# 21 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, vs. 1, 3, 4
# 7 I Sought the Lord
# 81 You Are My All in All
Call to Worship
Hymn # 431 All Creatures of Our God and King (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Psalter: Psalm 118:14-29 (NRSV) Mike Bergmann
14The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
15There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly;
16the right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.”
17I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
18The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.
19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
20This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
23This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!
26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.
27The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.
28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
29O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Prayer for Illumination
New Testament Reading Acts 7:2-8
2And Stephen replied:
“Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.’ 4Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. 5He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child. 6And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years. 7‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’ 8Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.
Choral Anthem Be Still, He Is God
Be still and know the Lord is with you
Be still and know that he is God
In quiet trust he'll be your strength and shelter
Know that he is God
The Lord your God is with you
He is mighty to save
For God takes great delight
Singing songs of joy over you
He will quiet you with his love
Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to your God to order and provide
Who through all changes faithful will remain
Be still my soul!
Your best your heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end
Be still, He is God
Hymn # 390 The Day of Resurrection (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Old Testament Reading Genesis 11:27-12:9
27Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his
daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32The days of Terah were two hundred five years; and Terah died in Haran.
12 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7Then the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and invoked the name of the LORD. 9And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.
Sermon “I Will Bless You” Pastor Andrew Winter