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July 14, 2024­­­

Acton Community Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 177, 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510

Message: 661-208-8032 w who ww.actonpc.org

1888 – 2024 Celebrating Heritage and Sharing Hope

 

“Always grace is previous. Grace is primary. We wake into a world we didn’t make, into a salvation we didn’t earn. Evening: God begins, without our help, his creative day. Morning: God calls us to enjoy and share and develop the work he initiated.” —Eugene Peterson

WELCOME, ANNOUNCMENTS, GUESTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

People: For the sake of my relatives and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Leader: For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

People: Our feet are standing with your gates, O Jerusalem. Peace be within your walls.

Leader: Let us worship God!

OPENING HYMN – #462 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

1 Savior, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

2 We are Thine; do Thou befriend us, Be the Guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, Seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear, O hear us when we pray;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3 Thou hast promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, Grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to Thee;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to Thee.

4 Early let us seek Thy favor; Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Thy love our beings fill:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou hast loved us, love us still.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We do not need to lift our hearts far, O God, for you are always near us. You bring your greatness down to our level. Your marvel is manifest wherever we look. You calm our souls through the gift of your Spirit. Not a day passes without a reminder that you care for our needs. All we need do is

be attentive to the signs of your righteousness, and the bounty of your kingdom will pervade all that we do. Heed our prayers of praise and thanksgiving as we place ourselves before your throne of grace.

SILENT CONFESSION PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 56:1-8

Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil. Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely separate me from his people’ and do not let the eunuch say, ‘I am just a dry tree.’ For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

The Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING Romans 11:13-24

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not vaunt yourselves over the branches. If you do vaunt yourselves, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, ‘Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.’ That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen, but God’s kindness towards you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.

The Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God

SERMON : Dr. Randy Working “The Kindness of God

CALL FOR OFFERING–Congregation sings

  1. 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.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Belgic Confession, Articles 3 & 7

Pastor: What do we believe regarding the Holy Scripture?

All: We believe that the Word of God was not sent or delivered by human will but by the Spirit of God…And that afterward God, from a special care for us and our salvation, commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit his revealed word to writing…Therefore, we call such writings holy and divine Scriptures. We believe that those Holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God and that whatever we ought to believe for salvation is sufficiently taught in them. For since the whole manner of worship, which God requires of us, is written in them at large, it is unlawful for anyone, even if it were an apostle or an angel from heaven, to teach otherwise than we are now taught in the Holy Scriptures.

HYMN – #42 - Seek Ye First

Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness,

And all these things shall be added unto you- Allelu, alleluia!

Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find,

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you- Allelu, alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

CLOSING HYMN #271 - Standing On the Promises

1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Thro' eternal ages let His praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain: Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing, I'm standing on the promises of God.

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

3 Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love's strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword, Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

4 Standing on the promises I cannot fall, List'ning every moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all, Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

BENEDICTION – The Lord Be With You

Congregation sings

God be with you till we meet again, By his counsels guide, uphold you, With his sheep securely fold you God be with you till we meet again.

**Offerings

1. May be deposited in the Offering Box by the Narthex.

2. Processed through “E-Give” online at actonpc.org

3. Send a check to Acton Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 177 Acton, Ca. 93510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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