Ward Hill Church of Christ the King
A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love
The Lord’s Day, April 23, in the Lord’s Year 2023
Third Sunday of Easter
Please speak bold words and sing italicized words. *we invite you to stand if able.
Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen!
* Hymn 285 Jesus, Lord, Redeemer KING’S WESTON
* Confession of Sin: Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Declaration of Forgiveness: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
* New Life in Christ: If you love God, keep his commandments. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
* Response (Hymn 267, verse 3) LANCASHIRE
Now let the heav’ns be joyful, let earth her song begin; let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein; invisible and visible, their notes let all things blend, for Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.
O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.
* Gloria Patri (Hymn 735) GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)
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.
* The Peace of Christ Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!
The peace of the Risen Christ be with you. And also with you.
Welcome & Announcements; Scripture & Catechism – see Bell Ringer
Hymn 106 Father, Father of All Things
Song –Lord, I lift Your name on high, Lord, I love to sing Your praises,
I’m so glad You’re in my life, I’m so glad You came to save us.
You came from Heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross,
My debt to pay, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high.
Gathering Prayer (Collect for Easter III): O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for the Reading of the Holy Scriptures
Acts 2:14a,36-41 Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 The Word of the Lord.
1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Thanks be to God.
Sermon – “We Should All Live in ‘Philadelphia’”
The Apostles’ Creed – hymnal page 845
Prayers of the People, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer (saying ‘debts’)
Offertory (Hymn 729) HERR JESU CHRIST
All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.
* Doxology (Hymn 731) OLD HUNDREDTH
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
* Offertory Prayer
* Hymn 275 The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done PALESTRINA
The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer
The Lord’s Day, April 23, 2023 – Easter III
Midweek Prayer – This Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm
Lectionary and Hymns for Next Sunday, April 30, 2023
Season: Eastertide–50 days from Easter Day to Pentecost (Apr 9–May 28, 2023)
Color: White – for the glory of Christ’s resurrection life
Christ the Good Shepherd Sunday, 4th Sunday of Easter, April 30
Lectionary: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
Hymns: 184 – The King of Love My Shepherd Is; 87 – The Lord’s My Shepherd Is, I’ll Not Want; 605 – All the Way My Savior Leads Me
Monthly Prayer Focus for April
Local Church Focus: April – Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, Ward Hill – Fr Vart Gyozalyan, pastor
Missions Focus: Barnabas Ministries
Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help
www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or 988
Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (www.egc.org/refugee)
Global Crisis Help: World Relief – worldrelief.org
Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA –opendoorsusa.org
Pray for Turkey and Syria; Pray for Sudan – worldrelief.org
VISITORS – Thank you for joining us. We very much appreciate your presence, and we hope you feel at home with us. If you have any questions, please ask. We hope to see you again soon. Email – email@example.com
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Lord’s Day Schedule through Trinity Sunday
Service – 10 am (Lord’s Supper observed on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)
Fellowship & Study – 11 am to 12 noon * Communion
Apr 30 Easter IV–Good Shepherd May 21 Easter VII–Ascension Sunday
May 7 Easter V* May 28 Pentecost (Memorial Day Wkd)
May 14 Easter VI (Mother’s Day) Jun 4 Trinity Sunday
Monthly Scripture Memory for April
Romans 10:9-13 (ESV) – 9 Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Weekly Catechism: Outline of the Faith
Q. What is corporate worship?
A. In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.
Q. What are the sacraments?
A. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.
Q. What is grace?
A. Grace is God’s favor toward us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.
Q. What are the two great sacraments of the Gospel?
A. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.