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Denton Presbyterian Church

Lords day worship

Membership Vows 1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving his displeasure, and without hope, except through his sovereign mercy? 2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and savior of sinners, and do you receive and trust him alone for salvation as he is offered in the gospel? 3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ? 4. Do you promise to support the church in it's worship and work to the best of your ability? 5. Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to strive for its purity and peace?


September 18, 2011

The First Word We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with His word, His invitation to us to gather in His name. Announcements:
There is a nursery available for children up to age 3.


Isaiah 55

Public Domain. Words: Henry Van Dyke. Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (adapt. Edward Hodges).

1. Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,God of glory, Lord of love;Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness,Fill us with the light of day! 2. All Thy works with joy surround Thee, Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, Singing bird and flowing fountain Call us to rejoice in Thee. 3. Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blessed, Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest!Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, All who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine. 4. Mortals, join the happy chorus, Which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning over us, Brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward In the triumph song of life. PRAYER OF INVOCATION

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HYMN OF WORSHIP Give to the Winds Thy Fears

Jon Caudill Music. Words: Paul Gerhardt (trans. John Wesley). Music: Jon Caudill.

1. Give to the winds thy fears,Hope and be undismayed.God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God will lift up, God will lift upGod will lift up thy head

It is our practice to come forward to receive the elements which consist of bread and wine. There is grape juice in the middle ring of the trays. CELEBRATING THE LORDS SUPPER Minister: Brothers and sisters in Christ, the gospels tell us that on the first day of the week, the day on which our Lord rose from the dead, he appeared to some of his disciples and was made known to them in the breaking of bread. Come, then, to the joyful feast of our Lord. The Thanksgiving Minister: People: Minister: People: Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right for us to give thanks. It is our joy and our peace, at all times and in all places to give thanks to you, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration

The Institution

1 Corinthians 11:2326

The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, he took the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

People: Minister: People: The Invitation Minister:

We who are many are one body, for we all share the same loaf. The cup for which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ. The cup which we drink is our participation in the blood of Christ.

The gifts of God for the people of God.

(You will be dismissed by rows to come forward and take communion. As each element is given to you, you may partake. Covenant children who are not communing members may come forward with their parents and receive a blessing/benediction from one of the elders serving the supper.) SILENT REFLECTION PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS I know, O Lord that you have risen. I feel the weakness and frailty of my flesh and my will. But I hope in the power of the gospel, the power of the resurrection. As I feast at your table, eating the bread and drinking the cup, fill me with life again. Sustain me by your grace that I might run in the path of your commands.

Why Have these prayers?

As we have said in the invitation some people are struggling with their sin; some are struggling with forgiveness. Some simply arent ready to come to the table. 6

PRAYER FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH UNBELIEF Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. PRAYER FOR THOSE BEGINNING TO BELIEVE INCLUDING COVENANT CHILDREN

If you find yourself in one of these categories then weve provided a starting place for you to talk with God about it.

God, I am beginning to see that I am more sinful and lost than I dared to believe, and yet in Jesus, I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared to dream. I thank you for the work of Christ, his atoning death and his perfect life, which are credited to me when I turn from my sin and trust in Jesus. Help me to embrace Christ as he is offered to me in the gospel, and in believing, help me live a new life. PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS STRUGGLING WITH SIN O Lord, my transgression is ever before me! It clings to me! Help me believe that the Gospel is bigger than my sin. Help me see that Jesus work not only frees me from the penalty of sin, but also breaks sins power. As I feast on the bread and wine, convince me that I am no longer struggling to be free from sin, but that in Christ I am now free to struggle with my sin.

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Bill Moore Music. Words: John Newton. Music: Alexander Reinagle (arr. Bill Moore).

1. How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds In a believers ear!It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds, And drives away his fear.

4. By Thee, my prayers acceptance gain, Although with sin defiled;Satan accuses me in vain,And I am owned a child. 5. Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend, My

2. It makes the wounded spirit whole, And calms the troubled breast;Tis manna to the hungry soul,And to the weary, rest. 3. Dear Name, the rock on which I build, My shield and hiding place,My never failing treasury, filledWith boundless stores of grace!

Prophet, Priest, and King,My Lord, my life, my way, My end, Accept the praise I bring. 6. Weak is the effort of my heart, And cold my warmest thought; But when I see Thee as Thou art, Ill praise Thee as I ought. 7. Til then I would Thy love proclaim With every fleeting breath,And may the music of Thy name Refresh my soul in death.

Arise O God And Shine

Words by William Hurn, Music by Chris Miner. 2004 Christopher Miner Music

1. Arise, O God, and shine in all Thy saving might,And prosper each design to spread Thy glorious light;Let healing streams of mercy flow that all the earth Thy truth may know. 2. Bring distant nations near to sing Thy glorious praise; Let every people hear and learn Thy holy ways.Reign, mighty God, assert Thy cause, and govern by Thy righteous laws.

3. Put forth Thy glorious power, that everyone may see And earth present her store, in converts born to Thee. God, our own God, His Church will bless, And fill the world with righteousness. 4. To God, the only Wise, the one immortal King,Let hallelujahs rise, from every living thing;Let all that breathe, on every coast, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

BENEDICTION The Doxology 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

Denton Presbyterian exists to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on the city of Denton through lifestyles of repentance, belief, loving God and loving our neighbors. You are officially set free to minister to one another and to the city of Denton

Our Hopes for Denton

We hope Christ will create out of the diverse communities of our city, a new worshipping community that will experience the grace, joy and freedom of the gospel. Praise awaits you O God in Zion...blessed are those you have chosen. We are filled with the good things of your House! (Psalm 65) We hope we will become a welcoming community open to the skeptic, the seeker, the new convert and the struggling Christian. We hope we will meet the spiritual, physical and social needs of the people around us and share together in the life of Christ. They broke bread in each others homes with glad and sincere hearts, enjoying the favor of all the people. And God added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47) We hope we will become a serving community that loves our city and gives to, challenges, and changes Denton through gospel ministries of word, justice and mercy. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. (Proverbs 11:10) We hope we will become a growing community that helps establish other churches around North Texas, the nation and the world. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing. (Colossians 1:6)

Denton Presbyterian Church is a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America. David Wilson is the church planter. He can be reached at or 940-783-7097.

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