WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation” arr. A. L. Page
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 148
Leader: Praise the Lord! Sing to God a new song.
People: May God’s praise be heard
in the assembly of the faithful.
Leader: Let the faithful exult in glory, let them sing for joy!
People: Let us praise God’s name with dancing,
making melody to God with tambourine and lyre.
Praise the Lord!
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 305 “Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
we confess the blindness that is not even aware of sinning;
the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong;
the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will;
the righteousness that knows no fault;
the callousness that has ceased to care;
the defiance that does not regret its own sins;
the evasion that always tries to make excuses;
the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent.
God, we are sinners; be merciful to us…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God makes all things new. (Rev. 21:5) Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away; everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Friends, believe the gospel: in Jesus Christ we are loved, we are blessed, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Acts 11:1-18
SERMON “The Reach of Love” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 288 “Spirit of the Living God”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Page 35
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “A Prayer for Our Time” J. Martin
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below: alleluia, alleluia!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*PRAYER FOR THE NATION – Hymn 337, Stanza 4
Our fathers’ God, to thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing; Long may our land be bright With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by thy might, Great God, our King.
*HYMN 331 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”
*POSTLUDE “Fanfare” Nicholas J. Lemmens
*Those who are able are invited to stand.