Order of Worship (October 30, 2011)

Preparation for Worship: Prelude and Silent Prayer
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Welcome and Announcements
†Call to Worship                                                       Revelation 4:2-8
†Opening Prayer
†Responsive Reading and Salutation
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.      Revelation 1:4-5
Amen!
Open to me the gates of righteousness,                      Psalm 118:19-24
That I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
†“Holy, Holy, Holy!”                                           Psalter Hymnal #318

Call to Confession                                                  Matthew 22:35-40
Prayer of Confession
Our Father, we are sinful and you are holy. Your word has shown us how often we have offended you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. There is nothing in us that gives us reason for hope. Our hearts are filled with the love of the world; our minds are dark and are assailed by doubts; our wills are too often given to selfishness and our bodies to laziness and unrighteousness. By sinning against our neighbors, we have also sinned against you, in whose image they were created. Our Father, although you are a holy God who cannot look upon sin, look upon Christ our Savior and forgive us for the sake of his blood and righteousness. We ask also that you would give us an increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, so that we may walk in your ways, for your glory and the good of our neighbor; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon                                                     Psalm 130:3-8
†Psalm 107                                                          Psalter Hymnal #217

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Pastoral Prayer
†Psalm 87                                                            Psalter Hymnal #166

Old Testament Reading                                                        Psalm 87
New Testament Reading                                        Matthew 10:26-42
Prayer for Illumination
Sermon

Matthew 10:26-42
Following Jesus
i. The Call to Follow Jesus
ii. The Cost of Following Jesus
iii. The Comfort of Following Jesus

†“For All the Saints”                                           Psalter Hymnal #442
Offering                                                                         General Fund
†Benediction                                                            Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Amen!

Doxology (unannounced)                                         Psalter Hymnal #493
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.
Postlude

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