• Sunday Order of Service

    October 24, 2021

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer

    Silent Prayer

    Call to Worship (based on Psalm 8)

    LORD, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!


    You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
    3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
    4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
    5 You have made us a little lower than the angels
    and crowned us with glory and honor.
    6 You made us rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under our feet.


    LORD, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!


    The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you!
    Come, let us worship our God!

    Song - "Fairest Lord Jesus"

    Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
    Son of God and Son of Man!
    Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,
    Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.


    Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
    Robed in the blooming garb of spring:
    Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
    Who makes the woeful heart to sing.


    Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
    And all the twinkling, starry host:
    Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
    Then all the angels heav'n can boast.


    Beautiful Saviour! Lord of the nations!
    Son of God and Son of Man!
    Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
    Now and for evermore be thine.

    Confession of Faith - Apostles' Creed

    We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
    We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    and born of the virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    We believe in the Holy Spirit.
    the holy catholic church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

    Song - "We Will Feast in the House of Zion"

    We will feast in the house of Zion.
    We will sing with our hearts restored.
    He has done great things, we will say together,
    We will feast and weep no more.


    We will not be burned by the fire.
    He is the Lord, our God.
    We are not consumed by the flood.
    Upheld, protected, gathered up.


    In the dark of night, before the dawn,
    My soul, be not afraid.
    For the promised morning, oh, how long?
    Oh, God of Jacob, be my strength!


    Every vow we've broken and betrayed,
    You are the Faithful one.
    And from the garden to the grave
    Bind us together, bring shalom!

    Greeting One Another


    Prayers of the People

    Prayers for the Ministry of RUF at U of I ...


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    Lord Jesus, you tell us that the world will know we are your disciples by our love for our fellow brothers and sisters. We lament and grieve the unnecessary divisions that exist in the world-wide church. We acknowledge and lament the way partisan politics, pride, fear, and self-interest have contributed to a lack of love in the body of Christ. We humbly ask, teach us Lord Jesus, to love one another as you have loved us. Give us patience, humility, as well as the strength and desire to bear with one another for the sake of love and that we might glorify you. We pause now to confess our the ways we have failed to love and to ask for your help.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    Gracious Father, we thank you for the work you have given us to do in this world. Like the psalmist we are somewhat overwhelmed that you would call us to steward your creation, to rule and govern under you our great king, and to cultivate this world with creativity in ways that lead others to flourish. We pray for help to do all our work well and unto your glory. We pray our work of creating, protecting, nurturing, instructing, ordering, restoring and caring. We pray we would reflect and participate in your good rule in the way we treat others made in your image, and the way we treat this world that you made. We pray that you would help us to connect the dots between our labors and your purposes in this world that our work would be yet another place to live out the reign of Jesus in our lives. We pause now to intercede for ourselves and one another for these matters.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    And with churches throughout the world we pray together, as your Son taught us to pray, saying:


    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come, your 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 evil.
    For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

    Scripture Reading - 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (ESV); 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (NIV)

    9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


    6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”


    11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.


    14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.


    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

    Sermon - "Deep Sanctification"

    Community Confession of Sin

    Good News of the Gospel - 1 Corinthians 6:9, 11

    "Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."


    Brothers and sisters who have trusted in Jesus, you are forgiven and holy in God's sight, and you are being transformed into Christ's glorious likeness. Thanks be to God!


    Song - "Come Unto Me, Ye Weary"

    "Come unto me, ye weary,
    and I will give you rest."
    O blessed voice of Jesus,
    which comes to hearts oppressed!
    It tells of benediction,
    of pardon, grace, and peace,
    of joy that hath no ending,
    of love which cannot cease.


    "Come unto me, dear children,
    and I will give you light."
    O loving voice of Jesus,
    which comes to cheer the night!
    Our hearts were filled with sadness,
    and we had lost our way;
    but morning brings us gladness,
    and songs the break of day.


    "Come unto me, ye fainting,
    and I will give you life."
    O peaceful voice of Jesus,
    which comes to end our strife!
    The foe is stern and eager,
    the fight is fierce and long;
    but thou hast made us mighty,
    and stronger than the strong.


    "And whosoever cometh
    I will not cast him out."
    O patient love of Jesus,
    which drives away our doubt;
    which calls us, very sinners,
    unworthy though we be,
    of love so free and boundless,
    to come, dear Lord, to thee!

    Song - "Doxology"

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow
    Praise Him all creatures here below
    Praise Him above ye heavn’ly host
    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Song - "Your Labor Is Not in Vain"

    Your labor is not in vain
    Though the ground underneath you is cursed and stained.
    Your planting and reaping are never the same,
    But your labor is not in vain.


    Your labor is not unknown
    Though the rocks they cry out and the sea it may groan.
    The place of your toil may not seem like a home,
    But your labor is not unknown.


    For I am with you, I am with you.
    I am with you, I am with you
    For I have called you,
    Called you by name.
    Your labor is not in vain.


    The vineyards you plant will bear fruit;
    The fields will sing out and rejoice with the truth,
    For all that is old will at last be made new;
    The vineyards you plant will bear fruit.


    The houses you labored to build
    Will finally with laughter and joy be filled.
    The serpent that hurts and destroys shall be killed,
    And all that is broken be healed.


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