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, and Holy Spirit April 15, 2012 The Lordâ€™s Day Welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus! If you are a guest with us, please be sure to sign our Welcome Pads when they are passed around 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 Glory In The Highest
You are the first, You go before, You are the last, You reign forevermore Your nameâ€™s in lights for all to see, the starry host declare Your glory Glory in the highest, glory in the highest, glory in the highest Apart from You there is no God, light of the world, the bright and morning star Your name will shine for all to see, You are the one, You are my glory And no one else could ever compare to You, Lord All the earth together declares..... Glory in the highest, glory in the highest Glory in the highest to You, Lord, to You, Lord (Alternate chorus) All the earth will sing Your praise, the moon and stars, the sun and rain Every nation will proclaim You are God and You will reign Glory, glory Hallelujah, glory, glory to You, Lord Glory, glory Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Welcome and Preparation for Worship The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean. ~ Jonathan Edwards You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16
Report of the Living Church
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THE LORD GIVES US HIS PRESENCE Call to Worship2
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Prayer of Adoration & Praise
Based on Psalm 133
Hymn of Praise Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day. God of glory, power, mercy, all creation praises Thee; We, Thy creatures, would adore Thee now and through eternity. Saved to magnify Thy goodness, grant us strength to do Thy will; With our acts as with our voices thy commandments to fulfill.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Brooke Makenzie & Drew Hardy Smith
Solemn Vows (PCA Book of Church Order ยง57-5) Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner 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 a follower of Christ? Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your abilities? Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
Prayer for the Smith Children
Elder Mike McMahan
THE LORD GIVES US HIS GRACE We Confess Our Sins Together Our Father, in your great power you raised Jesus from the dead on the third day, because death could never hold him! And in your rich mercy you raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places. You have re-created us in Christ Jesus, in order that we should walk in newness of life. But we confess that we have been unfaithful to you. We have sinned against you every day in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Gracious God, have 2
We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with his invitation and command to us to gather in His name.
compassion on us for the sake of your dear Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. And grant to us each day the grace of your Holy Spirit that we would, more and more, die unto sin and live unto righteousness. ...Silent & Personalized Confession of Sin... Amen!
Words of Assurance
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Father, Long Before Creation
Father, long before creation, Thou had’st chosen us in love, And that love so deep, so moving, draws us close to Christ above. Still it keeps us, still it keeps us, firmly fixed in Christ alone. God’s compassion is my story, is my boasting all the day; Mercy free and never failing, moves my will, directs my way. God so loved us, God so loved us, that His only Son He gave. Loving Father now before Thee, we will ever praise Thy love, And our songs will sound unceasing, ’til we reach our home above, Giving glory, giving glory, to our God and to the Lamb Giving glory, giving glory, to our God and to the Lamb.
Holy Is the Lord, God Almighty Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the earth is filled with His glory! Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the earth is filled with His glory! The earth is filled with His glory! We stand and lift up our hands, For the joy of the Lord is our strength. We bow down and worship Him now, How great, how awesome is He. And together we sing, everyone sing. It is rising up all around, It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown. It’s rising up all around, It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown. Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, Holy, Holy
All my life long I had panted For a drink from some cool spring That I hoped would quench the burning Of the thirst I felt within. Hallelujah! He has found me, The One my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies all my longings Through his blood I now am saved. Poor I was and sought for riches, Something that would satisfy; But the dust I gathered ’round me Only mocked my soul’s sad cry. Well of water ever springing, Bread of Life so rich and free; Untold wealth that never faileth, My Redeemer is to me.
Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petition
Elder George Godwin
His Tithes & Our Offerings Anthem
Trust in the Lord
Dare 2 Declare
THE LORD GIVES US HIS WORD Sermon3
Pastor Roy Hubbard “The Gospel According to Zechariah” Zechariah 3:1-7
Pastor: On that day the Lord their God will save them, People: as the flock of his people! Pastor: For like the jewels of a crown People: they shall shine on his land! All: For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
4, 5, & 6 year-old children may be dismissed before the sermon to Godly Play in room 173.
THE LORD GIVES US HIS SACRAMENT 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.
The Power of the Cross Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day. Christ on the road to Calvary. Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten then. Nailed to a cross of wood. This, the pow’r of the cross. Christ became sin for us. Took the blame, bore the wrath. We stand forgiven at the cross. Oh to see the pain written on Your face. Bearing the awesome weight of sin. Ev’ry bitter thought, ev’ry evil deed Crowning Your bloodstained brow. Now the daylight flees, now the ground beneath Quakes as its maker bows His head. Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life. “Finished!” the vict’ry cry. Oh to see my name written in Your wounds, For through Your suf'fring I am free. Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live, Won through Your selfless love! This the pow’r of the cross. Son of God slain for us. What a life, what a cost. We stand forgiven at the cross.
THE LORD GIVES US HIS BLESSING Benediction4
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
His body the bread His blood the wine Broken and poured out all for love The whole earth trembled and the veil was torn Love so amazing love so amazing Jesus Messiah Name above all names Blessed Redeemer Emmanuel The Rescue for sinners The Ransom from heaven Jesus Messiah Lord of all Jesus Messiah Lord of all
Welcome, Pastor Roy Hubbard! Roy Hubbard, RUF Campus Minister at Alabama A&M. Roy grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was one of 5 children. From there he attended Louisiana State University where he earned a degree in Elementary Education. While at LSU, he was involved with RUF and was a member of South Baton Rouge Presbyterian (PCA). In July of 2005, he began the Masters of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson and finished in May of 2008. While in seminary, Roy married Emily Chapman of Starkville, Mississippi in March of 2007. They have one daughter, Iris, and a son, Jonas, and are expecting their 3rd child in July.
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
“The Gospel According to Zechariah” Zechariah 3:1-7 Pastor Roy Hubbard I.
The Gospel Addresses Our Sin
II. The Gospel Addresses Our Righteousness
III. The Gospel Addresses Our Works
Sermons are available at the church web site www.decaturpca.org
YBR at the Schmidts’
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 May 3
National Day of Prayer
Decatur Steeplechase 8K
Kids Choir End of Year Parties
DPC Mother’s Day Breakfast
Ever After: Building Stronger Marriages
Worship Choir & Band Music Appreciation Banquet
Call Family Missionary Visit 8
DPC ANNOUNCEMENTS A Note From Elder Blake Temple
Faith Promise 2011-2012 Update At DPC our support of world missions comes from a separate fund than that of the general budget. Our global missionaries are supported from the Faith Promise budget. If you’d like to make a gift to Faith Promise, just designate it so on your check. Pledge Total: $66,920 Pledged Given YTD: $56,021 Unpledged Given YTD: $34,495
Dear Church Family, One of the many things that have impressed me about the PCA, is that we have a system of church governance that allows the local church to run their church while at the same time providing help and oversight from Presbytery during times of need. Southwood Presbyterian Church’s congregation recently requested assistance from the Presbytery and as a consequence the Presbytery has appointed a commission of Teaching and Ruling Elders to serve Southwood’s congregation as a temporary Session. The temporary Session will assist them in their reconciliation efforts within their local church body and assist them in their process of nominating, training, and electing their next group of Ruling Elders. The temporary Session will be in place no longer than (180) days, which began on April 1st. I am one of the Ruling Elders appointed to be on the temporary Session for Southwood. As a result, I will not be in regular Sunday attendance at DPC, as I will need to be at Southwood in order to better assist them for the next six months. So, I humbly ask that you pray for Southwood during this time as well as for wisdom and discernment for the temporary Session as we serve their church. I will miss seeing you on Sunday mornings and the ability to be physically present with you as we unite in the worship of our King. Thank you for your prayers and support. Blake
Medical Mission Trip to DR PLEASE PRAY! Dr. Jay Suggs (medical) & Dr. Dale Hambright (dental) are leading a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic April 20 - 27. They are working with DPC supported missionary, Dr. Silvia Martinez. Pray for physical needs to be met in order to open the door to meet spiritual needs.
Many of you may have seen the email last week regarding Dr. Martinez’s urgent need for $3200 to purchase much needed medicine! Praise the Lord that He has seen fit to meet that need through the people of DPC! Thank you for your faithfulness to meet the needs of a lost and dying world that desperately needs the Gospel! If you feel God leading you to help with this need, you may still do so through a check to DPC, but please include the “DR Medicine” on the memo portion of your check. 9
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” ~Samuel Chadwick
For Children Rising K - 5th
Mark your calendars!
June 25 - 29
Terrific Tuesdays in April! Ladies, join us in the Food Court on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30am for a spring Bible study: based on Proverbs 31 led by Pastor Tommy Lee! Child care available!
Thursday, May 3 24 HR Prayer Chain “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12 “Sign up for a 30 minute slot to pray for our Nation! Email Bill before all the “good” times are gone!”
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Lasagna / Garden Salad Rolls Tea & Lemonade Kids: Nuggets
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DPC UPDATE: DPC WORLD MISSIONS Christ commands us to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations (Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:4547). A church is directly involved in God’s “World Mission” in its local area. However, we are also called to support the spread of the gospel throughout the rest of the world, through both spiritual and material support of churches and church planters. DPC currently follows God’s calling to World Missions by supporting six missionaries: Daniel Cohee (church pastor in Taiwan); Joel and Judy Linton (church planter in Taiwan); Ray and Michelle Call (church planter in Mexico); Bill and Cheryl Nikides (pastor supporting churches in Muslim countries and communities); Wayne and Amy Newsome (church planters in Japan); and Dr. Silvia Martinez (serves the Dominican Republic through health and medical ministries). We will be mailing prayer cards to the congregation shortly so that you can keep each in your prayers. DPC’s philosophy is to significantly support a limited amount of missionaries (roughly 10% of their total budget) in order to 1) give the missionaries some stability and reduce the number of churches they need to stay in contact with and 2) to give our congregation the ability to develop deep relationships with our missionaries so that we can be a more real part of their lives and ministries. In order to stay in contact and develop those relationships, each Care Group is assigned a missionary family to keep in touch with, update the congregation on, pray for, and actively support. A large part of what DPC has been involved with for many years are annual short term mission trips to the Dominican Republic to work with Dr. Martinez. We ask that each member of DPC pray about and consider going on one of these trips. God has used these trips to have a great impact in both the lives of the Dominicans and the Americans involved. Carol Godwin is leading several trips from May 28th to June 25th. Please be in prayer for these trips. Also, Dr. Jay Suggs and Dr. Dale Hambright are going on a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic April 20-27. They also are raising money for the medicine they will be taking with them. Please be in prayer for them. All World Missions support at DPC is funded through Faith Promise. This time every year the congregation is asked to pledge in faith an amount to give to world missions through the year. This is money that God will provide above your tithe (sometimes it’s an unexpected windfall, sometimes it’s purposefully doing without something throughout the year). Pray that God gives us the courage to follow His call to support those spreading His Gospel to all nations. Please be in prayer about how you can support God's work around the world through giving through Faith Promise, going on a short term trip, praying for our missionaries, or joining the DPC World Missions Team. If you would like to know more about the DPC World Missions Team please see any of the current members: David and Kendra Mulligan; Greg and Debbie Smith; John Eyster; Scott and Julie Missildine; Lucinda Beddow; Wally and Linda Keasler; Wade and Leigh Littrell; Mike and Leslie Sexton.