Week 21, 2021

Order of Worship

Sunday, May 23, 2021


We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors this morning! Visitors, please complete the Welcome card in the pew rack and put it in the offering plate, so we may know how best to minister to/with you. Let’s prepare our hearts with silent Bible reading, meditation, and prayer before the service begins.


PRAISE (We Acknowledge God’s Majesty)


PRELUDE                                                      Children’s Choir


*HYMN  OF PRAISE                        Let the Nations be Glad


*Call To Worship                           Isaiah 30:15, 18

Leader: For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

All: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Leader: Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.

All: For the Lord is god of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Leader: The Lord be with you!

All: And also with you!

Leader: Let us worship God!


*PRAISE SONGS             The Grace of My God

                                                  It Is Finished





Leader: Almighty and Merciful Father, you have called us to be your people and have made us one body.  Yet we have not lived like we are one body.

All:  We have not loved one another as we ought.  Selfish ambition has gripped us, and we have failed to look out for others’ interests above our own.  Conceit has gripped us, and we have failed to associate with and care for those that are different from ourselves.  We have not treated one another as those in whom Christ dwells.  Forgive us for our offenses against you, and go on to subdue everything in us that is contrary to your purposes.  By the power of your Spirit make us a community that shows forth your acceptance, kindness and love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.




ASSURANCE OF PARDON                        Isaiah 44:22

“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” 


CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)


HYMN 529               Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                              


THE OFFERING                                                      Psalm 50:23

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” 



* Doxology: Hymnal, p. 732

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.




PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                              Jeff Taylor


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                             Amos 8:11-12


SERMON                                  “The Famine”                  John Armstrong


*HYMN 562                    All to Jesus I Surrender






*Congregation standing if able

For 2021, we are continuing to provide a basic Family Worship plan to help enable our families to more regularly worship together during the week. In each weekly bulletin, we will provide a Daily Bible Reading plan from “A Daughter of the Reformation”, weekly questions from the Heidelberg Catechism, and a hymn for you to learn together.


Week 21:


Weekly Hymn:   629 What A Friend We Have in Jesus



Heidelberg Catechism–


  • Q35 What do you confess when you say: He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary? /

Answer: The eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and eternal God, took upon himself true human nature from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, through the working of the Holy Spirit. Thus he is also the true seed of David, and like his brothers in every respect, yet without sin.

  • Q36 What benefit do you receive from the holy conception and birth of Christ? /

Answer: He is our Mediator, and with his innocence and perfect holiness covers, in the sight of God, my sin, in which I was conceived and born.


Bible Reading:

Mon – 5/24 – Judges 17-21

Tue – 5/25 – 1 Corinthians 1-3

Wed – 5/26 – 1 Corinthians 4-6

Thurs – 5/27 – 1 Corinthians 7-9

Fri – 5/28 – 1 Corinthians 10-12

Sat – 5/29 – Psalms 64-66

Sun – 5/30 – Proverbs 22


A Look at Next Week


Sermon Text:      James 2:14-26


Praise Music:      Eternal Weight of Glory

                                Our Redeemer


Hymns:                508 Jesus, Lover of My Soul

629 What A Friend We Have in Jesus


Hearing assistance and large print pew Bibles are available during the worship service.  Please contact an usher for assistance.


Men’s Prayer Group – This is an ongoing small group of men that meet on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM at the home of Richard Phillips. New members are always welcome, as are “drop-ins!” Men, come join us as we seek to be obedient to Paul’s three-fold exhortation to the church at Rome: “Be joyful in hope; patient in affliction; faithful in prayer”(Rom. 12:12).


Ministry to Whittier elementary school – Whittier Elementary school is seeking out support with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the love and grace of Christ.  The school needs various clothing items.  The women’s ministry team is requesting gift cards (of any amount) to stores such as Walmart, Target or Boscov’s.  We will purchase the clothing items and take them to the school.   A small box marked “Whittier Elementary” for the gift cards will be located on the foyer welcome desk.  Donations need to be received no later Sunday, May 30th.  Please see Christine Stalnaker with any questions (or email CStalnaker7862@gmail.com ) 


Church Retreat – Is coming soon, please make your payments to the church through the deacons.  Checks should be marked in the memo with “Retreat”.   Please contact john@faithreformed.org if you plan to attend or have any questions.   


Inquirer’s Class – If you are interested in becoming a member of Faith Church or if you would like to learn more about us, please mark your calendar and join us for our Inquirer’s Class that will be held on Saturday, June 19th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Lunch will be provided.


Mark Your Calendar for VBS! – Vacation Bible School will be held the week of July 26-30.  We’re looking for volunteers to help.  If you are interested, please contact Gwen Grant.


Help[H]er Advocacy Training Small Group – The purpose of this group is to develop skills necessary to assist women in crisis.  Personal spiritual growth is an essential component of this study.
Schedule: Beginning in September (day/time/location tbd), the group 
will meet monthly.  Each month, participants will be required to read 
a book and complete the study guide for that section.
If you are interested, please contact Mary Hudzinski for the book list.