A Congregation of the Reformed Church in America

Sunday Worship Service -
Sunday School -
Coffee & refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the Worship Service


Prayer Team members will be available in the front of the Sanctuary to pray with you following the worship service.
Lakeview is accessible to persons with disabilities and looped for the hard of hearing.

  Order of Worship 

This is the first Sunday of Advent, a day that the Lord has made.

February 18, 2018                                                                                             10:00 AM

 Our Approach to God

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Choral Introit                 “The Lord is Near to Those Who Call Upon Him”               -Hopson     

*Opening Hymn #118                  “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”                               vv. 1, 2, 4             

 *Call to Worship                                                                                             -from Psalm 84 (NRSV)

            How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favour and honor.

No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.  O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.

*Opening Prayer                                                  

*Praise Songs

“Shout to the Lord”                              -Darlene Zschech © 1993, Hill Songs Australia

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You.

All of my days I want to praise the wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength,

Let ev’ry breath, all that I am, never cease to worship You.

Chorus:     Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing.

Power and majesty, praise to the King.

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name——-.

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,

Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand.

Nothing compares to the promise I have in—-You.

Nothing compares to the promise I have in—- You.

(Repeat Chorus)

“As The Deer Pants for the Water”                   -Martin Nystrom 1984 Maranatha! Music

As the deer pants for the water,

 so my soul longs after you;

 You alone are my heart’s desire

 and I long to worship you.

      Refrain:      You alone are my strength, my shield,

                             to you alone may my spirit yield;

                        You alone are my heart’s desire,

                             and I long to worship you.

 I want you more than gold or silver,

 only you can satisfy;

 You alone are the real joy giver

 and the apple of my eye. (Refrain)

  You’re my friend and you are my brother,

 even though you are a king;

 I love you more than any other,

 so much more than anything! (Refrain)

Call to Confession (Sung Refrain:  “Wonderful Cross”)

   O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name.

Scripture:                                                                                                                                     –Luke 22

            Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house.   Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on him.

Prayer of Confession

Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.  Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.  Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, and grant us peace. 

(Sung Refrain:  “Wonderful Cross”)

Words of Assurance                                                                                                      -1 Peter 2:22-24

‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’  When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.           

Choral Anthem                                        “Cherish the Cross”                           -Bennard, Stevens

Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts

*Doxology

            Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

            Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Monthly Mission                         Bivona Child Advocacy Center                     Lisle Coleman

The Word of God in Proclamation

 Scripture                                       Psalm 13 (Page 470)

                                                         This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 Sermon                                 A How-To Guide to Praying             

Our Response to God

 *Confession of Faith                                      Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,   the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,  the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,  and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Hymn of Response #98                  “Great is Thy Faithfulness”     

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

 Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.   Amen.                                                                

*Closing Song

“Rock of My Salvation”                                       -Teresa Muller 1986 Maranatha! Music

You are the rock of my salvation,

You are the strength of my life. 

You are my hope and inspiration,

Lord, unto you will I cry. 

 I believe in you, believe in you,

For your faithful love to me. 

You have been my help in time of need;

Lord, unto you will I cleave. (Repeat)

You are the rock of my salvation,

You are the strength of my life.

*Benediction

 Postlude

  Prayer Leader is available after the service, by the front door of the Sanctuary, to pray for your needs.

                                                                                                                                       …over…

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A N N O U N C E M E N T S              

Attendance Pads – Please check your pew for the attendance pad and pass it to your neighbor for his/her signature.  Thank you.

A special thank you to Lisle Coleman for speaking to us this morning on behalf of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Coffee Hour – Hostess for today’s Coffee Hour is Faye Cole.   Dates for hosting the Sunday Coffee Hour are still available.  Please consider picking a date to host this important time of fellowship for our members, friends, and guests.  Beverages and coffee are provided by Lakeview; snacks are optional.  Sign-up sheet is located in the Fellowship Hall.

Nursery – Nursery attendants for today are Joanna Rodriguez (Debbie Gill).  Nursery care is available during the worship service for children through the pre-school year.

Lenten Devotionals – Devotionals for the Lenten season have been placed on the table in the narthex.  Please take one copy of each for your family.

Prayer & Share Group – Meeting on February 20, 10:00 AM, Sunday School Classroom

 Bible Study Meeting – Meeting on February 21, 7:00 PM, Founders’ Room

Choir Rehearsal – Next rehearsal on February 21, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary.

Praise Band Rehearsal – Rehearsal on February 21, 6:00 PM, Sanctuary.

Communion will be served on Sunday, February 25

Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf February Focus Items:  Hot and cold cereal.

 Mission Share February Focus Items:  Toiletry items.  Also, any other types of items (including toilet paper) are greatly appreciated—and there is always a need for clothing, particularly winter clothing, at the present time.

Hats & Mittens ChestPlease remember to contribute to the “Chest” as we move through the remainder of the winter season.

Lakeviewer” – Due date for articles for the March “Lakeviewer is February 25.

 Prayer & Praise RequestsSharon Meyers will be away till March 18.  While she is away, Becky Hibbard will send out all email prayer and praise requests.  For those without email, call Becky at 506-2449.  Email Becky at lakeviewcommunitychurchreformed@yahoo.comLinda Viney will take the Sunday prayer/praise requests and send them to Becky so she can email them to everyone.  Call Marlene Morrison (225-1963) to place prayer requests on the LCC Prayer Chain.

Rochester Classis Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, at Trinity Reformed Church.  Committees meet at 11:00 AM with Worship and Business Meeting at 1:00 PM.

 Flowers in the Sanctuary this morning are from Jean Dibble in memory of Carol Hutchins.

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