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Plan To Grow In Christ - 1 John 4:1-11
April 29, 2018


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Today in Worship - Fifth Sunday of Easter
Preacher & Worship Leader: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Children's Message: Debbie Armbruster
Elder: Kevin Schaeg


Welcoming One Another

Baptism
Kora Lynn Tibbles

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Opening Song
"My Hope Is In You"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"Highest"
"Made Me Glad"

First Reading
Acts 17:10-15
10  As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11  Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
12  Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
13  When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
14  The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
15  The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
1 John 4:1-11
1  Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3  but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
5  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
6  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Sermon

Offering
"This Is Amazing Grace"
 
In Whom Do We Believe? The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And 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 into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Celebrating Confirmation

Prayers of the Day

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Blessing

Sending Song
"Who Can Satisfy My Soul Like You"