WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
*CALL TO WORSHIP from Isaiah 63:15, 16; 64:1, 5
Leader: Look down, O God, from heaven and see,
from your holy and glorious habitation.
People: For you are our Father:
our Redeemer from old is your name.
Leader: O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
People: You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 612 We Praise You, O God
PRAYER OF CONFESSION – St. Augustine (AD 354-430)
Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, thou hast made us for thyself so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in thee. Mercifully forgive us of our sins. Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing thy will, no weakness from doing it. In thy light may we see light, and in thy service find perfect freedom…
Silent Prayers of Confession
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new! All this is from God to whom we have been reconciled by Christ.” Rejoice then, for we are known, accepted, loved and forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-8
SERMON “Renewed in Hope” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 697 Take My Life
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Page 35
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY “Finlandia” arr. Kristina Langlois
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY – Hymn 606
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 694 Great God of Every Blessing
*POSTLUDE “The Solid Rock” Anna Laura Page