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Morning Worship


July 14, 2024

Psalm 122:1
“I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”


Prelude – As the instruments play, let us prepare ourselves for worship as we enter into the presence of the Lord.  Take time to read the “Puritan Prayer” on the back of the bulletin in preparation for worship, and the Silent Prayer here in the order of worship.

Silent Prayer — 
    Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: 
       Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
       increase in us true religion,
       nourish us with all goodness, and
        keep us in your great mercy;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen


Call to Worship – Psalm 109:1-2
    Pastor:  Help us, O Lord our God! 
    Congregation:  Oh, save us according to Your mercy, 
    Pastor:  That we may know that this is Your hand—
    Congregation:  That You, Lord, have done it!

Trinity Psalter – Psalm 109:21-31



The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day, he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father, the Almighty.
From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy, universal church, the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Prayer for Unity


66 – God is Known Among His People

Heidelberg Catechism Reading Questions 75-77
75 Q.   How does the Lord’s Supper remind you and assure you
            that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all His gifts?

    A.  In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers
          to eat this broken bread and drink this cup. 
          With this command He gave this promise:
          First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me
          and the cup given to me, so surely His body was offered and broken for me
          and His blood poured out for me on the cross.

          Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the one who serves,
          and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord,
          given me as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood,
          so surely He nourishes and refreshes my soul for eternal life
          with His crucified body and poured-out blood.

76 Q.  What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ   
            and to drink His poured-out blood?

    A.  It means, to accept with a believing heart the entire suffering and death
          of Christ and by believing to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

77 Q.  Where does Christ promise to nourish and refresh believers with His body and blood 
           as surely as they eat this broken bread and drink this cup?

     A.  In the institution of the Lord’s Supper:
         “The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread,
           and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
          `This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’
          In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying,
          `This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this,
            whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’
          For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
          you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

          This promise is repeated by Paul in these words:
        “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks
          a participation in the blood of Christ?
         And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
         Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,
         for we all partake of the one loaf.”

Hymn #533 – I Am Thine O Lord


Pastoral Prayer


Psalter Reading–Psalm 39
To the Chief Musician.  To Jeduthun.
A Psalm of David.

I said, “I will guard my ways,
         Lest I sin with my tongue;
         I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
         While the wicked are before me.”

I was mute with silence,
         I held my peace even from good;
         And my sorrow was stirred up.

My heart was hot within me;
         While I was musing, the fire burned.
         Then I spoke with my tongue:
“LORD, make me to know my end,
         And what is the measure of my days,
         That I may know how frail I am.

Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
         And my age is as nothing before You;
         Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. 

Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
         Surely they busy themselves in vain;
         He heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them.

 “And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
         My hope is in You.
Deliver me from all my transgressions;
         Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.

I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
         Because it was You who did it.
Remove Your plague from me;
         I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
         You make his beauty melt away like a moth;
         Surely every man is vapor.     

“Hear my prayer, O LORD,
         And give ear to my cry; do not be silent at my tears;
         For I am a stranger with You, a sojourner,
                  as all my fathers were.
Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength,
         Before I go away and am no more.”




Hymn 347 – The Church’s One Foundation

Benediction followed by Silent Prayer