March 28, 2021

Opening Declaration of Dependence

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8  
Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Joel 2:13  
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Daniel 9:9–10  
Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24 
I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:18–19  
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8–9

Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord in His sanctuary!
Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord in His firmament!
Praise God for His mighty deeds! Praise God according to His greatness!
Praise God with trumpet sound.
Let lute and harp resound with tambourine and dance in praise to God!
With strings and pipe let every type of praise be heard!
Sound the loud clashing cymbals!  Let your praise resound with cymbals
!Let everything that breathes praise God! Let heaven and earth praise God. Alleluia, sing alleluia!
Lift your voice in praise to God. Alleluia, sing alleluia!
Let everything that breathes praise God! Sing alleluia!
Congregation, please stand and join the choir in singing:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near, Join me in glad adoration!
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again: Gladly forever adore Him!

Prayer of Confession

‍Almighty and most merciful Father,
         we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep,
         we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
         we have offended against Your holy laws,
         we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
         and we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
         and so we are helpless without You.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders,
         spare us, as we confess our faults,
         restore us, as we are penitent, according to Your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord,
         and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and devout life, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

 All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Assurance of Grace

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and  live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For  you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to  the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)
Gloria Patri - 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.

General prayer

The Old Testament Lesson

The Hymn - "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"   (Trinity Hymnal 198)
Scripture Reading - Isaiah 53
The Hymn -  "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"  (Trinity Hymnal 247)

The New Testament Lesson - John 19:1-27


     Leader: 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

Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship - Isaiah 12:2, 3-6

Minister: Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

People: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.

Minister: Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

People: Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

All: Let us sing praises to our God!

*Hymn - Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart Hymnal #604

Rejoice, ye pure in heart, rejoice, give thanks, and sing:
Your festal banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.

Refrain: Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing.

Bright youth and snow-crowned age, strong men and maidens meek,
Raise high your free, exulting song; God's wondrous praises speak.

With all the angel choirs, with all the saints on earth,
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss, true rapture, noblest mirth!

Yes, on through life's long path, still chanting as ye go;
From youth to age, by night and day, in gladness and in woe.

At last the march shall end, the wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their Father's house, Jerusalem the blest.

Then on, ye pure in heart, rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your glorious banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.

*Prayer of Invocation and the Lord’s Prayer

All: Our Father, which 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Confession of Sin

Prayer for Pardon

All: O Lord, according to your loving kindness and according to your tender mercy, blot out our iniquity. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Cast us not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of our salvation and uphold us we do pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Grace  - 1 John 1:8-9

*Gloria Patri  - Hymnal #735

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.

Offertory  - 1 Peter 4:10

Prayer of the Church  - Elder Guy Kemp

Scripture Reading  - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Hymn of Preparation  - Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God” Hymnal #11

Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,
For he alone does wondrous works in glory that excel.

And blessed be his glorious name to all eternity;
The whole earth let his glory fill. Amen, so shall it be.

His wide dominion shall extend from sea to utmost sea,
And unto earth's remotest bounds his peaceful rule shall be.

Yea, all the kings shall bow to him, his rule all nations hail;
He will regard the poor man's cry when other helpers fail.

Reading of Sermon Scripture - Hebrews 13:20-21

Sermon - “The Great Shepherd’s Agenda” by Pastor Joel E. Wood

Hymn of Preparation - Of the Father’s Love Begotten”  Hymnal #162

Of the Father's love begotten ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, he the Source, the Ending he,
Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessed, when the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bore the Savior of our race;
And the babe, the world's Redeemer, first revealed his sacred face,
Evermore and evermore!

This is he whom heav'n-taught singers sang of old with one accord,
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now he shines, the long-expected; let creation praise its Lord,
Evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heav'n, adore him; angel hosts, his praises sing;
All dominions, bow before him, and extol our God and King;
Let no tongue on earth be silent, ev'ry voice in concert ring,
Evermore and evermore!

Christ, to thee, with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
Hymn, and chant, and high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

Words of Institution

The Lord's Supper

Our Confession of Faith - “Apostles' Creed” Hymnal p. 845
Minister: Christian, in whom do you believe?
All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into Heaven,
     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From there he will come to judge the living 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.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Doxology - Hymnal #731
     Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
     Praise him all creatures here below.   
     Praise him above ye heavenly hosts;
     Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.