GREETING
O magnify the LORD with me.
Let us exalt God’s name together!

HYMN – „Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me“ by Augustus M. Toplady (1776)
(Sing along on YouTube – https://youtu.be/Ah6xIq4mL0I)

1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
let me hide myself in thee; 
let the water and the blood, 
from thy wounded side which flowed, 
be of sin the double cure; 
save from wrath and make me pure. 

2 Not the labors of my hands 
can fulfill thy law’s demands; 
could my zeal no respite know, 
could my tears forever flow, 
all for sin could not atone; 
thou must save, and thou alone. 

3 Nothing in my hand I bring, 
simply to the cross I cling; 
naked, come to thee for dress; 
helpless, look to thee for grace; 
foul, I to the fountain fly; 
wash me, Savior, or I die. 

4 While I draw this fleeting breath, 
when mine eyes shall close in death, 
when I soar to worlds unknown, 
see thee on thy judgment throne, 
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
let me hide myself in thee. 

OPENING PRAYER
Bountiful God, we voice our gratitude in prayer and song and the offering of ourselves in dedication to your church. You are saving us from our sins as we trust in Jesus Christ our Savior and worship in the Spirit. Amen.

PSALM 13

Moment for silent reflection

MATTHEW 10:40-42

SERMON from Day1.org (click here)

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (read aloud)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Christ of glory, in your right hand are the stars of the churches. Save your people from having but the name of being alive. Arouse the slothful and confirm the faithful. Strengthen the good things that could die out, and may the work of your church stand the fire of testing. May your people hold fast to the truth that they have received in Christ and not defile the white robes of their baptism by disobedience to your directions.

God of the old and the young and those of middle years, may our children early come to you in faith and lifelong commitment. Sustain those who bear the burden and the heat of the day, all who must carry another’s burdens as well as their own. Grant patience to those whose days are numbered, who have completed their working days and can only anticipate the service of heaven. Give them rest from their labors and an assured entry into heaven where their deeds follow them.

Enable us to keep the faith and continue their labors in the gospel while there is still time for us. To you we will come and experience a joyful reunion with our family in the household of God.

We pray for (add individual prayers)….

And to you, O God, we ascribe glory and praise, time without end. Amen.

BENEDICTION
Go with confidence in God’s gracious love and mercy. Go, ready to proclaim the good news and serve our Lord by caring for others. Amen.