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Pastor’s Note Dear Ones, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. The hallmark of the life joined in union with Christ is freedom. Our lives are so much richer and fuller than our Old Testament brothers and sisters. Though God was present and guiding by the cloud(s), it was still largely impersonal and binding. Today, we have the Word, and the Spirit, to guide us and remind us of the ongoing presence of God in our lives. No need for clouds for people indwelt by the Spirit of God. Warmly, Steve

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G O D T H E FAT H E R C A L L S U S T O W O R S H I P H I M

Preparation for Worship CLOUD & FIRE “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 “The glorified, ascended, still incarnate Jesus is in the Holy Place, within the true tabernacle of which every earthly house of worship is at best a shadow. Yet in the Holy Spirit He is not removed from us. The Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, and brings His presence to us in worship…. We may call the people to worship with the astounding news that Jesus is here with outstretched arms declaring to us the name of God, and declaring to God the names of His brothers and sisters assembled.” – Gerrit Scott Dawson

Ordinary Time The Christian year, anchored in the main events of the New Testament, provides a pattern for understanding the Christian life. We are now in the season after Pentecost, known as “Ordinary Time.” Having celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church at Pentecost, Ordinary Time signals the interim of the Church until Christ comes again in glory. Jesus is faithfully advancing His Kingdom in the power of His Spirit in this season. We anticipate the consummation of all things when Christ comes in glory as King of all.

Call to Worship Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

from Psalm 146 The First Word Because we believe God initiates with sinners, we begin worship with His Word: His invitation to us to gather in His name.

Blessed is he whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, Who keeps faith forever; Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, Praise the Lord! wepc.org

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Song of Adoration KINDNESS Text/Tune: Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio © 2000 sixsteps Music Used by permission. CCLI #708363 “Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4

Open up the skies of mercy, Rain down the cleansing flood, Healing waters rise around us; Hear our cries, Lord, let ‘em rise!

It’s Your kindness, Lord, that leads us to repentance. Your favor, Lord, is our desire. It’s Your beauty, Lord, that makes us stand in silence. And Your love, Your love, is better than life!

We believe Your mercy falling, You turn our hearts back again, Hear our praises rise to heaven, Draw us near, Lord, meet us here!

Confession of Sin based on Psalm 51, Micah 6:8; Luke 10:27 Confession & Encouragement Often we find that our hearts are worshipping something other than God. In confessing our sins, the Holy Spirit probes our hearts and minds and graciously shows us what we mistakenly believe will give us life. Jesus is good to lead us from sorrow over our sin to the sweetness of His grace.

Most merciful God, Heavenly Father; who forgives all who repent and turn to You in faith; we humbly confess our sins and are in need of Your grace. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justly, nor loved mercy, nor walked humbly with You, our God. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your tender mercies, blot out our iniquity. Create in us a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within us. Cast us not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen Silent Confession

Words of Encouragement Ephesians 1:7

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In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Welcome

We worship a welcoming God Visitors, we are glad you are here. Following the service, please join Pastor Steve Shelby for coffee in the Gallery.

New Member Presentation Tommy & Lexi Doyle (9 AM) Will Phillips (10:30 AM)

Covenant Baptisms

WEPC Elder Changjwok Deng presented members at 9 and 10:30 AM.

(10:30 AM)

Huck Alexander Combs Vincent William Combs IV Sage Keerath Henigin

Pastor Kevin Greene administered covenant baptism at 10:30 AM.

New Testament Reading We know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world. 

I John 4:13-17

Ministry of Prayer

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Song of Praise GLORIA PATRI

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APPROACH, MY SOUL, THE MERCY SEAT

Text: John Newton (1779) Tune: ETERNAL FOUNTAIN (Mason, 1830) “Since we have a great high priest…let us approach the throne of grace with confidence.” – Hebrews 4:14,16

1. Approach, my soul, the Mercy seat, Where Jesus answers prayer; There humbly fall before His feet, For none can perish there. For none can perish there, For none can perish there; There humbly fall before His feet, For none can perish there. 2. Thy promise is my only plea, With this I venture nigh; Thou callest burdened souls to Thee, And such, O Lord, am I. And such, O Lord, am I And such, O Lord, am I; Thou callest burdened souls to Thee, And such, O Lord, am I. 3. Bowed down beneath a load of sin By Satan sorely pressed; By wars without, and fears within I come to Thee for rest. 6

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I come to Thee for rest, I come to Thee for rest; ‘Mid wars without, and fears within I come to Thee for rest.

4. Be Thou my Shield and Hiding Place! That, sheltered near Thy side, I may my fierce accuser face, And tell him, “Thou hast died!” And tell him, “Thou hast died,” And tell him, “Thou hast died;” I may my fierce accuser face, And tell him, “Thou hast died!” 5. O wondrous Love! to bleed and die, To bear the Cross and shame; That guilty sinners such as I, Might plead Thy gracious name. Might plead Thy gracious name, Might plead Thy gracious name; That guilty sinners such as I, Might plead Thy gracious name.

G O D T H E S O N R E N E W S U S T H RO U G H H I S WO R D

Scripture Reading On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. 18 At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they remained in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they set out. 21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. 22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. 23 At the command of the Lord they camped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses. 15 

Numbers 9:15-23

Sermon A Worship Guide with sermon notes and recordings is posted each Sunday at www.wepc.org/sermons.

Children’s Worship (10:30 AM) See page 12 for more information.

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G O D T H E H O LY S P I R I T T R A N S F O R M S U S B Y H I S G R A C E

Offering Songs of Response to God’s Grace GUIDE ME, O MY GREAT REDEEMER Text: William WIlliams (1745) Tune: Jeremy Casella ©2002 2037 Music (ASCAP). admin. by The Loving Company CCLI #708363 “He will be our guide even to the end.” – Psalm 48:14

1. Guide me, O my great Redeemer, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but You are mighty; Hold me with Your powerful hand. Bread of heaven, Feed me now and evermore; Bread of heaven, Feed me now and evermore. 2. Open now the crystal fountain, Where the healing waters flow; Let the fire and cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliverer, Ever be my Strength and Shield. Strong Deliverer, Ever be my Strength and Shield. 3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell’s destruction, Land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, I will ever give to You; Songs of praises, I will ever give to You.

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PASS ME NOT, O GENTLE SAVIOR Text: Fanny Crosby (1868) Tune: William H. Doane (1870) “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise... not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – II Peter 3:9

1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art smiling, Do not pass me by.

3. Trusting only in thy merit, Would I seek Thy face; Heal my wounded, broken spirit, Save me by Thy grace.

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Doxology

Doxology Text: Thomas Ken (1709) Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (Bourgeois, 1551) “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:6 What does “doxology” mean? It’s a word derived from two Greek words meaning ”glory” and “word.” A doxology, then, is a spoken word or song that ascribes glory to God. Today’s doxology calls all of creation to praise God as the source of all blessing and acknowledges His Trinitarian (three-in-one) nature.

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Benediction

After the service, the Elders are available at the front of the sanctuary for prayer or to answer questions about the sermon or West End Presbyterian Church. Pastor Steve Shelby preached today’s sermon. WEPC Elder & Director of Neighborhood Outreach Changjwok Deng led worship. Pastor Kevin Greene led congregational singing along with Lori Bowman, Sonya Smith, Rick McMahon, Taylor Barnett, Suzie Bird, Donald Smith, Harrison Weippert, and Jason Weippert. 10

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