The Worship of God June 14, 2009
Confession of Faith
Welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus! If you are a guest with us, please be sure to sign our Registry when it is passed during the service. Children are welcome in our worship. We have a nursery available for children 3 and under. Children not yet in kindergarten will be dismissed prior to the sermon. Thank you for joining us today and may the Lord richly bless you.
Welcome and Preparation for Worship Certainly our contentment does not consist in getting the thing we desire, but in God’s fashioning our spirits to our conditions. Some men have not got a foot of ground of their own, yet they live better than other men who are heirs to a great deal of land. There is more comfort even in the grace of contentment than there is in any possessions whatsoever. If I become content by having my desire satisfied, that is only self-love, but when I am contented with the hand of God, and am willing to be at His disposal, that comes from my love to God. If you give children what they want in some things, they grow so much the more coy and dainty and discontented if they cannot have other things that they want. But if I have once overcome my heart, and am contented through the grace of God in my heart, then this makes me content not only in one particular but in general, whatever befalls me. - Jeremiah Burroughs 1
Call to Worship
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
Hymn of Praise2 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne, Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, And hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side, Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me; Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity. Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o'er the grave, Who rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, Who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die. Crown him the Lord of heav’n, One with the Father known One with the Spirit thro’ Him giv’n from yonder glories throne To thee be endless praise For thou for us has died Be thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days Adored and magnified!
We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with his invitation and command to us to gather in his name. 2 All songs used by permission or covered under CCLI license # 391165.
So take me as You find me All my fears and failures Fill my life again I give my life to follow Everything I believe in Now I surrender
from Ephesians 2:18-22
Through Him we have access in one Spirit to the Father. We are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. In Christ, the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him we also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
We Are the Body of Christ
(BRIDGE) Shine your light And let the whole world see We’re singing for the glory Of the risen King Jesus Shine your light And let the whole world see We’re singing for the glory Of the risen King
One heart, one Spirit, one voice to praise You, We are the body of Christ. One goal, one vision, to see You exalted, We are the body of Christ. And to this we give our lives To see You glorified. One heart, one Spirit, one voice to praise You, We are the body of Christ. We are the body of Christ.
Call to Confession of Sin
The Gospel Is True Romans 7:15
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
We have a grace that’s amazing; a free gift to know Him by faith, To live for His praise and long for the day, when we see Him face to face.
Corporate Confession of Sin
Thank you, Jesus, Oh how we worship You. Thank You, Jesus. Hallelujah, the gospel is true. Hallelujah, the gospel is true.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against You and against our fellow men, in thought and word and deed, in the evil we have done, and in the good we have not done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent from all our sins. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve You in newness of life. To the glory of Your name. Amen
Assurance of Pardon in Christ
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Mighty to Save Saviour He can move the mountains My God is mighty to save He is mighty to save Forever Author of salvation He rose and conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave Everyone needs compassion Love that’s never failing Let mercy fall on me Everyone needs forgiveness The kindness of a Saviour The hope of nations
We have been crucified with Him, buried and risen to life. Now justified, soon glorified, we shall be made like Christ.
Offering Dominican Republic Mission Team Report Sermon3
Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
We have a hope that is living and love that never will end. We have a God who’s forgiven us while we were yet in sin.
Rev. Rob Bailey
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper A Word About Communion – The bread and juice you see on the Communion table may not look like much to the casual observer. In fact, it is merely bread and juice. What makes this meal special is that the Lord Jesus Christ is spiritually present in a unique way. This sacrament is not something to be taken lightly but neither is it a time to be somber; rather, we should be filled with thankfulness and joy. Our Savior, out of His great mercy, bids His people to come to this meal. If you are a member of a church who embraces the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are at peace with your fellow Christians, we welcome you to this table. Come and consider with us our Lord’s body and shed blood symbolized in the bread and juice. Rejoice with us in our union with Him and with each other as His Covenant people. For those not taking Communion today, we encourage you to carefully think on the prayers found in the section entitled: “Prayers for Those Not Communing”, and we look forward to the day when you may join us in this meal.
4, 5, & 6-year-old children may be dismissed before the sermon to Godly Play in room 173.
Thy Mercy My God
Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue. Thy free grace alone from the first to the last, Hath won my affections and bound my soul fast. Without thy sweet mercy I could not live here; Sin would reduce me to utter despair, But through thy free goodness my spirits revive And He that first made me still keeps me alive. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart; Dissolved by thy goodness I fall to the ground And weep for the praise of the mercy Iâ€™ve found. Great father of mercies thy goodness I own, And the covenant love of thy crucified son, All praise to the spirit whose whisper divine Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine.
Benediction4 Prayers of Meditation for Those Not Communing Prayer for Those Searching for Truth Lord 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. Amen.
Prayer of Belief Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but, through Your Son Jesus, I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank You that He lived the life I should have lived, and paid the debt and punishment I owed. Receive me now for His sake. I turn from my sins and receive Him as Savior. Amen.
Prayer for Those Struggling with Sin Lord Jesus, grant that I may see in you the fulfillment of all my need, and may turn from every false satisfaction to feed on you, the true and living bread. Enable me to lay aside the sin that clings so closely, and run with perseverance the race set before me, looking to you, the pioneer and perfecter of my faith. Amen.
Prayer of Commitment Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.
Just as God has the first word in worship, he also has the last word. For those who are in Christ Jesus, these are always words of blessing. We look up and extend our hands out in a posture of receiving the blessing of God.