March 17, 2019

Special Announcement from the Pastor Search Committee

March 18, 2019 

It is with tremendous excitement that the members of the Pastor Search Committee announce their recommendation for the next senior pastors of the First Baptist Church of Savannah, Katie and John Callaway. 

The Search Committee will present the Callaways to the church in a series of events the first weekend in April. On Saturday, April 6 from 4:00-6:00 PM, all members of the congregation are invited to meet Katie and John during an Open House in Lewis Hall. They will then preach at the morning service, Sunday, April 7, which will be followed by a special church business conference to vote on the recommendation for their call.

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Co-pastors Katie and John Callaway

The Worship of God                              

March 17, 2019              Second Sunday in Lent           Eleven O’clock     Sermon by Rev. Howard Pendley

(Some content may not be included in the radio broadcast)

We Praise God   

Chiming of the Hour 

†Organ Prelude - “A Lenten Prelude” Charles Callahan

Rev. James Richardson

Welcome and Call to Worship Rev. Josh Brewer

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to God.

All the families of the nations shall bow down and worship.

God has not ignored or despised the afflicted.

God’s face is not hidden; every human cry is heard.

All you who revere God, give praise!

Let the children of God give honor and glory!

I will tell your name to my sisters and brothers.

In the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

During this reflective season of Lent, the Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Invocation Dr. Howard Pendley

†*Hymn No. 263 - “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” st. denio

*Affirmation of Faith

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, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

*The Gloria Patri No. 579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

World without end.  Amen.  Amen.

We Proclaim God’s Word

†Children’s Time Nicki Brewer

Children through fifth grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for the children’s time.

First Lesson - Psalm 121  Emily Garrard, lay reader

Second Lesson - Ephesians 2:4-9

Anthem - “In All Our Grief and Fear We Turn to You”      Charles R. Anders

      In all our grief and fear we turn to you.

      O God, you know all that we think or do,

      You know the pain we put each other through.

      Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, grant us peace.

      Help us to put aside the angry word,

      The clenching fist, the wish and will to hurt.

      Teach us the way in which love best is served.

      Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, grant us peace.

      You did not even spare your only Son.

      He lived our griefs and bore all evil done,

      But through his cross redemption has been won.

      Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, grant us peace.

      God, when we suffer all that we can bear,

       Then let us know that you in truth are near

       And will not leave us lost in all our fear.

       Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, grant us peace.

       (The text is by Sylvia G. Dunstan.)

Gospel Lesson - Matthew 20:1-15

†Response to the Lessons

This is the written Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

Sermon - “God’s Grace and Our Response” Rev. Howard Pendley

We Respond to the Word

*Hymn No. 356 - “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” nettleton

Call to Prayer

Silent Prayers (with piano music)

Congregational Confession

God our Redeemer, we confess that we are people of ashes and dust.  You have claimed us in your covenant, yet we forget your steadfast love.  You seek us out in the wilderness, yet we continue to wander in our sin.  Forgive us, God of grace. Wash us clean once again, so that we may return to you and follow your holy way; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Words of Assurance 

Pastoral Prayer

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 sins, as we forgive those who sin 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.

Offertory Sentence

Receiving of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory - “I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ”  by Johann Sebastian Bach

*Presentation and Doxology      hamburg

      Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

      Praise God, all creatures here below;

      Praise God above, ye heavenly host;

      Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

 *Offertory Prayer

 *Invitation to Christian Discipleship

We Go into the World

*Hymn No. 77 - “Forty Days and Forty NIghts” aus der tiefe rufe ich

Events in the Life of the Church

Pastoral Benediction

Choral Response - “Lamb of God” Anna Laura Page

Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.  Grant us peace.

Organ Postlude - “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” by G. Winston Cassler

 *The congregation stands with the choir.  

†The ushers will seat those waiting.

The congregation is invited to greet the ministers

in the narthex or be seated for the postlude.

The sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God

and in memory of Doris Thomas

by John and Sara Thomas.

First Baptist Church of Savannah

Josh S. Brewer, Assistant Minister for Community Missions

James C. Richardson, Organist Emeritus 

223 Bull Street facing Chippewa Square 


Education Building and Lewis Hall located at 102 W. McDonough




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