Prayer of Adoration & Praise
The Worship of God March 21, 2010
And Can It Be
Hymn of Praise
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 4 to 6 years of age may be dismissed to Godly Play prior to the sermon. Thank you for joining us today and may the Lord richly bless you.
Song of Assembly1 Almighty King
We will drink from Your fountain We will sing to our Lord We rejoice in Your goodness Almighty King
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.
„Tis myst‟ry all! Th‟Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. „Tis mercy all, let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more.
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!
Sing Praise, sing praise To the Almighty King, to the Almighty King (x2) I will drink from Your fountain I will sing to my Lord I‟ll rejoice in Your goodness Almighty King
Confession of Faith
(Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
I will trust in You always I will live in Your Light I‟ll rejoice in Your goodness Almighty King
Welcome and Preparation for Worship “Fear enfeebles.” - Thomas Watson
Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the Holy One, Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” - Isaiah 43:1-3a
Corporate Confession of Sin I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. . . . So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me . . . . What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.
Assurance of Pardon in Christ
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 1
All songs used by permission or covered under CCLI license # 391165. 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
Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound in sin and nature‟s night; Thine eye diffused a quick‟ning ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
I Am the Lord Your God
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
He left His Father‟s throne above So free, so infinite His grace! Humbled Himself so great His love! And bled for all His chosen race. „Tis mercy all, immense and free; For, O my God, it found out me.
No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine! Bold I approach th‟eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong,” Let the poor say, “I am rich,” Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Call to Confession of Sin
And can it be that I should gain An in‟trest in the Savior‟s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
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.
We will trust in You always We will live in Your Light We rejoice in Your goodness Almighty King
Call to Worship2
Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
When you pass through the waters I will be with you, And the waves will not overcome you, do not fear. For I have redeemed you, I have called you by name you are mine. For I am the Lord Your God, (I am Lord your God) I am the Lord your God, (I... Am) The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I am the Lord, (Do not fear.) I am the Lord, (Do not fear.) I am the Lord, (Do not fear.) I am the Lord. (Do not fear.) When you pass through the fire you‟ll not be burned And the flames will not consume you, do not fear. For I have redeemed you, I have called you by name you are mine.
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free; Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me. Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Your love; Leading onward, leading homeward, to Thy glorious rest above. Oh the deep, deep love, all I need and trust Is the deep, deep love of Jesus.
Amos 9:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
May he who builds his lofty palace in the heavens And sets it foundation on the earth, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out over the face of the land Grant you an awareness of His love that you may be Always joyful, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances For this is the will of God for you.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Spread His praise from shore to shore; How He came to pay our ransom, through the saving cross He bore; How He watches o'er His loved ones, those He died to make His own; How for them He‟s interceding, pleading now before the throne.
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
My faith has found a resting place from guilt my soul is freed I trust the Everliving One, His wounds for me shall plead. I need no other argument I need no other plea, It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Far surpassing all the rest: It‟s an ocean full of blessing, in the midst of every test. O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Mighty Savior, precious Friend; You will bring us home to glory, where Your love will never end.
Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petition Offering Sermon3
Pastor Tommy Lee Series: “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
XLVII. When You Pass Through the Waters: A Study in Faith Matthew 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.
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
How deep the Father‟s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure. How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away, As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory. Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders, Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished; His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished. I will not boast in any thing, no gifts, no pow‟r, no wisdom; But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer, But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.
4, 5, & 6 year-old children may be dismissed before the sermon to Godly Play in room 173.
Just as God called us into His presence at the beginning, so now He commands His blessing upon us as we depart. We look up and extend our hands in a posture of thanksgiving as we receive this great gift. Our final response to God‟s assurance of His peace and presence upon those who are in Christ is a chorus of joyful song.