Decatur Presbyterian Church, p.c.a. a Community of Grace For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesusâ€™ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5
The Worship of Father, Son & Holy Spirit February 19, 2012 The Lord’s Day Welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus! If you are a guest with us, please be sure to sign our Registry when it is passed before the service. Children are welcome in our worship. We have a nursery available for children 3 and under. Children 4 to 6 years of age may be dismissed to Godly Play prior to the sermon. Thank you for joining us today and may the Lord richly bless you.
Song of Assembly1 Arise, My Soul, Arise
Arise, my soul arise, shake off your guilty fears, The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears. Before the throne, my Surety stands, before the throne, my Surety stands, My name is written on His hands. Arise, arise, arise, arise my soul, arise! Arise, arise, arise, arise my soul, arise, Shake off your guilty fear and rise! He ever lives above for me to intercede, His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead, His blood atoned for every race, His blood atoned for every race, And sprinkles now the throne of grace. Five bleeding wounds He bears received on Calvary, They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me, “Forgive him, oh forgive,” they cry, “forgive him, oh forgive,” they cry, “Nor let that ransomed sinner die.” My God is reconciled, His pardoning voice I hear, He owns me for His child, I can no longer fear, With confidence I now draw nigh, with confidence I now draw nigh, And “Father, Abba, Father” cry.
Welcome and Preparation for Worship And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Was it not truly brave of our dear Lord to sing under such circumstances? He was going forth to his last dread conflict, to Gethsemane, and Gabbatha, and Golgotha; yet he went with a song on his lips. He must have led the singing, for the disciples were too sad to start the hallel with which the paschal feast closed. ~Charles Spurgeon 1
All songs used by permission or covered under CCLI license # 391165.
The Lord Calls Us to Worship Him Call to Worship2
Hebrews 12:18, 19, 22-24, 28-29
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
Prayer of Adoration & Praise
Based on Psalm 50
Hymn of Praise Crown Him with Many Crowns
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne, Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, And hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave, Who rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, Who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die. Crown him the Lord of heav’n, One with the Father known One with the Spirit thro’ Him giv’n from yonder glorious throne To thee be endless praise for thou for us has died. Be thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days Adored and magnified!
Reading of the Word & Confession of Faith
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Pastor: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: People: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.
We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with his invitation and command to us to gather in His name.
The Lord Graciously Renews Us in Christ Confession of Sin Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. ...Silent & Personalized Confession of Sin... Amen!
Romans 8:1; Psalm 103:8, 10-12
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.... The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Our God
Water You turned into wine, opened the eyes of the blind There’s no one like You, none like You Into the darkness You shine, out of the ashes we rise There’s no one like You, none like You Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God You are higher than any other Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God... Into the darkness you shine, out of the ashes we Rise There’s no one like You, none like You. And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us And if our God is with us, then what could stand against? And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us And if our God is with us, then what could stand against? What could stand against?
Lead On, O King Eternal Lead on, O King eternal, the day of march has come; Henceforth in fields of conquest, thy tents shall be our home. Through days of preparation, thy grace has made us strong; And now, O King eternal, we lift our battle song. Lead on, O King eternal, till sin’s fierce war shall cease, And holiness shall whisper, the sweet amen of peace. For not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums; With deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes. 3
So lead on, O King, Lead on, O King, Lead on, O King, Lead on. Lead on, O King eternal, we follow, not with fears, For gladness breaks like morning where’er thy face appears. Thy cross is lifted o’er us, we journey in its light; The crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might.
In Christ Alone
In Christ Alone my hope is found, He is my strength, my light, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand. In Christ alone! Who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe! This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save. Till on that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied, My every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ I live. There in the ground His body lay, light of the world in darkness slain: Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave he rose again! And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ. No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petition
Elder Chip Walraven
His Tithes & Our Offerings
The Lord Teaches Us His Word Sermon3
Pastor Tommy Lee Series: “My Time is at Hand.” (Matt. 26:18) V. “...if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself...” Matthew 26:30-35
4, 5, & 6 year-old children may be dismissed before the sermon to Godly Play in room 173.
We Respond Forever
Give thanks to the Lord Our God and King, His love endures forever. For He is good, He is above all things, His love endures forever. Sing Praise! Sing Praise! With a mighty hand and outstretched arm, His love endures forever. For the life that’s been reborn, His love endures forever. Sing praise! Sing praise! Sing Praise! Sing praise! Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong, Forever God is with us, forever and ever, forever. From the rising to the setting sun, His love endures forever. By the grace of God we will carry on, His love endures forever. Sing praise! Sing praise! Sing praise! Sing praise!
The Lord Meets Us at His Table Two Covenant Children Come to the Table
Allie Blevins & Emily Grace Lyons
Solemn Vows (PCA Book of Church Order §57-5) Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope except through His sovereign mercy? Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel? Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes followers of Christ? Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your abilities? Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Communion, also called The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live in a deeper communion with Jesus. If you are not a Christian, or you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the Church. 5
By His Wounds
He was pierced for our transgressions He was crushed for our sins The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed We are healed by Your sacrifice In the life that You gave We are healed for You paid the price By Your grace we are saved We are saved What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
The Lord Blesses Us and Sends Us Out Benediction4
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
We Are the Body of Christ
One heart, one Spirit, one voice to praise You, We are the body of Christ. One goal, one vision, to see You exalted, We are the body of Christ. And to this we give our lives To see You glorified. One heart, one Spirit, one voice to praise You, We are the body of Christ. We are the body of Christ.
Just as God called us into His presence at the beginning, so now He commands His blessing upon us as we depart. We look up and extend our hands in a posture of thanksgiving as we receive this great gift. Our final response to Godâ€™s assurance of His peace and presence upon those who are in Christ is a chorus of joyful song. 4
Series: “My Time is at Hand.” (Matt. 26:18) V. “...if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself...” Matthew 26:30-35 Pastor Tommy Lee I. Jesus — the Sovereign, Gracious, Risen, Shepherd King
II. Peter — the Father of Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer, & Tim Tebow
III. The Rest of the Story...
Sermons are available at the church web site www.decaturpca.org
Bridal Tea for Whitney Weatherford
THIS WEEK Tuesday, 9:30am Wednesday, 11:30am 5:30pm 6:00pm
Women’s Bible Study @ DPC (nursery provided)
Men’s Bible Study @ ADTRAN Dinner / Guests Welcome Kid's Choirs: 5 Year Olds - 2nd Grade / Kids of the King 3rd Grade - 8th Grade / Dare 2 Declare YBR Small Groups (9th - 12th Grade) Midweek Bible Study Worship Choir Practice 4 Year Olds & Kindergarten / Kid's Quest 1st -2nd Grade / Discovery Club 3rd -5th Grade / Discovery Club Stampede (6th - 8th Grade) Praise Band Practice
Women’s Bible Study @ Neighborhood Christian Center
Men’s Bible Study @ Temple, Inc.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR February 20 March 2-3 March 4 March 11 June 18-22 July 9-14
HS Juniors & Seniors Visit Auburn RUF Iron Men Retreat (held right here at DPC) DPC Breakfast Story Ever After: Building Stronger Marriages The Edge RYM
Authentic Iron Men DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN
AUTHENTIC IRON MAN? March 2-3, 2012 Decatur Presbyterian Church 2306 Modaus Road
Speakers: Rev. Phil Reddick Executive Director and Founder ~Young Business Leaders Mr. Dave Lewis Shepherding Pastor ~Briarwood Presbyterian Church
Friday Night: 6:00 PM-$5 BBQ 6:30-8:30 PM Saturday Morning: 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon
RUF Trip to Auburn For HS Juniors & Seniors February 20
Please join us for a
Please contact Steve today if you plan to go!
Congratulations To Jacob & Erika Ladner, who are expecting their first child in August!
Whitney Weatherford Today @ 2:00pm
at the home of Vicki Stephenson DPC CHURCH BREAKFAST!
2122 Chapel Hill Road SW
Our next church-wide breakfast will be Sunday, March 4! Breakfast to all will be served at 9:30am, in lieu of the normal Sunday School and Adult Christian Education Classes. Plan to join us! After breakfast, Bill Nelson will speak — giving us an introduction to himself and his family, and also telling us something of his vision for his ministry among us as the Director of Family Ministries at DPC.
(carpooling will help with parking)
Selections at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target and Pottery Barn GET MORE CONNECTED There are three e-mail lists at DPC: the church list, the Iron Men list, and the Women of Grace list. If you are not signed up for one or more of these lists but would like to be, please send an e-mail to Debbie at email@example.com.
Faith Promise DPC’s support of our world missionaries is funded through our Faith Promise budget. Remember — pledges are due by the end of March!
Baked Ham / Pintos Turnip Greens / Cornbread Tea & Lemonade Kids: Nuggets
PHOTO DIRECTORY! LAST CHANCE!!!!! If you want your photo included in the new pictorial directory, please come to the Gathering Room TODAY immediately after the service to have your photo taken. If you want to submit a photo, it must be done NOW!! (Otherwise we will use the donkey photos you saw last week!!) Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it by the church office. Questions? Email Jean Watkins at email@example.com or call her at 256-686-1741. Thanks to everyone who has participated!
Tear here and place in the offering plate
Please e-mail your dinner reservations and/or changes to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office @ 351-6010 ext. 2. Name: ________________________________________ No. of meals: Adult _________ Kids ________ Name: ________________________________________ Date: _________________________________________ No. of meals: Adult __________ Kids ________
Proverbs 27.17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Men, if we’re not intentionally sharpening one another, that usually means that we're being dulled by the world. There’s not a lot of middle ground when it comes to our souls. That’s why the Iron Men of DPC exists! We need friendship with one another, so that we can keep one another “sharp” through mutual brotherly encouragement, counsel, correction, and challenge. One way the Iron Men of DPC pursue this kind of sharpening is through Men’s Bible Studies. In the Fall of every year, we meet together on Tuesday mornings for Bible Study in a large group. In the Spring of every year, we meet in small groups that are spread throughout the area and meet throughout the week. We are currently studying Proverbs in small groups. And Proverbs is a great book for men to discuss together! Because you know what – there are details of my character & your character that may be small enough to “escape notice” when we’re studying the thundering of the Law or the broadsides of the Prophets ... and yet, they matter. And they are decisive in what kind of life we end up living. This is the arena of the Proverbs. What am I like to live with? To employ? How do I manage myself? My time? My affairs? What kind of habits am I developing? What would wisdom have to say to me about how I talk? What my aims are? What kind of friend I am? What kind of neighbor I am? What I do with my money? How I approach my God? Proverbs gets inside our skin about all of those things & more & points us to the glory that is Christ & the “skill in living well” that is found by those who follow him with all their hearts. But the Iron Men of DPC don’t just study together. We also serve together! For example, a couple of months ago several Iron Men enjoyed some Saturday mornings together doing some house repair and painting for a family in need. How can you find out what’s going on with the Iron Men of DPC? One good way is to get on the Iron Men e-mail list! Just e-mail email@example.com, and we’ll get you signed up. One of the major Iron Men moments in the year to come will be the Authentic
Retreat! It will be March 2 & 3, right here at DPC, with speakers Phil Reddick and Dave Lewis. To get more information on the retreat, pick up an informational card from the round table in the welcome center. “It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Iron Men of DPC Forged by God; Sharpened by Brothers
Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another.
~ Proverbs 27:17