Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 19, 2021 Worship Bulletin

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Gathering for God’s Word

 

Prelude

 

Choral Introit

#319, “Shout to the North”

Men of faith rise up and sing
Of the great and glorious King.
You are strong when you feel weak,
In your brokenness complete.

Chorus
Shout to the north and the south
Sing to the east and the west
Jesus is Savior to all
Lord of heaven and earth

Rise up women of the truth,
Stand and sing to broken hearts
Who can know the healing power
Of our awesome King of love

Bridge
We’ve been through fire,
We’ve been through rain;
We’ve been refined by the power of His name.
We’ve fallen deeper in love with You.
You’ve burned this truth on our lips.

Rise up church with broken wings,
Fill this place with songs again
Of our God who reigns on high
By His grace again we’ll fly

Welcome & Announcements

 

Time of Silence & Ringing of the Bell

 

Call to Worship

[based on Psalm 113] 

Leader: Alleluia! Come and praise, you servants of God!

People: Praise the name of Yahweh! May God’s name be blessed both now and forever.

Leader: From east to west, from north to south,

People: Praise the name of Yahweh! May God’s name be blessed both now and forever.

Leader: Who can compare to our Lord? Seated high above the nations of the earth, God’s glory fills the skies.

People: May the Lord’s name be blessed both now and forever.

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

#630, "Fairest Lord Jesus”

Fairest Lord Jesus, 
Ruler of all nature, 
O thou of God to earth come down

Thee will I cherish, 
Thee will I honor, 
Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

 

Fair are the meadows, 
Fairer still the woodlands, 
Robed in the blooming garb of spring: 
Jesus is fairer, 
Jesus is purer 
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, 
Fairer still the moonlight, 
And all the twinkling starry host: 
Jesus shines brighter, 
Jesus shines purer 
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! 
Ruler of all the nations! 
Son of God and Son of Man! 
Glory and honor, 
Praise, adoration, 
Now and forevermore be thine.

 

Prayer of Confession

[Prayers of Silent Confession]

People: Gracious God, when our words and actions reflect a reluctance to confess you publicly as Lord of our life: Forgive us. When we fail to humble ourselves because we think that it would be seen by others as a weakness, some kind of defect in our character: Forgive us. When we betray your love for us through our lack of love for you and for others: Forgive us. Heavenly Father, fix your mind in us; remake us in your likeness; take from us all that hinders us from following you. Allow us to hear your call in our lives clearly and to respond to it with a servant heart. Loving God, empower us with the Holy Spirit  so that our lives continually glorify you  and our tongues forever confess Jesus as Lord.  This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[Based on Philippians 2: 6-8]

Leader: Hear the good news: "Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave...and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross."

People: Through his obedience we are freed from every sin that enslaves us. Thanks be to God!

Hearing God's Word

Children's Message

Ages 12 and under gather up front as congregation sings “Jesus Loves Me.” After the Children's Message, the children may return to sit with their families.

Hymn of Preparation

#735, "I Need Thee Every Hour"

I need Thee ev'ry hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.

Refrain:
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Ev'ry hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee ev'ry hour,
Stay Thou near by;
Temptations lose their pow’r
When Thou art nigh.

I need Thee ev'ry hour,
Teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises
In me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour,
Most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed,
Thou blessed Son.

Prayer of Illumination

New Testament Reading: Acts 6: 1-8

6:1   In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.  2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.  3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 

5   This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.  6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 

7   So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. 

8   Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.

Sermon

“Called by Christ... The First Deacons”

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Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith

[The Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1]

Q: What is our only comfort in life and in death?

A: That I am not my own, but belong— body and soul, in life and in death—

to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head

without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Choral Anthem

"Psalm 139"

Ballymena FPC Youth Choir

Prayers of the People

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.

 

[particular prayers]

Leader: Lord, in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayer.

 

The Lord's Prayer

All: 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 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 of Response

#710, "We Are an Offering"

We lift our voices
We lift our hands
We lift our lives up to You
We are an offering
Lord use our voices
Lord use our hands
Lord use our lives they are Yours
We are an offering

All that we have
All that we are
All that we hope to be
We give to You
We give to You

We lift our voices
We lift our hands
We lift our lives up to You
We are an offering
We are an offering

 

Benediction

Benediction Response

#2087, "We Will Glorify the King of Kings,” Sing the Faith Hymnal (vs. 3, 1)

He is Lord of Heaven, Lord of Earth

He is Lord of all who live;

He is Lord above the universe,

All praise to him we give.

We will glorify the King of kings,

We will glorify the Lamb;

We will glorify the Lord of lords,

Who is the great I AM.

Postlude