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The Gospel: Carefully Preserved & Passionately Proclaimed

(1/7/2018)

Today in Worship - Baptism of Our Lord
Preacher & Worship Leader: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Children's Message: Jeannine Colin
Elder: Mike Kennedy


Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs of Praise
"You Are God Alone"
"As It Is In Heaven"

First Reading
Hebrews 10:19-25
19  Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
20  by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
21  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
24  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
1 John 4:7-21
7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
10  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13  By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17  By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
18  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
19  We love because he first loved us.
20  If anyone says, "I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21  And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
 
Sermon

Offering
"The Wonderful Cross"

In Whom Do We Believe? The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Prayers Of The Day

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Celebrating the Lords Supper
"Call It Grace"
"We Are The Body Of Christ"
"You Are My King"

Blessing

Sending Song
"Because He Lives"