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OCTOBER 1, 2023

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.

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Prelude     Little Partita on "Old Hundredth"          David Lasky

Praise God from whom all blessing flow

Welcome and Greeting

Preparation of Our Hearts

 Call to Worship 

Psalm     # 100     All People That on Earth Do Dwell          Sung to the tune of Old Hundredth (#134 Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Prayer of Confession     Front of Gray Psalter Hymnal

Prayer for Illumination          Sue Young


Old Testament Reading     Genesis 3     (NRSVUE)

       3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die, 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

       8They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14The LORD God said to the serpent,

       “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

       16To the woman he said, “I will make your pangs in childbirth exceedingly great; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

       17And to the man he said,

       “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

       20The man named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all living. 21And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife and clothed them.

       22Then the LORD God said, “See, the humans have become like one of us, knowing good and evil, and now they might reach out their hands and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever”— 23therefore the LORD God sent them forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which they were taken. 24He drove out the humans, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Choral Anthem     Canon of Praise

All within me bless the Lord

All within me bless his holy name

Bless the Lord

O bless his holy name

O hear, you righteous

Know that the Lord is good

With truth, with hope

He crowns with hope and truth

God the Lord is gracious

The same forever

The Lord our God loves

He loves his own

Those who know the Lord

They claim his ever present help

O bless the Lord

O all within me bless his holy name

Bless the Lord, my soul

O bless his holy name

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     Insert     Nearer, Still Nearer

New Testament Reading     Romans 5:12–21

       12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—13for sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam, who is a pattern of the one who was to come.

       15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16And the gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17If, because of the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

       18Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20But law came in, so that the trespass might increase, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so grace might also reign through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter

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Gathering of Our Tithes and Offerings

      Response     # 638     The Doxology          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

      Prayer of Dedication

Hymn     # 341     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

The LORD’s Supper    

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 88 and 91

Q. 88. What are the ordinary, external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefits of redemption?

A. The ordinary, external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefits of redemption are his regulations, particularly the word, sacraments, and prayer, all of which are made effective for the salvation of his chosen ones.  

Q. 91. How do the sacraments become effective means of salvation?

A. The sacraments become effective means of salvation, not because of any special power in them or in the people who administer them, but rather by the blessing of Christ and the working of his spirit in those who receive them by faith.

Invitation to the Table 

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. 

2024 Pledge Drive          Mike Lockwood

Hymn     # 61     In Christ Alone          (Supplemental Hymnal)


Postlude     O Gott, Du Frommer Gott          Johann Gottfried Walther

O God, Thou faithful God,

Thou Fountain ever flowing,

Without Whom nothing is,

All perfect gifts bestowing

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