November 26, 2017

This is the third and final week of The Spirit and the Church, a follow-up series to The Book of Acts: You Will Be My Witnesses. We’re exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in the mission of the Church—here’s how you can prepare:

1. Read through our text, 1 Corinthians 14:1–33.

All of the gifts of the Spirit found in the New Testament are to be earnestly desired by every believer and in turn exercised lovingly, intelligibly, and in an orderly fashion. When we faithfully follow the guidelines Paul gives us pertaining to the gifts, the gathered church is naturally built up and those outside the church say, “Surely God is among them!”

2. Read, pray and sing through the service:

CALL TO WORSHIP: From Psalm 100

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Obediah Chisholm, William Marion Runyan)
Fall Afresh (Jeremy Riddle)

CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook

Triune God,
we praise You as the God of love and life.
Though Jesus prayed that we would be one,
we confess that we fail to live in unity
with each other and with You.
We break our communion through hostile words and unkind actions.
We long for Your Spirit to heal us and to correct us.
We long for You to help us experience communion
with You and with each other
as we gather around Your Word and table.
Even now, dependent on Your grace,
we commit ourselves to live more fully in the unity You desire.
Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)

How Marvelous (I Stand Amazed) (Charles H. Gabriel)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Hebrews 4:11–13

RESPONSE: Song & Prayer

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Martin Luther)
Doxology (Louis Bourgeois, Thomas Ken)



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