Looking to Sunday – May 21st

Looking to Sunday – May 21st

Set List

We Will Feast In the House of Zion

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Be Thou My Vision

A Son of God

The Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Liturgy

Call to Worship

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. O house of Israel, bless the LORD! O house of Aaron, bless the LORD! O house of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD! Blessed be the LORD from Zion, he who dwells in Jerusalem! – Psalm 135:15-21

Corporate Confession

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning. –Psalm 130:1-6

Assurance of Pardon

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5

Benediction

 

Looking to (Hymn) Sunday – May 7th

Looking to (Hymn) Sunday – May 7th

Set List

Holy, Holy, Holy

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

It Is Well With My Soul

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Grace Greater Than All Our Sin

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. – Psalm 100:3-4

Corporate Confession

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Oh guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. – Psalm 25:16-20

Assurance of Pardon

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:11-14

Benediction

Now may the grace of God, which saves you and now trains you to renounce all ungodliness, be with you. May God the Spirit strengthen you to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives now, as you wait for the blessed hope of the appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. May our Triune God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you rest. Amen.

Looking to Sunday – April 30th

Looking to Sunday – April 30th

Set List

New Again

High and Humble King

In Tenderness

Jesus, Thank You

Thy Will Be Done

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! –– Psalms 98:1-4

Corporate Confession

I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him […]. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations […] For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake.” –– Daniel 9: 4,5,9,17-19 [edited]

Confession

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. –– Psalm 32:3-5

Benediction

Now my the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. –– Hebrews 13:20-21

Looking to Sunday – April 23rd (NEW SONG)

Looking to Sunday – April 23rd (NEW SONG)

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song… er… actually an old song that is new for us.

“I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow” was written by John Newton in 1779. We are singing this song because I am increasingly convinced that we, as a body, need to learn how to lament well. Often, I think we can fall into the trap of thinking that lamentation and worship are antithetical. But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in 2 Corinthians 6:10, Paul explains how Christians are those who are “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.” This, of course, comes on the heals of Paul’s breathtaking discussion on suffering, and its place in God’s sovereign, sanctifying purposes for the Christian:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Notice, Paul does not say that “this light and momentary affliction may prepare an eternal weight of glory,” no, it is preparing an eternal weight of glory! The wonderful news about this passage is that, for the Christian, “meaningless suffering” is an oxymoron — a contradiction in terms. There is no such thing as “meaningless suffering” for the Christian, because all suffering “prepares an eternal weight of glory.” Included in this, by the way, are internal struggles. If we are to learn how to lament well, and how to be “sorrowful yet always rejoicing” through our struggles and afflictions, we must come to a healthy understanding of what our circumstances have to do with our spiritual formation. Frequently, I interact with Christians who are in a low and seemingly hopeless state: “I’m so sick of this sin, I absolutely hate it,” and “Why won’t the Lord just take these sinful desires away? Why must I struggle with this?” are sentiments that I have become very familiar with, both in my own life and in the lives of my brothers and sisters in Christ. The most encouraging word we could possibly hear in those moments is this: those afflictions are not meaningless, they are preparing (whether you feel it or not) and eternal weight of glory!

This is an area in which Mr. Newton can serve us greatly. “I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow” reminds us that God both inflicts pain and gives relief, that he both wounds and heals (Job 5:18), and all this for his glory and our good. As we prepare to sing together this Sunday, let these lyrics firm up your resolves to lean in on God and his provision for you through suffering. Your afflictions–even your internal ones–are not wasted. They are taking you somewhere, and when you arrive, you will discover how you have been made the better by your trials, and that even your grief is grace. (Lyrics posted below)

Set List

Praise to the Lord

I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow

He Will Hold Me Fast

Oh, Amazing Mystery!

The Gospel Is All I Have

I Asked the Lord That I May Grow (Lyrics)

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and ev’ry grace,
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.

‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer,
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And, by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in ev’ry part.

Yea, more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe,
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Humbled my heart and laid me low.

“Lord, why is this,” I trembling cried;
“Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?”
“’Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”

“These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”

Looking to (Easter) Sunday – April 16th

Looking to (Easter) Sunday – April 16th

Set List

The Gospel

Behold the Christ

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Absent from Flesh

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. –Psalm 96:1-6

Corporate Confession

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. – Psalm 130:1-6

Assurance of Pardon

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. – Romans 5:6-11

Benediction

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21

Looking to Sunday – April 9th

Looking to Sunday – April 9th

Song List

Behold Our God

All I Have Is Christ

It Is Well With My Soul

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

We Sing As One

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. – Psalm 146:1-7

Corporate Confession

Be gracious to us, O Lord, for to you do we cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do we lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to our prayer; listen to our plea for grace. In the day of our trouble we call upon you, for you answer us. – based off of Psalm 86:3-7

Assurance of Pardon

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. – Romans 8:31-34

Benediction

May the grace of Christ, which daily renews us, and the love of God, which enables us to love all, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which unites us in one body, make us eager to obey the will of God until we meet again, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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