Order of Worship

Sunday, October 25, 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)




*HYMN OF PRAISE                Glory Be To God The Father


*CALL TO WORSHIP                      Psalm 92:1-5, 8, 15

Leader: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name O Most High; 

All: to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

Leader: For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 

All: How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! 

Leader:…You, O Lord, are on high forever.

All:…the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


*PRAISE SONGS                    Our Redeemer

                                           The Power of the Cross                                                 






All:  My heavenly Father, I come to You in need of Your cleansing grace.  Forgive me for all of my sins that I have committed against You. You alone are holy and righteous and good, and yet I continue to sin against You in my words, thoughts, and actions. I have not surrendered to You as I ought, nor loved You with all of my heart.  Take these and all the other sins that reside in the secret recesses of my heart and make me pure by the shed blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  Come, Spirit of God, and have Your way with me. I yield myself afresh to You and ask that You remove anything in my life that prevents me from absolute obedience and responsiveness to You and Your Word.  Take my life and let it be consecrated to You that I may honor you by the way I live.  Give me the grace to implicitly trust You in all things and help me conquer the fear of putting all matters into Your hands.  Lead me gently and firmly, all the while assuring me of Your presence. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 




ASSURANCE OF PARDON                         Psalm 103:12

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”


CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)


*HYMN 457          Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing                           


THE OFFERING                                            Psalm 139:1-3

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.”


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 THE PEOPLE                                  Rich Rochford


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                           Matthew 17:22-27   


SERMON                 “Life and Taxes”                    John Armstrong


*HYMN 251                 Beneath The Cross of Jesus





*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 43:


Weekly Hymn:   472 Come Ye Sinner Poor and Wretched



Shorter Catechism–

  • Q85 What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse, due to us for sin? /

Answer: To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption.


  • Q86 What is faith in Jesus Christ? /

Answer: Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.


Bible Reading:

Mon –10/26 – 2 Kings 9, 1 Timothy 6, Hosea 1, Psalms 119: 73-96

Tue – 10/27 – 2 Kings 10, 2 Timothy 1, Hosea 2, Psalms 119: 97-120

Wed – 10/28 – 2 Kings 11, 12, 2 Timothy 2, Hosea 3, 4, Psalms 11: 121-144

Thurs – 10/29 – 2 Kings 13, 2 Timothy 3, Hosea 5, 6, Psalms 119: 145-176

Fri – 10/30 – 2 Kings 14, 2 Timothy 4, Hosea 7, Psalms 120, 121, 122

Sat – 10/31 – 2 Kings 15, Titus 1, Hosea 8, Psalms 123, 124, 125

Sun – 11/1 – 2 Kings 16, Titus 2, Hosea 9, Psalms 126, 127, 128


A Look at Next Week


Sermon Text: Matthew 18:1-14


Praise Music:    Glory Be To the Father

                        O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus


Hymns: 444 O Zion Haste, Your Mission High Fulfilling

            472 Come Ye Sinners Poor and Wretched


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 next study will be Saturday, October 31st at 9:00 am and will continue to meet on the following dates 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)


Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride – Today from 2:00-6:00PM we will ride from Big Pool, MD on the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Hancock (10.5 miles one way).  We’ll rest in Hancock where you can get ice cream or a snack and then we’ll ride back to Big Pool for the trip home.  Please arrange to transport your own bike and bring money for ice cream. The Fall colors should be beautiful.  If you plan to ride or have questions, please contact Rich Rochford or John Armstrong.  If you would like to ride one way only, we can try to work out some transportation from Hancock back to Big Pool.