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The Lord’s Day Sunday, October 6, 2019 Nursery: Welcome to Care for infants - Downtown Presbyterian Church age 3.5 available through sliding door in back Thank you…
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The Lord’s Day Sunday, October 6, 2019 Nursery: Welcome to Care for infants - Downtown Presbyterian Church age 3.5 available through sliding door in back Thank you for worshiping with us today. right of lobby. Room 1 contains The vision of DPC is to see every avenue of downtown Greenville private area for connected with the good news and loved well. nursing mothers. Our mission is to uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ, share life in small groups and find avenues of downtown to love. Children: Preschoolers Visitors, we are so glad you are here! Please locate a ‘Connect Card’ on dismissed for Children’s Church the back of a chair near you, provide your basic contact information and through back return the card to the box located on the Welcome Table in the lobby. door in left of sanctuary after Feel welcome to reach out to any staff member with questions. Lord’s Prayer. Pick up from Rooms 6 & 7. Staff: Elementary Sunday School - Brian Habig Brittany Aills 10 am, children’s Pastor Women’s Ministry Director lobby. bhabig@downtownpres.org baills@downtownpres.org Jonathan Davis Maddie Searcy Youth: Assistant Pastor Church Administrator jdavis@downtownpres.org msearcy@downtownpres.org Youth Sunday School - 10 am, meet in lobby. Adam Radcliff De McKinley Youth Group - Assistant Pastor Bookkeeper/HR Sundays, 5 pm aradcliff@downtownpres.org dmckinley@downtownpres.org (MS) & 6:15 pm (HS) DPC. Ryan McMillen Tiffany Mauk Music Director Nursery Director rmcmillen@downtownpres.org dpcnursery@downtownpres.org Special Needs: Chandler Machemehl Mary Young We welcome all to Youth Director Children’s Director worship with us. cmachemehl@downtownpres.org dpcchildren@downtownpres.org Please text (864) 884-5290 if you or a family member need assistance. Please Take Note: Young Adults: Bible Study - Fall Gathering: Sunday, October 27, TONIGHT | 5-7 pm | McKinley Home (408 Bates Crossing Rd.) 7 pm, DPC. All are invited for an outdoor dinner gathering. The main dish will be provided. Families with last names beginning with A-M are asked to bring Women: side dishes; N-Z are asked to bring desserts. Register at Bible Studies - downtownpres.org/events-1. Tuesdays, 12 pm; Thursdays, 6:30 & 10 am; DPC. An Evening with Sandra McCracken: Friday, October 11 | 7-8:30 pm | Mitchell Road Pres (207 Mitchell Rd.) Men: A worshipful evening of music provided by Sandra McCracken and guests. All proceeds of the concert will go to benefit SWITCH, an organization Guys’ Night - Thursday, October with the mission to end human trafficking in the Upstate of South 24, 7 pm, Barley’s. Carolina. Purchase tickets at downtownpres.org/events-1. Find More Lessons & Carols Choir: Sign Up by Sunday, October 13 Information: Lessons & Carols services will take place on Sunday, December 8, 4 and downtownpres.org 6:30 pm. Register and find the choir rehearsal schedule at downtownpres.org/events-1 (Click Oct. 13 to find the registration form). Giving: Available online FLOURISH Launch: Sunday, October 20 | 10-10:45 am | DPC or you may leave Brian Habig will present and answer questions about the Flourish your offering in the wooden box Initiative, in support of our upcoming building project. Refreshments will to the left of the be provided. piano. Thank you. High School Fall Retreat: Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26 | Ridge Haven Prayer Requests: High schoolers will spend the weekend at Ridge Haven. Cost: $75 Prayer requests (scholarships available). Register at downtownpres.org/events-1. can be written and submitted in the lobby, on the cabinet under the TV. Reflections Individualism is a calm and considered feeling which persuades each citizen to cut himself off from his fellows and to withdraw into the circle of his family and his friends in such a way that he thus creates a small group of his own and willingly abandons society at large to its own devices. - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Growth in grace, wisdom, and character does not happen primarily in classes and instruction, through large worship gatherings, or even in solitude. Most often, growth happens through deep relationships and in communities where the implications of the gospel are worked out cognitively and worked in practically—in ways no other setting or venue can afford. …Christian community is more than just a supportive fellowship; it is an alternate society. And it is through this alternate human society that God shapes us into who and what we are. - Timothy Keller, Center Church It is startling that a strategy as obvious and effective as small groups could be discovered and widely used in [church] history and then apparently lost until its modern rediscovery in popular religious movements. …Without such mechanisms for the interchange of grace and the movement of known truth into action, the weekly pattern of Sunday church attendance can become a stagnant routine consisting of passive intake of truth which is never turned into prayer and work for the kingdom. - Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life Order of Worship § Call to Worship Isaiah 44:6 Pastor: Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, § Congregation Standing the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen. § Opening Prayer § Hymn of Adoration O For a Thousand Tounges to Sing O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, Words by Charles Wesley, 1739 The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! Music by Carl Glaser, 1784-1829, arr. by Lowell My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, Mason, 1839 To spread thro’ all the earth abroad the honors of thy name. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease, ‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life and health and peace. He breaks the power of cancelled sin, he sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me. Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy! Silent Confession & General Prayer of Confession Almighty God, we do not deserve your presence, but we look now to the Lamb of God, who takes away our sin. Through him we draw near to you: listening to your voice, trusting in your love, and delighting in your word. Cleanse our minds of all error, Father, and our hearts of all idols, that we may make your name known to the world; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord we pray, Amen. Assurance of the Gospel Colossians 3:2-4 Isaiah 49:15-16 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” § Hymn of the Gospel Before the Throne of God Above Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea; Words by Charitie Lees Bancroft, A great High Priest whose name is Love, 1841-1923 Music by Vikki Who ever lives and pleads for me. Cook, 1993 My name is graven on his hands; my name is written on his heart. ©️1997 Sovereign Grace Worship I know that while in heaven he stands, No tongue can bid me thence depart, No tongue can bid me thence depart. When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, Upward I look and see him there who made an end of all my sin. Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free; For God the Just is satisfied to look on him and pardon me, To look on him and pardon me. Behold him there - the risen Lamb, my perfect spotless righteousness, The great unchangeable I Am, the King of glory and of grace, One in himself I cannot die, my soul is purchased by his blood, My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God, With Christ my Savior and my God! Intercessory Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Sermon Acts 2:42-47 Being the Church 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the (Part 4): The Both/And of Life fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came Together upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through Rev. Brian Habig the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Part 1) VISION: Every avenue of downtown Greenville connected with the good news. Part 2) VISION: Every avenue of downtown Greenville... loved well. Part 3) MISSION: As a church, we uphold the good news of Jesus. Part 4) MISSION: As a church...we share life in small groups. Notes All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All songs used by permission. CCLI License #2432089. Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Words of Guidelines for Reception of the Lord’s Supper Institution, Serving of The Lord’s supper, also called Communion or the Eucharist, is the the Bread and the Cup, family meal of Christians. We invite all followers of Jesus to partake of this Thanksgiving sacrament: those who have believed the good news, have repented of their sins, and are baptized members in good standing with the Lord’s Church. If you are *Trays marked ‘juice’ contain not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage non-alcoholic you to spend this time in prayer. We hope this time is helpful to you as you grape juice. The unmarked trays, consider your relationship with Jesus and his people, the Church. as well as the Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an common cup, unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. contain wine. Gluten-free Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. crackers also For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks available. judgment on himself. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) Prayers of Reflection for Those Not Partaking Prayer for Those Searching for Truth: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me and open me to the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing and that leads you into the life you promise. Prayer for Awakening: Lord Jesus, I have heard teaching from the Bible for years, and have been in church for years, but very little of this seems real to me. Please show me the reality of what you are saying. Unnerve me with the badness of the bad news. Captivate me with the goodness of the good news. Make what is familiar seem new. Prayer for Belief: Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful that I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared to hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. § Hymn of Response How Sweet and Awesome is the Place How sweet and awesome is the place with Christ within the doors, Words by Isaac Watts, 1707, alt. While everlasting love displays the choicest of her stores. 1961, 1990 Tune St. Columba, alt. 1990 While all our hearts and all our songs join to admire the feast, Each of us cries, with thankful tongue, “Lord, why was I a guest? “Why was I made to hear your voice, and enter while there’s room, When thousands make a wretched choice, and rather starve than come?” ’Twas the same love that spread the feast that sweetly drew us in; Else we had still refused to taste, and perished in our sin. We long to see your churches full, that all the chosen race May with one voice, and heart and soul, sing your redeeming grace. § Benediction & Dismissal Pastor: Let us go out to serve the world and our city as those Announcement of God’s blessing who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. upon his people. All: Thanks be to God! A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America
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