OCTOBER 16, 2022

The Order for the Worship of God

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     Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt                    J.S. Bach

When Adam fell, the human race

Was doomed to condemnation

But thanks to God, who spares the rod

From death we have been taken

Welcome and Greeting 

Preparation of Our Hearts

Call to Worship

Hymn     # 253     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Confession and Assurance 

     Confession of Sin

     Assurance of Pardon

18Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity 

     and passing over the transgression

     of the remnant of his possession?

He does not retain his anger forever

     because he delights in showing steadfast love.

19He will again have compassion upon us;

     he will tread our iniquities under foot.

You will cast all our sins

     into the depths of the sea.

— Micah 7:18-19

Psalter:     Psalm 119:97-104     (NRSVUE)          Mike Bergmann      

97Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.

98Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.

99I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation.

100I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.

101I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.

102I do not turn away from your ordinances, for you have taught me.

103How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Prayer for Illumination     


Old Testament Reading     Deuteronomy 30:1-6

       30 “When all these things have happened to you, the blessings and the curses that I have set before you, if you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you 2and return to the LORD your God, and you and your children obey him with all your heart and with all your soul, just as I am commanding you today, 3then the LORD your God will return you from your captivity and have compassion on you, gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the LORD your God has scattered you. 4Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there he will take you back. 5The LORD your God will bring you into the land that your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.

       6“Moreover, the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live.

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Choral Anthem     This Is My Word

As the snow falls from heaven, 

As it comes in swirling showers from the sky, 

So is my Word. 

As the rains bring the water to the earth that is thirsty and dry, 

So is my Word.

And the Word of my mouth, it shall not return empty: 

It will bless the earth wherever it is heard. 

This is my Word. 

As the rain brings renewal 

And the tender buds begin to come alive, 

So is my Word. 

Giving seed to the sower, 

And the bread to the hungry ′til they thrive, 

So is my Word. 

O Lord, when I am weary, 

When I feel the days I'm living are in vain, 

My God, help me be faithful

To the Word You have given to proclaim. 

Proclaim the Word

And you will go out in joy, 

And be led forth in peace, 

And the hills will break before you into song.

So be faithful, brave and true, 

For I will go before you, 

And when your earthly journey here is done. 

I′ll say well done, I'll say well done! 

I'll say well done, well done! 

As the snow falls from heaven, 

And the rain comes in showers from the sky, 

This is my Word.

Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 23     Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness          (Supplemental Hymnal)

New Testament Reading     Galatians 2:15-3:6

       15We ourselves are Jews by birth and not gentile sinners, 16yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through the faith of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. 17But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. 19For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, 20and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

       3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! 2The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? 4Did you experience so much for nothing?—if it really was for nothing. 5Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law or by your believing what you heard?

       6Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter


Moment for Mission          Melissa McAtee, Bravely Women’s Health

Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession

Hymn     #555     Lead On, O King Eternal


Postlude     Carillon          Douglas Wagner

Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and for evermore

     — Psalm 113:2