May 31, 2020

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

Benediction

     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

May 31, 2020

Call to Worship  

     Minister: Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. (Psalm 117:1-2)
     
Let the People say: Praise the LORD!
     
Minister:  
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called,you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. (Psalm 138:1–3)
     
Let the People say: Praise the Lord!
     
Minister:
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. (Psalm 138:7)
     
Let the People say: Praise the Lord!
     
Minister:
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)
     
Let the People say: Praise the Lord!

Prayer of Invocation

Silent Confession

Corporate Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
     
Holy and merciful God, in Your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against You. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from Your ways. In wasting Your gifts, in forgetting Your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for We are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease You. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in Your light, and Walk in Your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

All: Our Father who 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, for ever. Amen.

Assurance of Grace                          

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  (Romans 4:5–8)

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.

Prayer of the Church

Reading of Scripture: Ezra 3

Offertory

Reading of Scripture: John 7:37-39

Sermon

Our Confession of Faith:

     Minister: Christian, in whom do you believe?
     People: 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.

Doxology

     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.

Benediction