February 11, 2024

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Jonathan and Encouraging Faith

1 Samuel 13:23-14:15 | Rev. Blake Arnoult

Order of Worship

February 11, 2024

*Call to Worship | 2 Corinthians 1:3 | Rev. Blake Arnoult

God invites and calls us into his presence to worship him.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.

*Song of Adoration | To God Be the Glory

We begin by responding with praise to God for who he is and for what he does.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life our redemption to win,

And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice;

Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.


Music and Lyrics: William Howard Doane, Fanny Crosby

*Confession of Faith | Heidelberg Catechism Q.1, Hebrews 3:13

With the church in history we confess a basic statement of what Christians believe.

What is your only comfort in life and death?

That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

“So exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

*Song of Confession | This Is My Father’s World

Psalms, hymns, spiritual songs are simply prayers that are sung. We respond in repentance and praise for God’s redemptive work in Christ.

This is my Father’s world, and to my list’ning ears,

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,

The Beloved One, His Only Son,

Was giv’n to show God’s love.

This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!

God reigns; let earth be glad!

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world: The battle is not done;

Jesus who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and heav’n be one.

Music and Lyrics: Maltbie D. Babcock

Confession of Sin | Kyrie Eleison

We fight the temptation to hide our sin and instead acknowledge it openly to God, but we do so in light of the grace offered in Jesus.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Assurance of Pardon | 2 Corinthians 4:17 | Rev. Blake Arnoult

The good news of the gospel is that we are forgiven in Jesus Christ. This assurance is based on God’s words of promise and it is therefore certain.

17 This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

*Song of Response | More Than Enough

We respond in repentance and praise for God’s redemptive work in Christ.

All of You is more than enough for all of me,

for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with Your love,

and all I have in You is more than enough.

You are my supply, my breath of life;

still more awesome than I know.

You are my reward, worth living for;

still more awesome than I know.


You’re my sacrifice of greatest price;

still more awesome than I know.

You’re my coming King, You are everything;

still more awesome than I know.


More than all I want, more than all I need,

You are more than enough for me.

More than all I know, more than all I can see,

You are more than enough.

Music and Lyrics: Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We offer our gratitude to God in prayer in response to his gifts and blessings to his people and ask that he make us faithful managers of these gifts.

Song of Thanks | I Love You, Lord

As we offer our prayers so we also offer up our thanks in song.

I love you, Lord

And I lift my voice.

To Worship You

Oh my soul, rejoice!

Take joy my King

In what You hear.

May it be a sweet, sweet sound

In Your ear.

Music and Lyrics: Laurie B. Klein

Prayer for Christ’s Church

We lift up our requests to God knowing that he hears us when we pray.

*Reading of Scripture | 1 Samuel 13:23-14:15 | Rev. Blake Arnoult

God reveals himself and his work and speaks to us his people through his Word.

13:23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

14:1 One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. 2 Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men, 3 including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the LORD in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. 4 Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. 5 The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba.

6 Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 7 And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.” 8 Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place, and we will not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hand. And this shall be the sign to us.” 11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.” 12 And the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor-bearer and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you a thing.” And Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.” 13 Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, and his armor-bearer after him. And they fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him. 14 And that first strike, which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made, killed about twenty men within as it were half a furrow’s length in an acre of land. 15 And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic.

Pastor: The Word of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God

The Preaching of the Word | Rev. Blake Arnoult

“Jonathan and Encouraging Faith”

1 and 2 Samuel: Give Us a King

Pastoral Prayer

Sacrament of Communion

Sacraments are visible signs of the invisible grace of God - what Christ does by his Holy Spirit within us. Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist), as the distribution of the elements of bread and wine, symbolizes a meal. Communion is a sign of fellowship. That sign signifies more than just the future heavenly fellowship that is to come. The outward sign signifies the inner reality that sinners already experience fellowship with God in the Spirit because of Jesus. Communion is not a meal for good people. It functions as a renewing seal to desperate sinners of that fellowship we have with our holy and gracious God.

You will be invited to come forward. If you are not a Christian we encourage you to spend this time in reflection on what you’ve seen and heard in the worship. Children who have not received their first communion are welcome and encouraged to come forward with their families to witness their partaking. We invite children who are ready to make a public profession of faith in Christ to arrange a meeting with the elders, and thus become “communicants” at the Lord’s Table.

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts!

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Words of Institution

Pastor: Let us proclaim the mystery of the faith:

People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hallelujah!

Pastor: Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Hallelujah!

People: Therefore, let us keep the feast.

Pastor: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Please let an usher know if it is difficult for you to come forward. We would be happy to serve you at your seat. All communion bread is gluten-free. All communion wine is made from  grape juice.

A communion prayer for those searching for the truth:Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth and the life. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me the ability to follow you no matter what it might cost me. Give me an understanding for you that is coherent, convincing, and leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

Communion Song | Jesus Is Better

We celebrate our communion in faith and song.

There is no other so sure and steady, my hope is held in Your hand.

When castles crumble, and breath is fleeting,

Upon this Rock I will stand; Upon this Rock I will stand.

Glory, glory, we have no other King, but Jesus Lord of all!

Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring; We crown Him Lord of all!

Your kindly rule has shattered and broken the curse of sin's tyranny.

My life is hidden 'neath Heaven's shadow,

Your crimson flood covers me; Your crimson flood covers me.

Glory, glory, we have no other King, but Jesus Lord of all!

Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring; We crown Him Lord of all!

In all my sorrows, Jesus is better; Make my heart believe.

In every victory, Jesus is better; Make my heart believe.

Than any comfort, Jesus is better; Make my heart believe.

More than all riches, Jesus is better; Make my heart believe.

Our souls declaring, Jesus is better! Make our hearts believe.

Our song eternal, Jesus is better! Make our hearts believe.

Music and Lyrics: Aaron Ivey, Brett Land

Departing Song | Because He Lives

We begin to end in faith and song.

God sent His Son they called Him Jesus

He came to love heal and forgive

He bled and died to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there to prove

My Savior lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living

Just because He lives

How sweet to hold our newborn baby

And feel the pride and joy he gives

But greater still the calm assurance

This child can face uncertain days

Because Christ lives


And then one day I'll cross that river

I'll fight life's final war with pain

And then as death gives way to vict'ry

I'll see the lights of glory

And I'll know He reigns


Music and Lyrics: Gloria Gaither and William J. Gaither

*Benediction | 2 Corinthians 3:14 | Rev. Blake Arnoult

God sends us out with his blessing. A benediction is not a prayer. We don’t bow our heads. We lift them up and even lift up our hands to receive his blessing as we are sent out as participants in his mission to the city of man.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Kid’s Sunday School

Sundays, 9am, February 11 - March 3

Children up to 4th grade are invited to join us for Sunday school at 9am each Sunday to learn classic Bible stories and what they tell us about our Unique God!

Youth Sunday Bible Study

Sundays, 9am, February 11 - March 3

Youth 5th - 12th grade are invited to join us for Bible studyl at 9am each Sunday beginning on February 11 to learn what classic Bible stories have to tell us about our Unique God!

Love Your Neighbors with Us!

Tuesday, February 13, 9-11am

Join us for fellowship at the Byrd home as we make a Valentine treat for neighbors or anyone who might appreciate encouragement. Children are welcome!

Men’s Gathering

Thursday, February 22, 7pm

Men are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship at Kirby Ice House on Thursday, February 22 at 7pm! 3333 Eastside St. 77098.

Youth Gathering

Sunday, February 25 11:30am

Cornerstone Youth are invited to join us for lunch and fellowship after the worship service on February 25! Friends welcome! More details to come.

Bible Studies

Women’s Weekly Study: Wednesday, February 7 at 10am

Our weekly women’s study of the Book of Hebrews takes place Wednesdays at 10am at the home of Marion Wade.

Men’s Morning Study:

Friday, March 1

Monthly on the first Friday of each month, 7am at Bean and Bottle. 9655 Katy Freeway Suite 100.

Women’s Evening Study:

Thursday, March 7

Monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at the home of Susan Arnoult.

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