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Zoom Worship Service, October 24, 2021 at 8:30 AM

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October 24, 2021

"The identifying mark of the City of God is when citizens of the heavenly city become the very best citizens of the earthly one. As CS Lewis has said, history shows that the people who did the most for the present world were the ones who thought the most of the next one. To be heavenly minded, then, is to be more earthly good, not less. It is to be contagious contributors, not contemptible contrarians, to the world around us." —Scott Sauls

WELCOME: ANNOUNCMENTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Minister: The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!

People: Let the earth quake!

Minister: Exalt the Lord our God.

People: Worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!

*OPENING HYMN: #144 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus, Blue Hymnal

1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone!
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus out of every nation Hath redeemed us by His blood.

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans Are we left in sorrow now.
Alleluia! He is near us; Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him, When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore”?

3 Alleluia! Bread of angels, Thou on earth our food, our stay.
Alleluia! Here the sinful Flee to Thee from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless Sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia! King eternal, Thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary, Earth Thy footstool, heaven Thy throne.
Thou within the veil hast entered, Robed in flesh our great High Priest;
Thou on earth both priest and victim In the Eucharistic feast.

CALL TO CONFESSION

Cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hardheaded. God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing they get food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:16-18, The Message)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

OLD TESTMENT READING Genesis 22:1-18

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. 9 When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill[a] his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”;[b] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”[c]

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18 and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Romans 12:1

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Christ

SERMON: Pastor Brenda Acosta - “Our personal Worship”

CALL FOR OFFERING ** DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Philippians 2:5-11

Minister: What kind of King is Jesus, the Christ?

All: Though Jesus Christ was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hymn #554 Let All Things Now Living, Blue Hymnal

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving

To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,

Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us, His light goes before us,

A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished

As forward we travel from light into light.

By law God enforces, the stars in their courses

The sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,

The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;

With glad adoration a Song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:

“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!”

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER:

HOLY COMMUNION PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We thank you, loving God, for this supper shared in the Spirit with your Son Jesus, who makes us new and strong, and brings us life eternal. We praise you for giving all good gifts in him, and pledge ourselves to serve you, even as you have served us in Jesus Christ the Lord, Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #421 The Church of Christ in Every Age, Blue Hymnal

1 The church of Christ in every age, Beset by change but Spirit led,
Must claim and test its heritage And keep on rising from the dead.

2 Across the world, across the street, The victims of injustice cry

For shelter and for bread to eat, And never live until they die.

3 Then let the servant church arise, A caring church that longs to be
A partner in Christ's sacrifice, And clothed in Christ's humanity.

4 For Christ alone, whose blood was shed, Can cure the fever in our blood,
And teach us how to share our bread And feed the starving multitude.

5 We have no mission but to serve In full obedience to our Lord:
To care for all, without reserve, And spread his liberating word.

BENEDICTION Pastor: The Lord be with you All: And also with you.

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