Order of Worship

Sunday, September 27, 2020


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                                 Come To The Altar


*HYMN OF PRAISE                Heal Us Emmanuel!


*CALL TO WORSHIP                      Psalm 68:1, 3-4, 19, 24, 32-33, 35

Leader: God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!

All: But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!

Leader: Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!

All: Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.  Leader: Your procession is seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—

All: O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

Leader: Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies.

All: Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.  Blessed be God! 


*PRAISE SONGS                        Psalm 24

                                               Lord Have Mercy





All: Our gracious Father, you sent your Son to die and rise to new life in order that death might be brought to an end and that we too might live a new life. Yet foolishly, we have chosen death over life.  In our thoughts, words and deeds we have rebelled against you and your intentions for us.  In so doing, we have broken our fellowship with you whose love is better than life and whom to know is life itself.  In so doing, we have hurt others, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes deliberately, and have diminished their lives.  In so doing, we have damaged ourselves who had been created to reflect your beauty.  Father, forgive us our sin for Jesus’ sake. And grant that your resurrection power might course through our entire being so that we walk in the ways of love and justice to the glory of your holy name.




ASSURANCE OF PARDON                         1 John 1:8-9

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   


CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)




*HYMN 252          When I Survey The Wondrous Cross


THE OFFERING                                            Psalm 39:4

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”


Doxology: Hymnal, p. 731

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. 


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                           David Johnston


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                 Matthew 16:24-28   


SERMON   “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me”    John Armstrong    


*HYMN 610        Take Up Your Cross, The Savior Said





*Congregation standing if able.

For 2020, we are continuing to provide a basic Family Worship plan to help enable our families more regularly worship together during the week. In each weekly bulletin, we will provide a Daily Bible Reading plan from “M’Cheyne Daily Bible Reading Plan”, weekly questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and a hymn for you to learn together.


Week 39:


Weekly Hymn:   420 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing



Shorter Catechism–

  • Q77 What is required in the ninth commandment? /

Answer: The ninth commandment requires the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness-bearing.

  • Q78 What is forbidden in the ninth commandment? /

Answer: The ninth commandment forbids whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own, or our neighbor’s, good name.



Bible Reading:

Mon –9/21 – 1 Kings 2, Galatians 6, Ezekiel 33, Psalms 81, 82

Tue – 9/22 – 1 Kings 3, Ephesians 1, Ezekiel 34, Psalms 83, 84

Wed – 9/23 – 1 Kings 4, 5, Ephesians 2, Ezekiel 35, Psalms 85

Thurs – 9/24 – 1 Kings 6, Ephesians 3, Ezekiel 36, Psalms 86

Fri – 9/25 – 1 Kings 7, Ephesians 4, Ezekiel 37, Psalms 87, 88

Sat – 9/26 – 1 Kings 8, Ephesians 5, Ezekiel 38, Psalms 89

Sun – 9/27 – 1 Kings 9, Ephesians 6, Ezekiel 39, Psalms 90


A Look at Next Week


Sermon Text: Matthew 17:1-13


Praise Music:    He Will Hold Me Fast


Hymns: Rejoice the Lord is King

            420 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing


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


Women in the Church – All women in the church are invited to participate in an upcoming new Women’s Bible study on the book of I Peter – A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin. We will utilize Zoom video conferencing to conduct the study.  Our first study will be Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 am and will continue to meet on the following dates October 3,17,31, November 7 and 21, December 5th, January 16 and 30th.


The study book is available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/PeterLivingChristGospelCoalition/dp/143005154X/ref=sr_1_1crid=10EP6WUOWNAPW&dchild=1&keywords=i+peter+jen+wilkin&qid=1597771978&sprefix=I+Peter%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-1 )


If you have any questions, please contact Christine Stalnaker (CStalnaker786@cs.com)


Thursday Night Prayer – Our Thursday night prayer will begin meeting every other Thursday.  We will skip the 17th because of the Small Group schedule and begin meeting every other Thursday beginning September 24th.


Youth Group Meals – If you would like to provide a meal for the Youth Group beginning Sunday, September 20th, please sign up in the Narthex or send an email to: bwilson@faithreformed.org.

Choir Starting Soon – The choir will begin rehearsals again on Monday, October 5th at 7:00PM.


Communion – We are having communion next Sunday, October 4th.