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“I Am Set Free”
You broke my chains of sin and shame, and You covered me with grace.
You mend my life with Your holy fire. You cover me with grace.
And You are the hand that reaches out to save.

(And) I am set free, oh. I am set free, oh.
It is for freedom that I am set free.

(And) yes, Lord, we are grateful for Your grace and for Your love.
'Cause You are the hand that reaches out to save

CCLI Song # 5880784 | Leslie Jordan |CCLI License # 2640266

 ‡The Call to Worship — (Revelation 19:6-7)
"Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah!  For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory."

 ‡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)

CCLI Song # 7008232 | © 2012 We Are Younger We Are Faster Music (Admin. by Music Services, | CCLI License # 2640266

 ‡The Prayer of Invocation

The Old Testament Reading
Psalm 136:1-16, 23-26…………....……..…....…….………….…..Brian Finnegan
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; 9 the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever; 10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever; 11 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever; 12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever; 13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever; 14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever; 15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever; 16 to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever; 23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever; 24 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever; 25 he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

‡The Hymn – “God of My Life to Thee I Call”
God of my life, to Thee I call, afflicted at Thy feet I fall.
When the great water floods prevail, leave not my trembling heart to fail.

Poor though I am, despised, forgot, yet God, my God, forgets me not.
And He is safe and must succeed for whom the Lord is sure to plead.

Friend of the friendless and the saint, where should I lodge my deep complaint?
Where but with Thee whose open door invites the helpless and the poor? (Chorus)

That were a grief I could not bear, didst Thou not hear and answer prayer.
But a prayer hearing, answering God supports me under every load. (Chorus)

Benj Pocta | Brian T. Murphy | Clint Wells | William Cowper | Music: 2007 Clint Wells Music | CCLI License # 5397370

The New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer
2 Corinthians 1:3-10; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10….............................……John Downs
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 
2 Corinthians 6:3-10 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

Confession of Sin
Merciful Father, we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.  We have followed too much the schemes and desires of our own hearts, and have broken your holy laws.  We have left undone what we ought to have done, and we have done what we ought not to have done.  We thank you that you never allow us comfort when we are not walking with you.  When we refuse to confess our sins you give us an inward ache.  Help us to see the misery of unconfessed sin as a grace; it is a sign of being your child.  Lord, lead us to repentance and may we receive your mercy and forgiveness in Christ.  

Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

‡The Hymn No. 698 - “Be Still, My Soul”
Be still, my soul: The Lord is on your side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to our God to order and provide; in ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heav’nly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake to guide the future as he has the past. Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake: all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart, and all is darkened in the vale of tears, then shall you better know his love, his heart, who comes to soothe your sorrow and your fears. Be still, my soul: your Jesus can repay from his own fullness all he takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on when we shall be forever with the Lord, when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

‡Offertory Prayer

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

Reading of the Holy Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 10:14
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

The Sermon – “Housekeeping: Run Christian, Run! ”………Rev. Richard Owens

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

‡The Hymn No. 307 – “Nothing but the Blood”
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my cleansing this I see- nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my pardon this my plea- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Refrain)

Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Refrain)

This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Refrain)

Now by this I’ll overcome- nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Refrain)

‡Congregation standing