Morning Worship Service
Sunday, September 24, 2023

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Introit - “It Is Well with My Soul”
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”

It is well (it is well) With my soul (with my soul);
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed his own blood for my soul. (Refrain)  

My sin – O the bliss of this glorious thought! – my sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more; praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!(Refrain)  

O Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, “Even so”- it is well with my soul.(Refrain)

‡The Call to Worship (From Psalm 91, 95, 96, and 126)
Leader:  Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Congregation: I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Leader: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Congregation: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Leader:  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Congregation: For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Leader and Congregation:  Worship the Lord, for he has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!

‡The Hymn No. 116 – “For the Beauty of the Earth”
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r, sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For each perfect gift of Thine to our race so freely giv’n,
Graces human and divine, flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

‡The Prayer of Invocation

The Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 --- Rob Joiner
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

‡The Hymn – “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”
What is our hope in life and death? Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence? That our souls to Him belong.
Who holds our days within His hand? What comes apart from His command?
And what will keep us to the end? The love of Christ in which we stand.

O sing hallelujah! Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah! Now and ever we confess Christ our hope in life and death.

What truth can calm the troubled soul? God is good, God is good.
Where is His grace and goodness known? In our great Redeemer's blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise? Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh unto the shore, the rock of Christ? (Chorus)

Unto the grave, what will we sing? “Christ, He lives; Christ, He lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring? Everlasting life with Him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord, then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy, When Christ is ours forevermore. (Chorus)

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The New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer                                            Romans 9:30-33; Galatians 3:10-14 --- Trey O’Brien
30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Confession of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Question #82
Leader:  Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?

Answer:  No mere man, since the fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed.

Offertory Prayer

‡The Hymn No. 246– “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”
Man of Sorrows! what a name for the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim: Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we: spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be? Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die, “It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav'n exalted high: Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing: Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Children dismissed for Little Worship at this time
(K4 – K5)

Reading of the Holy Scripture: Luke 18:18-30
18 And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 28 And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

The Sermon: “Luke Part 76: Jesus Preaches the Law”  - Rev. Josh Reagan

‡The Hymn– “All Glory Be to Christ”
Should nothing of our efforts stand, no legacy survive;
Unless the Lord does raise the house, in vain its builders strive.
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain, tell me what is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn; All glory be to Christ.

All glory be to Christ our king! All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing, all glory be to Christ!

His will be done, His kingdom come, on earth as is above,
Who is Himself our daily bread; Praise Him, the Lord of love.
Let living water satisfy the thirsty without price;
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet; All glory be to Christ. (Chorus)

When on the day the great I Am, the faithful and the true,
The Lamb who was for sinners slain, is making all things new.
Behold, our God shall live with us and be our steadfast light.
And we shall e're His people be; All glory be to Christ. (Chorus 2x)

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