MAY 15, 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   



Call to Worship



Hymn     # 13     Immortal, Invisible          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Psalter:     Psalm 148     (NRSVUE)          Bert Chapman


1Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

2Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

3Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!

4Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens!

5Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.

6He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

7Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,

8fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!

9Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!

10Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

11Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!

12Young men and women alike, old and young together!

13Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. 

14He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!



Prayer for Illumination                                                     


New Testament Reading     Hebrews 7:1-22


       7 This “Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him,” 2and to him Abraham apportioned “one-tenth of everything.” His name, in the first place, means “king of righteousness”; next, he is also king of Salem, that is, “king of peace.” 3Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

       4See how great he is! Even Abraham the patriarch gave him a tenth of the spoils. 5And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to collect tithes from the people, that is, from their kindred, though these also are descended from Abraham. 6But this man, who does not belong to their ancestry, collected tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had received the promises. 7It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8In the one case, tithes are received by those who are mortal; in the other, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. 9One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.

       11Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood—for the people received the law under this priesthood—what further need would there have been to speak of another priest arising according to the order of Melchizedek rather than one according to the order of Aaron? 12For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13Now the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

        15It is even more obvious when another priest arises, resembling Melchizedek, 16one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent but through the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is attested of him,

       “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

        18There is, on the one hand, the abrogation of an earlier commandment because it was weak and ineffectual 19(for the law made nothing perfect); there is, on the other hand, the introduction of a better hope through which we approach God.

        20This was confirmed with an oath, for others have become priests without an oath, 21but this one became a priest with an oath because of the one who said to him,

       “The Lord has sworn  and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever’ ”

       22accordingly Jesus has also become the guarantor of a better covenant.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Special Music     Raise Your Voices


Chorus:

Raise your voices, raise your voices

Praise to Him, the living word

To the Heavens high ascending

Raise your voices to the Lord


Though your nights be dark and fearful

Though we face the dimming day

Though the heart be sad and tearful

Trust Him, He will light the way


Through the mists in this vale of sorrow

Through the glass we but darkly see

We will rise again tomorrow

Then our eyes will lifted be


Long the road that has no ending

Far the path that has no turn

And the soul is never wending

To the place it first was born


See the host of Angels singing

When they hear that trumpet sound

When the piper's call is ringing

Then shall my soul be ever homeward bound


Mountains tall and seas will thunder

One unceasing chorus ring

Heaven and earth will sleep no longer

Then the universe as one will sing



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 489     When Peace Like a River          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Old Testament Reading     Genesis 14:1-24   


       14 In the days of King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim, 2these kings made war with King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. 3All these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim, that is, the Dead Sea. 4Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and subdued the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6and the Horites in the hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the edge of the wilderness; 7then they turned back and came to En-mishpat, that is, Kadesh, and subdued all the country of the Amalekites and also the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar. 8Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar, went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim 9with King Chedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Shinar, and King Arioch of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country. 11So the enemy took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their provisions and went their way; 12they also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who lived in Sodom, and his goods and departed.

       13Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner; these were allies of Abram. 14When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred eighteen of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16Then he brought back all the goods and also brought back his nephew Lot with his goods and the women and the people.

       17After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh, that is, the King’s Valley. 18And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19He blessed him and said,

       “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth, 20and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

       And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything. 21Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to God Most High, maker of heaven and earth, 23that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, so that you might not say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten and the share of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their share.”



Sermon     “The Priest of God Most High”          Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession


The Tippecanoe United Food Pantry helps over 400 families each month meet their food and personal hygiene needs. 



Hymn     # 90     Hear the Call of the Kingdom          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Benediction     Old Irish Blessing   



Postlude