Sunday, October 31, 2021

Order of Worship October 31Reformation Sunday





Lord God, heavenly Father, you did not spare your only Son, but gave him up for us all to be our Savior, and along with him you have graciously given us all things. We thank you for your precious, saving gospel, and we pray that you would help us to believe in the name of our Savior faithfully and steadfastly, for he alone is our righteousness and wisdom, our comfort and peace, so that we may stand on the day of his appearing; through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, our Lord. Amen. 

PRELUDE (Sunday Worship)       Pracambulum           Lubeck (1656-1740) 



CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 42)


Our souls thirst for God, for you, the living God.

We remember days filled with joyful shouts and loud songs of thanksgiving.

We’ve spent too much time away from you, adrift on the rolling waves of culture.

The deepest part of us calls out to the deepest part of you.

We will hope in God on sunny mornings and stormy nights.

We come to worship our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer.

† HYMN      “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”      Hymnal #275 



Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a flood of judgment. Set us free from a past we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. (Silent Confession)



The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

†GLORY TO GOD      Hymnal #582 

TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School) 

SCRIPTURE Genesis 7:11-24 

SERMON      “Standing on the Promises: Abiding”       Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Scots Confession Chapter One


We confess and acknowledge one only God, to whom only we must cleave, whom only we must serve, whom only we must worship, and in whom only we must put our trust: who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in substance, and yet distinct in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; by whom we confess and believe all things in heaven and in earth, as well visible as invisible, to have been created, to be retained in their being, and to be ruled and guided by his inscrutable Providence, to such end as his eternal wisdom, goodness, and justice has appointed them, to the manifestation of his own glory.


OFFERING Love One Another Thornhill/Nix Ladies Chorus 

† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606 


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; 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

† HYMN      “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”      Hymnal #833 


† BENEDICTION      “Standing on the Promises”        Hymnal #838 Verse 2 

POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship)       Dialogue        Dornel (1685-1765)

 † You are invited to stand, as you are able

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Scripture for October 31, 2021

 Genesis 7:11-24

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.[a][b] 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

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  1. Genesis 7:20 That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters
  2. Genesis 7:20 Or rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains were covered
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Friday, October 29, 2021

Daily Prayer for October 29

 The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe the good news.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 29, 2021

Loving God, through your Son you have called us to repent of our sin, to believe the good news, and to celebrate the coming of your kingdom. Like Christ‘s first apostles, may we hear his call to discipleship, and, forsaking old ways, proclaim the gospel of new life to a broken world. Great God, you are one God, and you bring together what is scattered and mend what is broken. Unite us with the scattered peoples of the earth that we may be one family of your children. Bind up all our wounds, and heal us in spirit, that we may be renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ, our Master and Savior. God of all who stand in awe of you, make us one with all your saints and with any who are in need. Teach us to befriend the weak, and welcome the outcast, that we may serve the Lord and live to offer him glory. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Order of Worship October 24


Faithful God, through rain and thunder, you are with your people. Even when we turn our backs on you, your patience and tolerance abound, and you give us a new start, time and time again. Thank you for pouring your grace over us through Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen. 

PRELUDE (Sunday Worship) O God, Our Help In Ages Past       Young 



God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

We will not fear. 

Though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 

we will not fear, for you are with us. 

Though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult; 

we will stand on the promises of our Lord and Savior. 

† HYMN “God of Grace and God of Glory” Hymnal #307 


  God, our rock and refuge, we allow many things to erode our faith in you. When life gets stormy, we let our uncertainty cloud our trust in you. We think we know better and believe we can weather the rain. Forgive our lack of hope and the disbelief that drowns us. Allow us to hold on to you, our rock, and to build up our lives on the foundation of your love. We continue to pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our stalwart and our shelter. (Silent Confession) 



The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you

†GLORY TO GOD Hymnal #582 

TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School) 

SCRIPTURE Genesis 6:5-22 

SERMON “Standing on the Promises: Obeying” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed

 I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 

OFFERING     Give It to Jesus       Barrett/Angerman 

† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606 


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; 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.

 † HYMN “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”      Hymnal #835 


† BENEDICTION “Standing on the Promises” Hymnal #838 Verse 1 

POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship)      Trumpet Call      Purcell 

† You are invited to stand, as you are able

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Scripture for October 24

 Genesis 6:5-22

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah and the Flood

This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[a] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[b] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[c] high all around.[d] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

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  1. Genesis 6:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Genesis 6:15 That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high
  3. Genesis 6:16 That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
  4. Genesis 6:16 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
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Friday, October 22, 2021

Daily Prayer October 22

The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the captives.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 22, 2021

Almighty God, you sent Jesus to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with your Spirit, that we too may bring good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive. As you have made this day, O God, you also make the night. Give light for our comfort. Come upon us with quietness and still our souls, that we may listen for the whisper of your Spirit and be attentive to your nearness in our dreams. Empower us to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise, and show Christ to the world, for he reigns forever and ever. Holy God, from whom every family on earth takes its name: Strengthen parents to be responsible and loving that their children may know security and joy. Lead children to honor parents by compassion and forgiveness. May all people discover your parental care by the respect and love given them by others. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Sunday October 17

 We had Youth leading a very musical worship service demonstrating all of the talent in our youth while celebrating God. If the video didn't appear above, click here.  To follow along with a "bulletin", click here

This was followed by our Fall Festival open to the community.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Order of Worship Youth Sunday October 17


 CENTERING PRAYER “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another inall wisdom, and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God” (Colossians 3:16). 

PRELUDE To God Be The Glory arr. Huyes 



Come, let us sing joyfully to God; 

Raise a shout to our rock, our deliverance! 

Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving 

And sing our praises with joy

Let us make a joyful noise! 

Let us make a joyful noise to our Lord and Maker! 



† HYMN “O Sing to the Lord” Hymnal #637 


Have mercy on me, O God, for I am a sinner. You know my wrongdoing. You know my weaknesses. You know my faults and failures. You know my mistakes. You know me, God, and yet you love me still. Remove my sin from me, I am guilty. Create in me a clean heart, ready to love you and love my neighbor. Make my slate clean. Forgive me and love me; restore to me joy that you have saved me. 


† PASSING OF THE PEACE The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

†GLORY TO GOD Hymnal #582 


TIME WITH CHILDREN (All children are welcome to stay in church for the youth led worship. However, students in PreK – 2 nd grade may choose to leave for Sunday School at this time.) 

SCRIPTURE Second Chronicles 5:11–14, Psalm 117 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD Psalm 148, Psalm 47, Psalm 100, Psalm 121, Psalm 150



The Lord is our shepherd, we have everything we need from our God. God gives us rest in the green meadows and beside the cool waters; you, O God, restore our souls. We are led down right paths that bring honor to your name. Even when we walk through dark and difficult valleys we will not fear; for our God is with us, protecting, comforting, guarding and guiding every step we take. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies; you lavish us with blessings to the point of overflowing. We know with confidence that your goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives, and our eternity shall be in the house of the Lord forever and ever. Amen 


Abba God in heaven, holy is your name! May your reign come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven: give us today the bread of tomorrow. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Don’t put us to the test, but free us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 OFFERING Simple Gifts arr Faber Audrey Casey, Marsha Medley 

† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606 

† HYMN “As the Deer” Hymnal #626 

† CHARGE AND BENEDICTION Closing Drum Circle “You Shall Go Out With Joy” Hymnal #80 

POSTLUDE Fantasia on “Forest Green” arr. Smith

 † You are invited to stand, as you are able.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Scripture for October 17

11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;
    his love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

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