O Father, You Are Sovereign (TH #75)

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

*New Testament Scripture – Luke 7:11 – 17 (pg. 863)

Corporate Prayer of Confession 

Declaration of Absolution

Pastoral Prayer 

*Worship through giving back to God

Christ Is Coming! (TH #324)

Sermon – Good Times, Bad Times, God’s Time

2 Kings 4:8 – 27 (pg. 309)

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Music for Meditation

A Wonderful Savior Is Jesus My Lord (TH #175)

*Closing Song –  Thou Hidden Source of Calm Response (TH #510)

*Doxology (TH #731)

*Benediction

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

Corporate Prayer of Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wandering, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wide and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love, and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Food for Thought

“The hour is coming when all difficulties shall be explained, when the mysterious plan of Divine Providence shall be unfolded, vindicated, and completed; then it shall appear, that the Lord Jesus Christ is the head and restorer of the creation; and how fully, in every sense, he has repaired the ruin brought into the world by sin, and destroyed the works of the devil. In the mean time the sons of God groan, waiting…; and the creation groans with them.“

John Newton, Letters, On Romans 8:19-21