Sermon
The Work of Elders
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor
Titus 1:9-16

Service

Grace Alone
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Call to Worship
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.

He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
He makes springs gush forth in the valleys.
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate.

He spread out the lights in the heavens,
and the wild beasts are fed by his hand.
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!
From Psalm 104

Fortress (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God)
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Confession
Almighty God, we confess how hard it is to be your people.
You have called us to be the church,
But we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.

You have equipped us for every good work in the body
Yet we confess that we have been dim lights in the world
And often the world has shown brighter in our churches than the church in the world.
O Lord, have mercy upon us.

And grant, O merciful God, for the sake of the gospel and your glory,
that we may live holy, just, and humble lives.
Let your word shine brightly in our hearts and minds
And expose the hidden places where we have grown comfortable with sin and error.
Christ have mercy upon us.

My God
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Assurance of Pardon
We  were dead in the trespasses and sins and followed the course of this world.
We all once lived in the passions of our flesh,
carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,
and
were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.

By grace you have been saved.
He raised us up with him and seated us with him
in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

so that he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,
not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
From Ephesians 2:1-10

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
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How Great Thou Art
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Benediction
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

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