THE LORD’S DAY
BIBLE SENTENCE & PRAYER: Rev. Dr. R. Geoffrey Brown
PRELUDE: “Jesus Paid it All,” arr. Larson
Musician today: Barbara Jayne, piano
PLEASE NOTE: This music provides an opportunity for us to meditate, prepare our hearts, and reverently worship God the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit.
CALL TO WORSHIP: Elder Craig Ditman
“You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him, and stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!” (Psalm 22:23)
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”
“For God, Who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 4:6)
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “And this is eternal life, that they know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent. I glorified You
on earth, having accomplished the work that You gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your Own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.” (John 17:3-5)
Our Savior and King Jesus Christ also said, “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those Whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. (John 17:9-10)
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me,” says the Lord. (Psalm 50:23a)
HYMN OF PRAISE: “Be Thou My Vision”
1 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
2 Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
3 Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
4 High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
INVOCATION: In Unison
O LORD God of hosts, fulfill the longings of our souls for Your glory and strengthen our hearts in which the highways to Zion bring us home to dwell in Your house, for a day in Your courts are better than a thousand elsewhere. For You alone turn our wilderness into a place of springs to quench our parched souls. Look on the face of Your anointed that we might enter now into Your courts, and be received in the house of our God. Renew us in the beauty of holiness that we may be radiant in Your presence. For to You belong all glory, laud and honor, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons and one God, world without end. Amen.
HYMN OF WORSHIP: “I Am Thine, O Lord”
1. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine. [Refrain]
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend! [Refrain]
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee. [Refrain]
CONFESSING OUR SIN TOGETHER: In Unison
Father in heaven, we thank You for the freedom You have given us through the life, death and resurrection of Your Son. But we confess today that we often choose to live like slaves. Instead of basking in Your delight, we avoid You in shame and guilt. Instead of receiving Your favor as a gift, we try to earn it with our efforts. Instead of accepting Your freedom, we prefer our chains. Instead of pursuing Your vision for life, we cling to our shortsighted agendas. Forgive us, we pray, and grant us grace to live in the power of His resurrection life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Please use the next few moments for quiet reflection and confession of sins to God.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
“With everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. “I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake.”
THE READING OF GOD’S WORD: Pastor Geoffrey Brown
Psalm 1, Psalm 42; Philippians 3:12-21
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD FOR RPC MINISTRY & MISSION:
OFFERTORY: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea,” arr. Hayes
DOXOLOGY: On Screen
HYMN OF ADORATION: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
2 Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]
3 When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]
THE WORD SPEAKS TO OUR LIVES: Pastor Geoffrey Brown
Sept 6 Sermon Recording will be inserted here after church service
“Our God-Glorifying Godly Affections in Christ’s Church”
Part 10 “Our God-Glorying Quest: Haulin’ Toward Our Upward Callin’”
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER: Pastor Geoffrey Brown
You will be directed when to take the Elements.
Taking of the Bread: Piano Mediation
Drinking the Cup in unison
CLOSING HYMN: “Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated”
1 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.
2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.
3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.
4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.
5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.
6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.