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Outdoor Worship April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

Deacon Ordination

Welcome and Prayer:  Rev. Peggy Peek

Worship Song:  Brethren We Have Met to Worship
Kenn Owens with Congregation
Brethren We Have Met to Worship

Verse 1
Brethren we have met to worship
And adore the Lord our God
Will you pray with all your power
While we try to preach the Word
All is vain unless the Spirit
Of the Holy One comes down
Brethren pray and holy manna
Will be showered all around

Verse 2
Brethren see poor sinners 'round you
Slumb'ring on the brink of woe
Death is coming hell is moving
Can you bear to let them go
See our fathers and our mothers
And our children sinking down
Brethren pray and holy manna
Will be showered all around

Verse 3
Sisters will you join and help us
Moses' sister aided him
Will you help the trembling mourners
Who are struggling hard with sin
Tell them all about the Savior
Tell them that He will be found
Sisters pray and holy manna
Will be showered all around

Verse 4
Let us love our God supremely
Let us love each other too
Let us love and pray for sinners
Till our God makes all things new
Then He'll call us home to heaven
At His table we'll sit down
Christ will gird Himself and serve us
With sweet manna all around

CCLI Song # 19052; George Atkins | William Moore, Copyright Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain, For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use.  All rights reserved.; CCLI License # 644685
Report of the Presbytery:  Dale Smith

Testimony:  Nancy Mixson

Scripture:  Acts 6:1-15
Charge to the Candidate:  A Deacon to Emulate
Rev. Mark Adams

Sermon Notes: 
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Responsive Reading Ministry Commitment:  (Based on 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Luke 15:3-7, Philippians 4:12)
PASTOR:  The New Testament states that deacons must be tested first and found blameless, before being allowed to serve the church. You have passed the test and we gather today to affirm your ordination. What say you?
CANDIDATE:  I commit myself in personal allegiance to Christ Jesus. I will be high minded, not saying one thing and meaning another, not addicted to any drug, not out for dishonest gain. I will be a student of the Word that I might in clear conscience hold the deep truths of the faith.
PASTOR:  You have the resolve Christ requires. The New Testament records that the purpose of a deacon is to serve the church. How do you respond to this statement?
CANDIDATE:  I commit myself to the service of the church for which Christ died. I will aid our pastors in the work of the ministry. I vow to visit the sick, care for the needy, tend the families of our flock and pray without ceasing.
PASTOR:  You have a deep understanding of the duty of deacons. I look forward to sharing the work of ministry with you. Congregation, you have heard these resolves. What say you?
CONGREGATION:  We commit ourselves to undergird the servant ministries of our deacons. We pledge to aid you in service when cooperation is needed, to join you in prayer when intercession is needed, and support you in response when input is needed. We will permit you into our homes, share with you our lives, and surround you with our prayers.
PASTOR:  Truly we are of one mind. As the deacons serve the congregation, the congregation supports the deacons. In mutual ministries we are joined to build the church for which Christ died...for the equipping of the saints…
CONGREGATION:  ...for the work of ministry…
CANDIDATE:  ...for the edifying of the body of Christ…
ALL:  To the glory of God.
Declaration of Induction:  Rev. Mark Adams
Ordination Prayer:  Patrick Germain

Closing Song:  Grace Like Rain
Kenn Owens with Congregation
Grace Like Rain

Verse 1
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see so clearly

Hallelujah grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah all my stains are washed away
(They're washed away)

Verse 2
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Verse 3
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we'd first begun

CCLI Song # 3689877; Chris Collins | Edwin Othello Excell | John Newton | Todd Agnew | William W. Walker, Copyright 2003 Ardent/Koala Music (Admin. by Ardent Music LLC), For use solely with the SongSelect(Registered Trade Mark) Terms of Use. All rights reserved.,; CCLI License # 644685
Final Words and Benediction:  Rev. Mark Adams

Let the PEACE OF CHRIST rule in your hearts
since as members of one body you were called to peace.
Let the WORD OF CHRIST dwell in you richly
and whatever you word or in deed
Do it all in the NAME OF CHRIST giving
thanks to God the Father through Him
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