WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Meditation on “Toplady” arr. Mark Thewes
*CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 90:1-2, 17
Leader: Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
People: Before the mountains were brought forth
Leader: or ever You formed the earth and the world,
People: from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Leader: Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
People: and prosper for us the work of our hands.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 275 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most merciful Father, we confess that we have sinned against you by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. You alone know how often we have grieved you by wasting your gifts, by wandering from your ways, by forgetting your love. Forgive us, we pray, and renew in us the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
To all who confess themselves to be sinners, humbling themselves before God and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, I declare this sure promise: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
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: Romans 1:16-17; 3:19-31
SERMON “Freeing Faith” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 829 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed
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.
*“catholic” (little c) is translated as “universal” and is not a reference to the Roman Catholic Church.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “Love Your Neighbor” Michael Helman
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
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 326 “For All the Saints”
POSTLUDE “Toccata in D minor” J. S. Bach
*Those that are able are invited to stand.