THIRD SABBATH AFTER EPIPHANY
Assemble in God’s Name
Welcome and Concerns of the Church
s Passing the Peace
s Hymnbook: “Praise the Lord: Ye Heavens, Adore Him” #3
Lighting the Candles
Call to Worship (based on Psalm 103:20-22)
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also.
Leader: Bless the LORD, O you, his people, who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.
People: Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Prayer of Confession (In Unison)
Most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things, which we ought to have done; And we have done those things, which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Leader: Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. (Rom 8:34)
People: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)
s Bible Songs: “Motives to Gratitude” #220
s Gloria Patri #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
First Scripture Lesson: Psalm 103:1-5
Second Scripture Lesson: I Kings 11:5-8
Sermon: "Worshipping Chemosh and Molech”
Go in God’s Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Bible Songs: “Away In a Manger” #157
s Extinguishing the Candles
s Charge and Blessing
s: all who are able, please stand.
Many denominations celebrate January 22 as Sanctity of Life Sabbath. On this Sabbath, and every Sabbath, we celebrate and worship the giver of all life. Thanks be to God. Welcome to this gathering of God’s people.
Wednesday Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
We believe that the Scriptures testify to the infinite worth of human life by virtue of people having been created in the image and likeness of God, and that decisions about life and death are God's prerogatives and not man's, and that even in the case of rare exceptions such as judgments by medical personnel about highly technical medical problems, human judgment should always stand in submission to the divine judgment.
We also believe the Scriptures point to a unique relationship between God the Creator and the unborn child. Therefore, regarding the divine mysteries of the conception and development of human life, we dare make no other inference than the conclusion that it is not for people basically to be the determiners of life and death, even for the unborn child. Therefore, in all instances, one should seek to preserve the life of the unborn child.
(Minutes of the ARP General Synod, 1981, p. 402 & 403)
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