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Order of Service 12/05

In both Israel and the church, God’s people have often worshipped antiphonally: with a sung or spoken response to something said. We begin today with such an act, reminding ourselves of the great privilege of worship, with a responsive reading of Psalm 34. 

“Come Christians, Join to Sing” is a delightful, joyful hymn, set to a Spanish melody. As we sing each “Alleluia”, recall that Hebrew word means, “Praise Yahveh”.

We then turn to a reading from John 6, where Jesus speaks to a group of pseudo-disciples about the difference between their attachment to Him, and true faith. Look carefully for where Jesus sources true faith, and what images He uses to describe it. 

We then sing of our faith in Christ alone, in the hymn, “The Solid Rock”. Our second reading, in Hebrews 11, gives us a definition and description of true faith. The American folk hymn, “To Be with Christ” gives the heart of Peter’s question, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

We turn to God in corporate prayer, and then respond in grateful giving. Our meditation on Scripture is on the meaning of faith in the book of Hebrews, with special reference to Hebrews 11 and 12. We close with a modern hymn, “Come to the Waters”, a beautiful image of faith. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Responsive Reading 69: Psalm 34:1-8

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 190 Come Christians Join to Sing

Scripture Reading: John 6:35-69

Hymn 216 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (SOLID ROCK)

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

Song 35 To Be With Christ

Pastoral Prayer

Doxology

Offering

Sermon: Hebrews: Faith’s Definition, Action and Duration

Hymn 77 Come to the Waters

Benediction

Postlude

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