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SERVICE OF WORSHIP, July 21, 2024

 “Knowing Christ and Making Him Known”

Welcome and good morning!   As you prepare for worship God our Savior, meditate on our memory verse for today, Titus 2:13 (NKJ), “Look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
 
Welcome and Announcements           
Marco Massimei Announcing upcoming evangelism classes      
 
WE WORSHIP GOD OUR SAVIOR
Prelude:   Caroline Cleaveland
 
Scripture Call to Worship          Selected from Romans 5 on the theme of Grace
L:  “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (5:1-2)
ALL: “If by the one man’s offense many died, much more (has) the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.” (5:15)
L: “If by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (5:17)
ALL:  “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (5:20-21)
 
Chorus of Worship,   “Come, People of the Risen King”
Keith and Kristyn Getty
[1] Come, People of the Risen King, who delight to bring Him praise;
Come all, and tune your hearts to sing, to the Morning Star of grace;
From the shifting shadows of the earth, we will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach, to gather children in!
[Chorus:}
          Rejoice! Rejoice! Let ev’ry tongue rejoice!
          One heart! One voice! O Church of Christ, rejoice!
 
[2] Come, those whose joy is morning sun, and those weeping through the night,
Come, those who tell of battles won, and those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change, and His mercies never cease,
But follow us though all our days, with certain hope of peace. {Chorus}
 
[3] Come, young and old from ev’ry land, men and women of the faith;
Come, those with full or empty hands, find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world His people sing, shore to shore we hear them call:
The truth that cries through ev’ry age: Our God is all in all {Chorus}
 
Prayer of Confession and Invocation
Assurance of Pardon from Ephesians 1:7 (NKJ)
“In Christ we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
 Christian, What is justifying faith? (Larger Catechism 72)
Answer: Justifying faith is a saving grace,1 wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit2 and Word of God,3 whereby he, being convinced of his sin and misery, and of the disability in himself and all other creatures to recover him out of his lost condition,4 not only assents to the truth of the promise of the gospel,5 but receives and rests upon Christ and his righteousness, therein held forth, for pardon of sin,6 and for the accepting and accounting of his person righteous in the sight of God for salvation.7
[1 Heb. 10:39 2 Eph. 1:17-19 3 Rom. 10:14,17 4 Acts 2:37; Acts 16:30; John 16:8,9; Rom. 5:6; Eph. 2:1; Acts 4:12 5 Eph. 1:13 6 John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Acts 10:43 7 Phil. 3:9; Acts 15:11}
 
Hymn of Worship   # 338 “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”     
         
WE PRAY TO GOD OUR SAVIOR
Welcome of our newest member, Paula Turner, who joins on profession of faith in Christ
Sharing of Praises and Prayer Requests
Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9–13 (KJV)
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”     
 
WE LISTEN TO GOD OUR SAVIOR
Memory Verse for today, July 21, Titus 2:13 (NKJ)
“Look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
 
Memory Verse for July 28 Titus 2:14
 “Christ … gave Himself for us,
that He might redeem us from every lawless deed
and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
 
Reading from John 1:14-17. The Appearance of Grace in Christ
 “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, `He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’“
 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  (NKJ)
 
WE LEARN FROM GOD OUR SAVIOR
Song of Praise                                     #     343 “Amazing Grace”
Sharing in Tithes and Offerings                                       
Offertory Chris, Kelsey and Sophia Aeschlimann
The Children Learn about God
After the chat, children 7 and under are invited to attend the Children’s Church by leaving through the door next to the organ.
 
Learning from a Sermon on Titus 2:11-13, What Lessons should we Learn from the Appearance of God’s grace?
Text of considerations: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
 
Context: Paul is wintering at the western Greek port city of Nicopolis (3:12), so he sends this letter to Titus asking him to come and also reminding him why he sent him to the island of Crete, to train godly leaders for the churches, those who “hold fast to the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able to exhort by sound doctrine “ (Titus 1:9 NKJ)
[1] The Appearance of Saving Grace Teaches us to believe God ultimately (11)
  1. Paul refers to The ‘Epiphany,’ the Christmas appearance of our Lord
  2. Grace is mentioned in the Christmas appearances in Luke 2:40, John 1:14, 2 Tim 1:9-10, reminding that “we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved” (Acts 15:11)
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[2] The Appearance of Saving Grace Teaches us to deny the past decisively (12a)
  1. Our “pre-Christ” past was consumed with ‘ungodliness’ (Jude 15) and
          ‘worldly lusts’ (Titus 3:3)
          B] Such vices are not to be coddled but denied (Luke 9:23), so are you doing so?
         
[3] The Appearance of Saving Grace Teaches us to live in the present righteously (12b)
  1. “The now age” is not friendly to the life of grace (2 Cor 4:4; Rom 12:2; 2 Tim 4:10);
  2. Instead grace leads you to live soberly (Rom 12:3); justly (1 Thess 2:10); and godly (2 Cor 1:12), as did the Lord Jesus, so are you?
 
[4] The Appearance of Saving Grace teaches us to await the future expectantly (13)
  1. Our future expectation is a “blessed hope” (Rom 8:25)
  2. It is also an “appearance of the glory” (Matt 24:30)
  3. Most of all, it is the expectation of “our great God and Savior”
Closing Application: Have you received the “abundance of grace” through Jesus? (Rom 5:17)
 
 
 
WE SERVE GOD OUR SAVIOR
Hymn of Commitment # 344 “Grace Greater than all our sin”
Invitation to Commit and Serve
Closing Application from Proverbs 3:34,
“Surely (the Lord) scorns the scornful but gives grace to the humble”
 
Benediction from 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NKJ)
“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father,
who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”
 
Chorus of Parting                                # 426 Blest Be the Tie
“Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above.”
 
As you depart, greet others around you with the peace of Christ (Eph 6:23)

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