MARCH 14, 2021

The Order for the Worship of God

Faith Presbyterian Church     9:30 a.m.

Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 930a on Sunday.

Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all

may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself

and for Faith Church.


Prelude     An Wasserflüssen Babylon          J.C.H. Rinck

          A lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of all men bearing


Freu Dich Sehr          J.C.H. Rinck

          Praise to Thee and Adoration

Welcome and Greeting

Hymn     # 486     Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing         (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (read responsively)              Paul Kuhn

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble  

3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

17Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;

18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.  

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;

20he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

22And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Prayer for Illumination          Paul Kuhn

First Lesson:     Ephesians 2:1-10          Paul Kuhn

       2 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Lector:     “This is the Word of the Lord.”

Congregation:     “Thanks be to God for His Word.”

Special Music     What Wondrous Love Is This                  arr. John Carter


Children’s Sermon                                                                    

Q. 82. Can anyone perfectly keep God’s commandments?

A. No. No ordinary human can perfectly keep God’s commandments in this life.

Q. 83. Are all sins equally evil?

A. No. Some sins are more evil than others. 

Hymn     # 384     When I Survey the Wondrous Cross          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Second Lesson:     Judges 10:1-16

       10 After Abimelech, Tola Son of Puah son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, who lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim, rose to deliver Israel. 2He judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died, and was buried at Shamir.

       3After him came Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. 4He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; and they had thirty towns, which are in the land of Gilead, and are call Havvoth-jair to this day. 5Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.

       6The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, worshipping the Baals and the Astartes, the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. Thus they abandoned the Lord, and did not worship him. 7So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, 8and they crushed and oppressed the Israelites that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was greatly distressed.

       10So the Israelites cried to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have abandoned our God and have worshipped the Baals.” 11And the Lord said to the Israelites, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? 12The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites oppressed you; and you cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. 13Yet you have abandoned me and worshiped other gods; therefore I will deliver you no more. 14Go and cry to the gods whom you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress.” 15And the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you; but deliver us this day!” 16So they put away the foreign gods from among them and worshiped the Lord; and he could no longer bear to see Israel suffer. 

Sermon     “Yet You Have Abandoned Me”           Pastor Andrew Winter


Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Dedication, Thanksgiving, and Intercession

Through the Gate is a supervised 24/7 residential treatment center with a focus on intensive discipleship for women aged 18 or older, who are struggling with drugs and alcohol. Their faith-based program is designed to help solve addictions by using a relationship with Christ and the direction available from His Word as the basis for change and growth. Their mission is to help women be free of the destructive habits that led to drug and alcohol use, and teach them to live in such a way that they can restore broken relationships with friends, families and their children. Through the Gate guides their residents through teaching, mentoring, counseling, recovery and relapse prevention and discipleship.

Hymn     # 170          O God, Our Help in Ages Past          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Postlude     Herzliebster Jesu          Johannes Brahms

Ah, Holy Jesus, how has thou offended