MAY 1, 2022

The Order for the Worship of God

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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.


Welcome and Greeting 

Prelude     The Strife is O’er          setting Don Justad

The strife is o’er, the battle done;

The victory of life is won;

The song of triumph has begun.

Call to Worship

Hymn     # 249     Holy, Holy, Holy          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Prayer of Confession – Front of Gray Psalter Hymnal

Prayer for Illumination          Gordon MacLeod 

New Testament Reading     Matthew 2:13-23     (NRSV)

       13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

       16When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

       18“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation,

Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

       19When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20“Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word. 

Choral Anthem     Every Promise of Your Word

From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun

I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Words of power, strong to save, that will never pass away

I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

For Your covenant is sure

And on this I am secure—

I can stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

When I stumble and I sin, condemnation pressing in

I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

You are faithful to forgive that in freedom I might live

So I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Guilt to innocence restored

You remember sins no more—

So I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Standing on the promises of Christ my King

Through eternal ages, let his praises ring

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing

Standing on the promises of God

Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God, my Savior

Standing, standing, I'm standing on the promises of God

Hope that lifts me from despair, love that casts out ev'ry fear

As I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Not forsaken, not alone, for the Comforter has come

And I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Grace sufficient, grace for me

Grace for all who will believe—

We will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 399     Jesus Lives, and So Do We, vs 1, 2, 3, 5          (Gray Psalter Hymnal) 

Old Testament Reading     Genesis 12:10-13:4

       10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know well that you are a woman beautiful in appearance; 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, so that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared on your account.” 14When Abram entered Egypt the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15When the officials of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female slaves, female donkeys, and camels.

       17But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18So Pharaoh called Abram, and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her, and be gone.” 20And Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning him; and they set him on the way, with his wife and all that he had.

       13 So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.  

       2Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3He journeyed on by stages from the Negeb as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4to the place where he had made an altar at the first; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Sermon     “It May Go Well with Me”          Pastor Andrew Winter 


Communion Hymn     # 46     This is the Feast of Victory          (Supplemental Hymnal) 

The LORD’s Supper 

Invitation to the Table and Words of Institution

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup

Prayer of Consecration:

Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb. Amen. 

Hymn     # 408     Rejoice, the Lord Is King          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Postlude     Fantasia on “O Filii et Filiae”          Gilbert M. Martin

My daughters and my sons hear tell –

The king of heaven, the glorious king

Is risen today from death and hell.