WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ” J. S. Bach
*CALL TO WORSHIP -- based on Psalm 121
Leader: We gather today to open our hearts to a question,
People: Where do we look for help in troubled times?
Leader: Our help come from the One who made heaven and earth,
People: The Lord our Creator is also the One who protects us.
Leader: The Lord will keep give us strength to resist evil,
People: He will watch over us today and for ever and ever.
Blessed is the name of the Lord!
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who repent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life for the glory of your holy name…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
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. (2 Corinthians 5: 17, 18)
Rejoice then, for we are known, accepted, loved and forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 2nd Timothy 3:14-4:5
SERMON “Living Word’ Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 459 “O Word of God Incarnate”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From “A Brief Statement of Faith”
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the church. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “The Lord is My Shepherd”
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY – Hymn 606
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 838 “Standing on the Promises”
*POSTLUDE “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”
*Those who are able are invited to stand.