August 18, 2019
Welcome to Bethel Presbyterian Church. We’re glad you’re here! If you are new here, we look forward to meeting you. In the rack in front of you is a contact card and a pencil. We invite you to fill it out and put it in the plate when the offering is taken. We won’t share this information with anyone.
There is a nursery available downstairs for children 4 years and younger; nursing moms can find a quiet refuge in room 105. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall after the morning service for coffee and light refreshments. We look forward to getting to know you better! If there is anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to ask anyone you see for assistance.
Want to help us save paper? You can access the bulletin and learn more about us online at www.bethelpres.com/our-worship. Wi-fi is available to you here; select the network BethelPublic and use password public19856.
The 55+ Fellowship will meet this Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. See Alan for details.
We are hosting dinner and a game night at Tree of Life this Tuesday. Ask Jennifer how you can help.
Machen Retreat and Conference Center’s schedule of events is posted on the bulletin board outside the Fellowship Hall. September includes the annual Labor Day Family Conference and the new Psalms Conference. C. S. Lewis Institute has an online, seven-session small group apologetics course for and by women. Check out the link in the Grape Seed.
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OUR WORSHIP TODAY
GOD SUMMONS US; WE ENTER HIS PRESENCE
*Call to Worship (Psalm 66:1-4)
Leader: Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
People: Sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.
Leader: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds; so great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.”
People: All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.
*Hymn of Praise: Red Hymnal #355, We Are God’s People”
*Seeking God’s Presence and Blessing
*Glorifying God: Black Hymnal #117 O breath of God, come fill this place; Revive our hearts to know Your grace; And from our slumber make us rise That we may know the Risen Christ.
WE PLEAD CHRIST’S ATONEMENT AND RECEIVE PARDON
Reading of God’s Law Prayer of Confession: '
“Lord, help me to examine myself in your presence and the light of your Word. If your Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, you who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to my death-prone body through your Spirit who dwells in me. And if your Spirit lives in me, I am not a debtor to the sinful nature. For if I am living according to the sinful nature I will die, but if by the Holy Spirit I put to death the deeds of sin, I will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. And I have not received the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but have received the Spirit of adoption as a son, by whom I cry, "Abba! Father!" Grant me, Father, that the Spirit himself will bear witness with my spirit that I am a child of God, for if I am a child, then also an heir—an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ.” (from Romans 8)
Declaration of Pardon
WE OFFER OURSELVES TO GOD
Responsive Reading: Psalm 127 (Red Hymnal page 832)
Giving Back to God His Tithes & Our Offerings
*Returning Thanks: Red Hymnal #97 We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator; In grateful devotion our tribute we bring. We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you; We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.
*Thanking God for His Provision
*Confessing Our Faith: The Nicene Creed We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
Sacrament of Baptism: Clara Jane Moughon
The Lord’s Prayer Our Father in heaven, Holy is 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.
*Preparing to Hear God’s Word:
Red Hymnal #526, “Blessed Are the Sons of God”
GOD SPEAKS TO US AND ARRANGES OUR LIVES
Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:26-29; 4:4-7 (Pew Bible page 1153)
Sermon: “Praying For a Son”
GOD CONFIRMS HIS PROMISE TO HIS PEOPLE
*Hymn of Response: Black Hymnal #22, “Chosen as His Children”
*Commission, Ascription, and Benediction: Red Hymnal #730 May the grace of Christ our Savior and the Father’s boundless love, With the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon us from above. Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord, And possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford.
“...And pray for one another”
For Healing and Recovery—Pray for Lallie, Annette and Jean in their recovery from recent medical events. Pray also for David Haney, Moderator of the OPC’s last General Assembly, who has suffered a serious heart attack. For Expecting Mothers and Babies—Pray for the health and safety of Julie and Baby Harrison and Anna and Baby Boy Door. For Protection and Strength—Pray for Graham as he continues training at Ft. Benning, GA. Making Strangers into Friends into Disciples of Jesus—Pray for our opportunities to give others an invitation to Christ, the church, and to know the gospel. Pray also for recent contacts made by church members with neighbors and others in the community that their testimony and friendship would be an avenue for the gospel. Church Resources—Pray for the Lord’s provisions for our church’s needs, including leaders for our congregation and ministries. Our Church Ministries—Pray for our Nursery Ministry Leader, Cindy Steenrod, as she prepares a safe and welcoming place for our youngest church attendees, as she organizes volunteers, and stocks, cleans, and maintains our nursery and nursing mother’s room. Pray also for each of the adult and teen volunteers as they care for our littlest ones. Those with Civil Authority—Pray for Matt Letourneau, member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors representing the Dulles district, as he and the other Board members set county policies, adopt ordinances, appropriate funds, approve land rezonings, and carry out other responsibilities. Home Missions—Bill and Sessie Welzien—Key West, FL—Praise God for 30 years of His faithfulness to Keys Presbyterian Church and 33 years of Bill’s open-air preaching at the Mallory Square pier. Pray for Bill as he works with a man who trusts his own good works for acceptance with God. Jesus died to save us from the sin of self-deception. Foreign Missions—Ben and Heather Hopp—Carries, Haiti—Pray for the Hopp family as Ethan and Emma have left Haiti to begin their college years in the U.S. and Canada. Pray that their faith will increase as they study and that they will be used of God to continue to spread the gospel. Pray also for the members of the Port-au-Prince church as they face daily danger, under local instability and unrest.