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February 23, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time                      __         February 23, 2014


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 119    (Read responsively)

Teach us, O Lord, the way of Your statutes;

and we will keep it to the end.

Give us understanding,

that we may keep Your law and observe it with our whole hearts.

Lead us in the path of Your commandments,

for I delight in it.

Incline our hearts to Your testimonies,

and not to selfish gain!

Turn our eyes from looking at worthless things;

and give us life in Your ways.

Confirm to Your servants Your promise,

 that You may be feared.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s 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.

* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration       All Creatures of Our God and King”        vv. 1-3 Red Book # 63


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

God Who sees all and knows all, we could not hide from You if we tried. You know us and our sin. We go our own way. We do not bear the fruit You desire. We are stub­born when we should repent and turn to You. We are turn­ing to You now, our Father, confessing our sin, because we love You and desire to be in holy fellowship with You. Hear us. O God! Help us as we repent of our sins and turn to You for restoration. Hear us, we pray, for the sake of Christ the Lord.     (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon

   Leader  . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

   All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

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!


* Prayer of Dedication     


* Hymn of Preparation     All Creatures of Our God and King”       vv. 4-5 Red Book # 63


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON       Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18                  pew Bible pg. 97

*GOSPEL LESSON                        Matthew 5:38-48                   pew Bible pg. 810


MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 2:42-47                       pew Bible pg. 911


MESSAGE      “The Power of Holiness and Fellowship”        Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing              “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”           Red Book # 426


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                       Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


LITURGISTS NEEDED – Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


CULTIVATING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW – The 2014 Texas Hill Country Bible Conference will be held Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 in Boerne. The conference theme is Cultivating a Christian Worldview. In an increasingly secularized society, Christians often find their ideas under attack. How can we maintain a Christ-centered perspective on the contested issues of our day? The answer is by having a consistently Christian worldview that shapes our thoughts, guides our words, and motivates our actions. This conference will help build a foundation for Christian worldview thinking. The Texas Hill Country Bible Conference is sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Additional information can be obtained at or by calling 800 488-1888.


Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by Doris Kensinger

in loving memory of her husband, Clyde Kensinger


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Tuesday:   Bernadell Larson


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Jim Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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