The Worship of God
The Lord Calls Us to Worship Him
October 10, 2010 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
Call to Worship2
Prayer of Adoration & Praise Lord, I Lift Your Name on High Lord, I lift Your name on high; Lord, I love to sing Your praises. I’m so glad You’re in my life; I’m so glad You came to save us.
Hymn of Praise O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Jesus! The Name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease, ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health and peace. He breaks the power of reigning sin, he sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me.
Welcome and Preparation for Worship Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love and power. I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms. Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, Every grace that brings you nigh. Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you’re better, You will never come at all. View Him prostrate in the garden; On the ground your Maker lies. On the bloody tree behold Him; Sinner, will this not suffice?
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, To spread thro’all the earth abroad, the honors of Thy name.
We Confess our Faith
Leader: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. People: As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. Leader: They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. People: O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Leader: Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! People: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Leader: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. All: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Psalm 84 O Lord of hosts, how lovely is your dwelling place! I cry aloud, I long for your abode; The joys of earth have left my soul unsatisfied: My heart and flesh desire the living God. Within your walls the sparrow finds a nesting place, That near your altars she may have her young: How happy those who dwell within your house, O Lord, By whom your holy praises are forever sung!
Lo! th’incarnate God ascended, Pleads the merit of His blood: Venture on Him, venture wholly, Let no other trust intrude. Let not conscience make you linger, Not of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth Is to feel your need of Him.
How happy those who have in you the strength they need, And in whose heart are Zion’s pathways found! The desert sands they make a place of water-springs, Till autumn rains refresh the barren ground. From strength to strength they journey on their pilgrimage,
- Joseph Hart
All songs used by permission or covered under CCLI license # 391165.
O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace.
You came from Heaven to earth to show the way; From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay. From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky; Lord, I lift Your name on High.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!
We believe that God always initiates with sinners, so we begin worship with his invitation and command to us to gather in His name.
Until in God’s own presence they appear: O Lord of hosts, do good to your anointed one; Receive my earnest prayer: O God of Jacob, hear! How better, far, a single day within your courts, Than thousands spent in any other way; I’d rather wait upon the steps beside your door, Than pitch my tent where wickedness holds sway. For like a shield the Lord defends and covers us; He gives us grace and crowns with glory too, And nothing good withholds from those that walk aright: O Lord of hosts, how happy all who trust in you!
The Lord Graciously Renews Us in Christ Call to Repentance
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Corporate Confession of Sin O Almighty God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever… Silent and Personalized Confession of Sin… Amen!
The Good News
2 Corinthians 5:21a… John 19:30… 2 Corinthians 5:21b
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin... It is finished... so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Worship with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs And Can It Be
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? ’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. 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. 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. 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.
The Potter’s Hand
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour I know for sure, all of my days are held in your hands, Crafted into your perfect plan. You gently call me into your presence Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit Teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my life Through Your eyes. I’m captured by Your holy calling set me apart, I know you’re drawing me to yourself, Lead me Lord, I pray.
I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree. I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the deathdew lies cold on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
Take me, mould me, use me, fill me. I give my life to the Potter’s hand. Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me. I give my life to the Potter's hand.
Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petition
In mansions of glory and endless delight, I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
Teaching Elder Brad Eades
The Lord Instructs Us with His Word (see insert)
Sacrament of Baptism Nathan Davis Ladner
My Lord’s Prayer
The Lord Blesses Us and Sends Us Out Benediction4
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign. My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
Grace Like Rain
Hallelujah! Grace like rain falls down on me. Hallelujah! And all my stains are washed away, They’re washed away.
Sermon3 Pastor Tommy Lee Series: “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
LXV. There He Goes Being Radical Again
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah all my stains are washed away, there washed away.
The Lord Meets Us at His Table 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.
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.