Sunday Morning

Normal Schedule

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.      Worship*
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.    Bible studies for all ages
11:00 a.m. - Noon  Worship*

*Care and age-appropriate learning experiences provided for preschoolers (birth-5 years). Young elementary-age children provided additional 11:00 a.m. worship opportunities September – May. 

Sermon Series: Christianity 101

Our pastor is starting a new sermon series on Sunday, October 11. Topics will include “Why Read the Bible?” (October 11); “Who Is God?” (October 18); “What about Us?” (October 25); “Making Things Right” (November 1); “Who Needs the Church?” (November 8); and “What Comes Next?” (November 15). After the 8:30 service each week Dr. Somerville will walk down the hall to the Adams Room for something called “Sermon Talkback” (8:45-9:45), where everyone is invited to come and ask their own questions about the Bible, God, Humanity,
Redemption, the Church, and the Last Things.

8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship Service for Sunday, October 11, 2015

  • Watch LIVE via webcast.
  • Jim Somerville preaching.
  • Music by Church Choir; Ann Carter, David Carter and Richard Szucs; One Accord. (Music on this website is licensed through CCLI.)
  • Download the Sunday bulletin.

Scripture Readings

  • Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Access the full Lectionary.

WebClass Bible Study

On WRIC TV8 at 11 a.m.

  • Worship service of Sunday, October 4, 2015. Sermon available as podcast.
  • Jim Somerville preaching.
  • Music by Daniel Nunn, Kevin Beale, Jody Bruce and Church Choir and guest organist Chris Ward.

Watch previous sermons, musical pieces and WebClass discussions on Vimeo. Sermons are also available on YouTube and as podcasts. Read last Sunday's sermon.

Preparation for Worship

“To trust him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
—C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Welcome and InvocationRobert Thompson

Organ Prelude, “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus”  arr. Hustad

Call to Worship (from Hebrews 11:1, 11-12; 2 Cor. 4:16-18)Robert Thompson
    Leader:    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
        the conviction of things not seen.
    People:    By faith Abraham believed the promises of God.
    Leader:    And so became the father of a great nation, even in his old age.
    People:    So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature
        is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
    Leader:    For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us
        for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
    People:    Because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen;
        for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Hymn No. 425, “How Firm a Foundation”foundation
Children are invited to meet the pastor at the front during the last stanza.

Children’s Sermon    Jim Somerville

The Church on MissionCharles Tilley

Hymn No. 72, “Day by Day”blott en dag

Pastoral PrayerAnn  Carter

Hymn, “Faith Begins by Letting Go”dix

Faith begins by letting go, giving up what had seemed sure,
taking risks and pressing on, though the way feels less secure:
pilgrimage both right and odd, trusting all our life to God.

Faith endures by holding on, keeping mem’ry’s roots alive
so that hope may bear its fruit; promise-fed, our souls will thrive,
not through merit we possess but by God’s great faithfulness.

Faith matures by reaching out, stretching minds, enlarging hearts,
sharing struggles, living prayer, binding up the broken parts;
till we find the commonplace ripe with witness to God’s grace.

Offertory PrayerNick Deere

Offertory        “The Mission”    Mohr
Phil Mitchell, soloist

Doxology, No. 706old 100th

Dedication of GiftsLynn Turner

The Old Testament Lesson, Genesis 15:1-6  (Pew Bible OT page 14)Lynn Turner

Anthem                “A Promise for Strength”Schwoebel
Church Choir

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
They that wait shall be renewed.

Sermon    “Five Smooth Stones: Faith”Jim Somerville
Matthew 17:14-20 (Pew Bible NT page 23)

Hymn No. 509, “Trust and Obey”    trust and obey

The Life of the CommunityJim Somerville

The Charge and BenedictionJim Somerville

Postlude, “When I Can Read My Title Clear”  arr. Wood

We express our appreciation to Paul Honaker for leading worship from the organ today.