Worship

9 & 11:15 a.m. every Sunday

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First Presbyterian Church
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Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Worship Guide

9 a.m.

Gathering Music: LEAD ME TO THE CROSS / STEADFAST

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: (based on Isaiah 43:19-21)

One: Let us worship God, who has done great things.

All: We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world.

One: Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in the wasteland.

All: We are the people God has formed through Christ; we worship him, and we rejoice!

One: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

All: We praise God for the grace that has saved us. Alleluia! We rejoice!

YOUR NAME IS POWER / THIS IS OUR GOD

First Scripture Lesson: Matthew 4:1-11 (p.957)

Prayers of The People & THE LORD’S PRAYER

ABIDE

Children’s Message

Sermon Title: “Fasting and Feasting”

Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18 9 (p.960), Esther 4:15-16 (p.491)  

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness (Ephesians 2:4-7)

ALL: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God! We are forgiven and called children of God.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

Communion Song: BEATITUDE

HERE’S MY HEART, LORD

Benediction

11:15 a.m.

Prelude:

Gathering Hymn: I COME WITH JOY (507) vs. 1-4

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: (based on Isaiah 43:19-21)

One: Let us worship God, who has done great things.

All: We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world.

One: Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in the wasteland.

All: We are the people God has formed through Christ; we worship him, and we rejoice!

One: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

All: We praise God for the grace that has saved us. Alleluia! We rejoice!

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH (473) vs. 1,2,4,5

First Scripture Lesson: Matthew 4:1-11 (p.957)

Prayers of The People & THE LORD’S PRAYER

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY (RED 383) vs. 1-2

Children’s Message

Sermon Title: “Fasting and Feasting”

Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18 9 (p.960), Esther 4:15-16 (p.491)  

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness (Ephesians 2:4-7)

ALL: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God! We are forgiven and called children of God.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

Communion Song: BEATITUDE

THERE IS A REDEEMER

Benediction

Discussion Questions
  • What are your thoughts on fasting?  Why?  What are your experiences with fasting?
  • What are the spiritual benefits of practicing fasting as a regular part of your spiritual disciplines?
  • In addition to fasting from food, are there other areas in your life that would benefit from fasting? (media, hobby, etc.) How are we blessed by the practice of denying ourselves?
  • What is one step forward or the next flourishing step you can take right now when it comes to fasting?