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Let Me Introduce Myself (worship video) – 9/12/21

Words for Worship – 9/12/21

The Bible is a story from front to back, a story that continues on in our lives today. Each fall we begin the Narrative Lectionary. It’s a set of passages chosen ahead of time that helps see how the story of God unfolds and how we might find our way into it together. All the words that we’ll be using in worship this week are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                  Come, Now Is the Time to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 104

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
   O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
   wrapped in light as with a garment.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom you have made them all;
   the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
   creeping things innumerable are there,
   living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
   and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.


These all look to you
   to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
   when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
   when you take away their breath, they die
   and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
   and you renew the face of the ground.


May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
   who touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!

*HYMN #4                                                                                 God of Wonders

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you have formed and fashioned the world. You have sculpted and sustained the earth and all that live on it. Each of us has been knit together by your hands. We confess that we take this world for granted. How we live damages the earth. We can fail to see your handiwork in those who share our humanity. Share your Spirit with us so that we might share in your appreciation and compassion for all that you’ve made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

ANTHEM                                                                  Lord Most High (see #593)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Hebrews 11:1-3, 12:1-2

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

*HYMN #26                                     He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

SCRIPTURE                                                                                  Genesis 1-:2:4a

SERMON                          It All Starts With Creation                                         

*HYMN #10                                               We Sing the Mighty Power of God

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                                                  Abide With Me

*DOXOLOGY #965

Inclusive lyrics:                              Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

                                                                  Praise God, all creatures here below

                                                                   Praise God, above ye heavenly host

                                                                           Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #491                                              Hallelujah, Salvation, & Glory

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! – 9/19/21

“It’s time to come together. It’s up to you….” Ok. Enough Cool & the Gang. But, it really is time to come together. So, to entice you to gather, we’re going to have a catered brunch following an abbreviated worship service on Sunday morning, September 19th.

It’s catered, so all you have to do is show up. Worship will be short and participatory, so you can feel good about bringing your kids. We’ll do our best to follow social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please email stxreformed@gmail.com if you plan to come so that we have an accurate number for the caterer. It’s up to you!

Clean Up Day! – 9/18/21

On Saturday, September 18, we’ll be gathering up on the hill to clean up around the church property. We’ll pick up some trash. We’ll trim some trees. And, we’ll do whatever else seems necessary to spruce up the place. If you’re available, plan to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00am. Bring tools if you have them. We’ll try to wrap up before the sun gets too hot.

It’s In the Blood (worship video) – 9/05/21

Words for Worship – 9/05/21

We gather to worship and celebrate communion this week. Jesus said, “Drink my blood.” That’s gross! But, what does it mean? We’ll meditate on it and thank God for the life we receive through it this Sunday. All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                                          Come Let Us Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
   we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

*HYMN #581                                                      Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, unless you build the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless you guard the city, the guards labor in vain. Unless we join you in your efforts, our efforts in vain. You are laboring to build your kingdom. You are guarding the vulnerable and oppressed, turning sorrow into shouts of joy. Lord, transform us with your Spirit so that we might leave our will behind and share in yours; so that we might lay our labors down and take up yours. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

ANTHEM                                                                                              Deep River

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from 1 Corinthians 15

For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
‘Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?’
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

*HYMN #375                                                                                      Your Name

SCRIPTURE                                                                                       John 6:51-58

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

SERMON                                  What’s In This?!                                                 

*HYMN #691                                                                               Amazing Grace

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

Lift up your hearts.

WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.

O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

We praise you… until we feast together in your eternal Kingdom

THROUGH CHRIST, WITH CHRIST, IN CHRIST, IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ALL GLORY AND HONOR ARE YOURS, ALMIGHTY GOD, NOW AND FOREVER.  AMEN

COMMUNION                                               There Is A Redeemer (see #833)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                 Jesus Christ Is the Way (see #471)

*DOXOLOGY #965

Inclusive lyrics:                              Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

                                                                  Praise God, all creatures here below

                                                                   Praise God, above ye heavenly host

                                                                           Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

*BENEDICTION

Jesus & Non-Believers (worship video) – 8/29/31

Words for Worship – 8/29/21

We are drawing to the close of the summer break series, “You Asked For It!” and will be exploring the question, “how does God reconcile those people who don’t believe in Jesus?” It’s one of those questions that come up every year and another one that doesn’t have easy answers. We’ll explore some options this Sunday. All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below, but you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                           Who Am I?                      

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 103

The Lord works vindication
   and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
   his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
   nor will he keep his anger forever.

He does not deal with us according to our sins,
   nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
   so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust
.
As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments.

*HYMN #571     Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you are a god of vindication, but all so patient. You are a god of justice, but also full of mercy. In your presence we find a love that is steadfast and compassion that recognizes our faults and fears. You are willing to look past what we have done so that we can become who you are. Forgive us where we fall short and strengthen us with your Spirit. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

HYMN #343        Blessed Be Your Name

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from 2 Corinthians 5

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 

that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

ANTHEM            Come As You Are                          Jesus L

SCRIPTURE                        Isaiah 65:17-25

For I am about to create new heavens
   and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
   or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
   in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
   and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
   and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
   or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
   an infant that lives but a few days,
   or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
   and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
   they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
   they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
   and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain,
   or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
   and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
   while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
   the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
   but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain,

says the Lord.

SERMON             Reconciling All Things   

*HYMN #743                    O God, You Are My God

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      Truth I’m Standing On

*DOXOLOGY #965

Inclusive lyrics:  Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

              Praise God, all creatures here below

              Praise God, above ye heavenly host

              Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #930   This Little Light of Mine

When Bad Things Happen (worship video) – 8/22/21

Words for Worship – 8/22/21

We’ll be gathering in person and under the sunshine this week. We’ll be returning to our “You Asked For it!” series with the age-old question, “why do bad things happen to good people?” Spoiler alert: who knows? But, we can at least take some time to explore the options and wonder together how to live in the midst of the confusion. All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                          Come, Now is the Time to Worship (see #526                                                                                                                        

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 136

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.
O give thanks to the God of gods,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever

It is the Lord who remembered us in our low estate,
   for his steadfast love endures forever;

and rescued us from our foes,
   for his steadfast love endures forever;
who gives food to all flesh,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.


O give thanks to the God of heaven,
   for his steadfast love endures forever.

*HYMN #302                                                                            Hear Our Praises

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you always remember us. Even in the midst of suffering and persecution, you never forget us. We confess that when bad things happen we get confused about that. Sometimes we question your goodness. Sometimes we doubt your love for us. Share your Holy Spirit with us. Remind us of your faithfulness. Help us find our way off of shaky ground and onto the firm foundation of your steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

HYMN #621                                                                    Give Me a Clean Heart

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Romans 8:14-18

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.

When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.

ANTHEM                                                                                  Come, Holy Spirit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                                                                             Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

SERMON                          When Bad Things Happen                                         

*HYMN #562                                                We Will Extol You, God and King

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                                                      Feelin’ Good                                                                

*DOXOLOGY #965

Inclusive lyrics:                              Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

                                                                  Praise God, all creatures here below

                                                                   Praise God, above ye heavenly host

                                                                           Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #930                                                This Little Light of Mine