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September 25, 2022

“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.” —Hebrews 11:13-14

WELCOME ANNOUNCMENTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

People: Fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, love him and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and keep his commandments.

Leader: To the Lord your God belong heaven and the earth and all that is in it; let us worship him.

*OPENING HYMN #333. 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!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O Lord, we have taken your grace for granted; it has failed to stun us today. We have believed that we deserved your grace and thus have mocked your gospel. We have run after vain idols and thus forsaken your sufficiency. We have not loved your church that you bought with your own blood. Forgive us, Lord. We have not loved you with our whole heart. It is only because of your compassions through Jesus Christ that we are not consumed. Lead us to repentance and save us from despair. We have no excuse, but we do have Jesus who has become sin for us so that, in him, we might become the righteousness of God. Help us to believe the gospel for your glory!

[Silent Confession] ASSURANCE OF PARDON

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Joshua 3:1-17

3 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the camp 3 and commanded the people, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, 4 so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, a distance of about two thousand cubits; do not come any nearer to it.’ 5 Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’ 6 To the priests Joshua said, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on in front of the people.’ So they took up the ark of the covenant and went in front of the people. 7 The Lord said to Joshua, ‘This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. 8 You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, “When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.”’ 9 Joshua then said to the Israelites, ‘Draw near and hear the words of the Lord your God.’ 10 Joshua said, ‘By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites: 11 the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is going to pass before you into the Jordan. 12 So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap.’ 14 When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. 15 Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, 16 the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing towards the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea,[a] were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

9 You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters;[c] we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. 11 As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12 urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 13 We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to You Lord Christ

SERMON: Len Tiso " Crossing the River

CALL FOR OFFERING

Glory 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 Apostle’s Creed (traditional)

Hymn #420 God of Grace and God of Glory

God Of Grace And God Of Glory On Your People Pour Your Power;
Crown Your Ancient Church’s Story, Bring Its Bud To Glorious Flower.
Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage, For The Facing Of This Hour,
For The Facing Of This Hour. Lo! The Hosts Of Evil Round Us
Scorn The Christ, Assail His Ways! From The Fears That Long Have Bound Us
Free Our Hearts To Faith And Praise. Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage,
For The Living Of These Days, For The Living Of These Days.

Cure Your Children’s Warring Madness; Bend Our Pride To Your Control;
Shame Our Wanton, Selfish Gladness, Rich In Things And Poor In Soul.
Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage, Lest We Miss Your Kingdom’s Goal,
Lest We Miss Your Kingdom’s Goal. Set our feet on lofty places;

Gird our lives that they my be; Amored with all Christ like graces;

Pledge to set all captives free; Grant us wisdom, grant us courage;

That we fail not them or thee; That we fail not them or thee;

Save Us From Weak Resignation To The Evils We Deplore;
Let The Gift Of Your Salvation Be Our Glory Evermore.
Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage, Serving You Whom We Adore,
Serving You Whom We Adore.

HOLY COMMUNION

*CLOSING HYMN #448 Lead On, O King Eternal

1 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.

2 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 Lead on, O King eternal: We follow, not with fears,
For gladness breaks like morning Where’er Thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted over us; We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest; Lead on, O God of might.

BENEDICTION AND CHORAL RESPONSE

Congregation sings God Be With You

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 in 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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