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Morning Worship Service
Sunday, June 9, 2024

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‡The Call to Worship — (From Psalm 98)
Leader—O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
People—The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.

Leader—He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
People—Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Leader and People—Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

‡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.

(Chorus)
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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‡Prayer of Invocation

Old Testament Reading
Psalm 19 --- Lewis Buford
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.  Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.  The law of the Lord is perfect,  reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is  pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.  10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors?  Declare me innocent from hidden faults.  13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.  14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

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.  *Universal, world-wide.

‡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.

(Chorus)
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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New Testament Reading, Congregational and Offertory Prayer
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 --- Mischa McCray
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once   regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

‡Hymn No. 254 – “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed”
Alas! And did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I!

Was it for crimes that I had done he groaned upon that tree!
Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide, and shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died for man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face while his dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes in tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away, ‘tis all that I can do.

Children’s Moment

47. Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace?
His elect people.

48. How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace?
Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due fortheir sins.

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

Reading of the Holy Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.  Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.  What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?  A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.  The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hasten to the place where it rises.  The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.  All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.  All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.  What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.  10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”?  It has been already in the ages before us.  11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.

Sermon: “Let’s Get Metaphysical” - Rev. Richard Owens

‡Hymn – “All Things New Again”
For behold, he will create a new heavens and new earth
He will drive away our sorrow and our pain
And this momentary grief, though heavy as it seems
Will be crushed by glory’s great eternal weight

(Chorus)
He will make all things new again; He will keep all his promises
He will love all who come to him; He will make all things new again

For behold, the sun will rise over wastelands dead and dry
In its place shall spring a river full of life
Every wrong will be undone, every thirsty soul shall come
And drink from living water without price (Chorus)

For behold, the holy mountain where the wolf and lamb shall graze
Where we lay our heads and finally find our home
Where the songs we sang in shadows will be sung to God’s own face
Where his smile will be the thing we treasure most (Chorus)

©2021 Joe Deegan. Words and Music by Joe Deegan

Benediction
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