May 4, 2014 Third Sunday of Easter

May 4, 2014 Third Sunday of Easter

May 4, 2014 Third Sunday of Easter

Welcome to the worship service of Faith Presbyterian Church. Whether this is your first Sunday with us, or you’re a long time member, we’re so glad to share this time with you. If you’d like to find out more about who we are and why we’re here, please consider visiting the information table at the back of the sanctuary and fill out a guest information card. We would love to get to know you and find out how we might be able to serve you.

In light of our preaching series, Deep Church, we invite you to meditate on these words of a great American Theologian named John H. Yoder:

If there has not come into being a ‘new humanity,’ made up of two kinds of people, some of whom had good strong parents and some who did not, of whom some were born under the law and some were not, and of whom some have the heritage of moral rigidity and some do not, if the marriage of Jews and Gentiles is not happening in every generation, then the work of Christ as described in Ephesians is not happening.

Song of Ascent

All Creatures Of Our God And King

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us singAlleluia alleluia

Thou burning sun with golden beamThou silver moon with softer gleam

O praise Him O praise HimAlleluia alleluia alleluia

Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in heaven alongO praise Him alleluia

Thou rising morn in praise rejoiceYe lights of evening find a voice

O praise Him O praise HimAlleluia alleluia alleluia

And all ye men of tender heart

Forgiving others take your partO sing ye alleluia

Ye who long pain and sorrow bearPraise God and on Him cast your care

O praise Him O praise HimAlleluia alleluia alleluia

Let all things their Creator bless

And worship Him in humblenessO praise Him alleluia

Praise praise the Father praise the SonAnd praise the Spirit Three in One

O praise Him O praise HimAlleluia alleluia alleluia

St. Francis of Assisi | William Henry Draper

© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain CCLI License # 1999365

God Calls His Church to Worship

Isaiah 55:1

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

Prayer of Approach

Worship in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Isaiah 56:3-8

Leader: Let no foreigner who is bound to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.” And let no eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.”

Church: For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant – to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters;

Leader:I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever. And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant -

Church: these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

Together: The Sovereign LORD declares – he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”

Leader: The Word of the Lord!

Church: Thanks Be to God!

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, And cast a wishful eye

To Canaan’s fair and happy land, Where my possessions lie.

All o’er those wide extended plains, Shines one eternal day;

There God the Son forever reigns, And scatters night away.

I am bound (I am bound) I am bound (I am bound) I am bound for promised land,

I am bound (I am bound) I am bound (I am bound) I am bound for promised land.

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath Can reach that healthful shore;

Sickness, sorrow, pain and death, Are felt and feared no more.

When shall I reach that happy place, And be forever blessed?

When shall I see my Father’s face, And in His bosom rest?

Repeat Chorus

Samuel Stennett, Christopher Miner ©1997 Christopher Miner Music.

Be Unto Your Name

We are a moment You are forever

Lord of the ages God before time

We are a vapor You are eternal

Love everlasting reigning on high

Holy holy Lord God Almighty

Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain

Highest praises honor and glory

Be unto Your name

Be unto Your name

We are the broken You are the healer

Jesus Redeemer mighty to save

You are the love song we'll sing forever

Bowing before You blessing Your name

Repeat Chorus

Gary Sadler | Lynn DeShazo

© 1998 Integrity's Hosanna! Music CCLI License # 1999365

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

Worship in Tithes and Offerings

The Church

I have come with one purpose to capture for myself a bride

By my life she is lovely by my death she’s justified

I have always been her husband though many lovers she has known

So with water I will wash her oh and by my word alone

So when you hear the sound of the water

You will know you’re not alone

‘Cause I haven’t come for only you but for my people to pursue

You cannot care for me with no regard for her

If you love me you will love the church

Oh and I have long pursued her as a harlot and a whore

Oh but she will feast upon me she will drink and thirst no more

So when you taste my flesh and my blood

You will know you’re not alone

Repeat Chorus

There is none that can replace her though there are many who will try

And though some may be her bridesmaids they can never be my bride

Repeat Chorus

Words and Music by Derek Webb

Worship Moment Lead by the Next Generation

At this time we invite to the front any children or teens who would like to share a “God Story,” Bible verse, catechism question, song, or some other expression of worship for Christ. Parents can prepare their children ahead of time for this worship, and make sure

their contribution is scriptural and appropriate.

The New City Catechism (

Q 15: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

A: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

Romans 3:20

No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Faith Church Year Verse for 2014

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,holy and pleasing to God—

this is your true and proper worship.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and approve

what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.







Song of Preparation


Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou long expected Jesus

Born to set Thy people free

From our fears and sins release us

Let us find our rest in Thee

Israel's strength and consolation

Hope of all the earth Thou art

Dear desire of every nation

Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver

Born a child and yet a King

Born to reign in us forever

Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring

By Thine own eternal Spirit

Rule in all our hearts alone

By Thine all sufficient merit

Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Charles Wesley | Michael Adler | William Walker

© Words: Public Domain Music: 2000 Adler, Michael CCLI License # 1999365

Pastoral Prayer

The Gospel Proclaimed

Series: Deep Church

Message Title: A New Humanity

Central Text: Ephesians 2:11-18

  1. The Church is marked by blood-bought peace with God.
  1. The Church is a new humanity marked by blood-bought peace with each other.
  1. The Church must pursue radical diversity.

Hymn of Response

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart

Naught be all else to me Save that Thou art

Thou my best thought By day or by night

Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom Be Thou my true Word

I ever with Thee And Thou with me Lord

Thou my great Father I Thy true son

Thou in me dwelling And I with Thee one

Riches I heed not Nor man's empty praise

Thou mine inheritance Now and always

Thou and Thou only Be first in my heart

High King of heaven My treasure Thou art

High King of heaven When vict'ry is won

May I reach heaven's joys O bright heaven's Sun

Heart of my own heart Whatever befall

Still be my vision O Ruler of all

Eleanor Henrietta Hull | Mary Elizabeth Byrne

© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain CCLI License # 1999365

The Word Made Visible: The Mystery of the Lord’s Table

The Lord’s Supper, also called Communion, or the Eucharist, is one of the two sacraments of Christ’s church, the other being Baptism. While Baptism is the sacrament that signifies the new birth initiation into the New Covenant, the Lord’s Supper, patterned after the Feast of Passover, signifies the ongoing New Covenant grace promised to live the Christian life. We invite all baptized members of any Christ-Centered church to join us at this sacred table.

If you are not a Christian, we encourage you to spend this time in meditation. Consider the prayer written in the back of the program to help you come to terms with the Gospel of Christ and be reconciled to God through repentance and faith in Him. Take advantage of our many growth opportunities, be baptized, and join us for this feast soon.

In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul urges the church to partake in a worthy manner. To partake worthily requires us to examine ourselves so that we will not participate “without discerning the body.” This phrase is rich in meaning and includes at least four areas of examination. May the following questions guide you in your preparation:

1) Do you really believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of sinners and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for your salvation from sin, death and Hell, to righteousness, life and heaven?

2) Do you desire to let go of anything in your life that would profane this communion with Christ? How vile it would be to want to hold on to something Jesus had to suffer and die to release you from.

3) Are you reconciled with all members of the Church? “Discerning the body” in its context also requires us to examine our relationships with one another as members of the body of Christ. How can we in good conscience participate in a Supper that showcases the very means of God’s forgiveness if we haven’t forgiven our brother or sister?

4) And finally, do you view this holy Supper as nourishment from your Master to fulfill the purposes He has revealed in his Word for you to accomplish as a member of His body: advancing His kingdom, by His power, for His glory in the world?

Let us lift our hearts:

Pastor: The LORDbe with you.

Church:And with your spirit.

Pastor:Lift up your hearts.

Church:We lift them up to the LORD.

Pastor:Let us give thanks to the LORDour God.

Church:It is right and just to do.

Words of Institution: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Prayer of Confession and Covenant Renewal

Our Heavenly Father

We confess that we often try to care about you with no regard for your Church. We let our individualistic culture determine how we live our lives and relate to your people. Even though we come to worship on Sundays, we sacrifice deep community on the altar of our affluence, success, careers, and hobbies.

Most Holy God, we confess that we fail to love our neighbors. We unrepentantly think of ourselves as superior to others in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We fail to listen and learn about other cultures, classes, groups, denominations, ethnicities, and political parties.

In many ways, we feel guilty and insecure because we define ourselves in comparison to others. We fail to base our self-image on the blood of Jesus.

Father, forgive us. Holy Spirit, rush upon us and give us new hearts. Help us to love your people, the Church, like you do. Holy Spirit, help us to identify dividing walls amongst us and tear them down.

For the glory of Jesus, Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

1 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


(The Apostles' Creed -- Fourth Century AD)


I believe in God the Father, Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ,

His only begotten Son, our Lord;

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary;

suffered under Pontius Pilate;

was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell;1

the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,

and sits at the right hand of God

the Father Almighty;

from there He will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,2

the communion of saints;

the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body;

and the life everlasting.

1That is, He truly suffered the punishment deserved by sinners.

2"Catholic" means "universal"; God's people are all around the world.

Prayer of Consecration and Lord’s Prayer

(Share the bread, hold the cup, tinted glasses are grape juice)

“The Gifts of God for the people of God”

“Let us feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving”

“O, taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Personal Prayers of Longing and Gratitude

Come, Ye Sinners

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,

Weak and wounded, sick and sore;

Jesus, ready, stands to save you,

Full of pity, joined with power.

He is able, He is able;

He is willing; doubt no more.

Come ye needy, come, and welcome,

God's free bounty glorify;

True belief and true repentance,

Every grace that brings you nigh.

Without money, without money

Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,

Bruised and broken by the fall;

If you tarry 'til you're better,

You will never come at all.

Not the righteous, not the righteous;

Sinners Jesus came to call.

Let not conscience make you linger,

Nor of fitness fondly dream;

All the fitness He requireth

Is to feel your need of Him.

This He gives you, this He gives you,

'Tis the Spirit's rising beam.

Lo! The Incarnate God, ascended;

Pleads the merit of His blood.

Venture on Him; venture wholly,

Let no other trust intrude.

None but Jesus, none but Jesus

Can do helpless sinners good.

Joseph Hart, 1759. ©2000, detuned radio music (ASCAP).

Used by permission. All rights reserved. CCLI #1999365

Jesus Paid It All


I hear the Saviour say

Thy strength indeed is small

Child of weakness watch and pray

Find in Me thine all in all

Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow

Lord now indeed I find

Thy power and Thine alone

Can change the leper's spots

And melt the heart of stone

Repeat Chorus

For nothing good have I

Whereby Thy grace to claim

I'll wash my garments white

In the blood of Calvary's Lamb

Repeat Chorus

And when before the throne