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:

October 2, 2022 Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship 

Invocation

*Hymns and Songs of Worship and Adoration 

Worship Christ, the Risen King (TH #286)

God, My King, Thy Might Confessing (TH #5)

*Confession of Faith – Apostles’ Creed (TH pg. 845)

*Old Testament Scripture – Psalm 119:169–176 (pg. 516)

Corporate Prayer of Confession 

Declaration of Absolution

Pastoral Prayer 

*Worship through giving back to God

Not What My Hands Have Done (TH #461)

Sermon – God’s Sovereign Choice (Part 4)

Romans 9:6 – 24 (pg. 945)

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Music for Meditation

Amazing Grace (TH #460)

*Closing Song –  Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord (TH #465)

*Gloria Patri (TH #735)

*Benediction

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 by 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 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

Father in heaven, we thank you for the freedom you have

given us through the life, death, and resurrection of your

Son. We confess today that we often live as slaves.

Instead of living as if you delight in us, we avoid you in

shame and guilt. Instead of receiving your favor as a gift,

we try to earn it with our efforts. Instead of accepting your

freedom, we prefer our chains. Instead of pursuing your

purposes, we cling to our short-sighted agendas. Forgive

us. Embrace us. Cleanse us. Heal us. We ask this in

Jesus’ name. Amen.

Food for Thought

John Newton used to tell a whimsical story, and laugh at it, too, of a good woman who said, in order to prove the doctrine of election, “Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards.” I am sure it is true in my case; I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that great Biblical doctrine.  

– Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Sermons on Sovereignty