This Week’s Worship Guide

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ORDER FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
Lord’s Day, April 11, 2021

To all who are spiritually weary and seek rest;
to all who mourn and long for comfort;
to all who struggle and desire victory;
to all who sin and need a Savior;
to all who are strangers and want fellowship;
to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
and to all who will come,
this church opens wide her doors and
offers welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Meditation
Hebrews 13:5-6
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’  So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?’”

APPROACHING GOD IN WORSHIP

Greeting: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Call to Worship: Psalm 84:1, 5, 7

Pastor: O LORD God of hosts, hear our prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!

People: Blessed are those whose strength is in You; who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!

Pastor: Who go from strength to strength, till each one appears before God in Zion.

People: O LORD God of hosts, hear our prayer.

Hymn of Adoration: King Forevermore

Prayer of Adoration

APPROACHING GOD IN CONFESSION AND SERVICE

Call to Confession: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-10, 13-16
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.  And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

Prayer of Confession:
Father, You speak of being honored to be called the God of those who live by faith. It is for those who live by faith, that You have prepared a heavenly city.  Faith requires us to live in obedience to what You have commanded. It means we live as strangers in this world, looking to our inheritance in heaven.
Forgive us when we live by sight and not by faith, when we act as if we belong to this world, and when we doubt Your promises. Help us to focus our lives on living for heaven and Your glory. May we be found to still be living by faith when we die.

We come to You in our Savior’s name and merit.  Amen.

Now hear the Lord’s Assurance of Pardon:
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”- Romans 8:1

Hymn: My Hope Is in the Lord #523

Offertory Prayer

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Attn.: Kent Walline
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Wichita, KS 67235
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Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness #32

RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD

The Scripture Reading:

Genesis 46:1-4; 47:27-31; 48:21; 50:1-14, 22-26
Hebrews 11:17-22

Pastor: Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.
People: Open our eyes, that we may see wonderful things from Thy Word.

God Keeps His People
Rev. Tim Rackley
(scroll down for sermon outline notes)

Prayer of Application

Hymn: My Faith Looks Up to Thee #528

RECEIVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

RESPONDING TO THE WORD OF GOD

Hymn: How Firm a Foundation #94

Benediction
Pastor: “May your eyes see the King in His beauty, that you might view a land that stretches afar; like Abraham, who looked to a city, whose  architect and builder is God.”  Amen –Isaiah 33:17; Hebrews 11:10

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise him, all creatures, here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Postlude
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SERMON OUTLINE

God Keeps His People

The Scripture Reading:
Genesis 46:1-4; 47:27-31; 48:21; 50:1-14, 22-26
Hebrews 11:17-22

Point: Because God has proven His character, we must trust Him.

I. God Has Promised His Presence
A. God Reveals Himself
B. God Bestows Covenant Blessing

II. God Has Proven His Faithfulness
A. God Caused Israel to Prosper
B. God Was Faithful to Jacob

III. God has Called Us to Live by Faith
A. God Calls Us to Live in Light of His Promises
B. God Calls Us to Live Ordinary Life

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ASSISTING IN WORSHIP
Rev. Tim Rackley, Pastor                
Brad Doeden, Assisting Elder
Kyle Doeden, Pianist