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Easter Sunday April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday
Prelude by Marilyn Brainard
 
“Open the Gates of the Temple”

#214-217         A Brief Service in Celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection

            Call To Worship: Matthew 28:1-6

Leader:  Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary

            Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

All:  Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came

            down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.

Leader:  His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.  The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

All: Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know

            you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

Leader:  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.

            Christ is risen!

All: He is risen indeed!

 

#215 “Alleluia! Alleluia!” (verse 1)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise;

Sing to God a hymn of gladness, Sing to God a hymn of praise.

He who on the cross as Savior for the world’s salvation bled,

Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.

 

#216 “Christ Arose” (verses 1-2)

 

Low in the grave He lay Jesus my Saviour

Waiting the coming day Jesus my Lord

 

Up from the grave He arose

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes

He arose a victor from the dark domain

And He lives forever with His saints to reign

He arose He arose

Hallelujah Christ arose

 

Vainly they watch His bed Jesus my Saviour

Vainly they seal the dead Jesus my Lord

CCLI Song # 27783. Robert Lowry. © Words: Public Domain  Music: Public Domain

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 2015925

 

#217 “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”

 

Christ the Lord is risen today Alleluia

Sons of men and angels say Alleluia

Raise your joys and triumphs high Alleluia

Sing ye heavens and earth reply Alleluia

 

Lives again our glorious King Alleluia

Where O death is now thy sting alleluia

Dying once He all doth save Alleluia

Where thy victory O grave alleluia

 

Love’s redeeming work is done Alleluia

Fought the fight the battle won Alleluia

Death in vain forbids Him rise Alleluia

Christ hath opened paradise Alleluia

 

Soar we now where Christ has led Alleluia

Following our exalted Head Alleluia

Made like Him like Him we rise Alleluia

Ours the cross the grave the skies Alleluia

CCLI Song # 2728588

Charles Wesley.   Public Domain

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com.   CCLI License # 2015925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome

 

“Glorious Day”

 

I was buried beneath my shame

Who could carry that kind of weight

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

I was breathing but not alive

All my failures I tried to hide

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

Chorus
 

You called my name and

I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day

You called my name and I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day
 

Now Your mercy has saved my soul

Now Your freedom is all that I know

The old made new Jesus when I met You
 
 
Bridge
 
 

I needed rescue my sin was heavy

But chains break at the weight of Your glory

I needed shelter I was an orphan

Now You call me a citizen of Heaven

When I was broken You were my healing

Now Your love is the air that I’m breathing

I have a future my eyes are open

CCLI Song # 7081388

Jason Ingram | Jonathan Smith | Kristian Stanfill | Sean Curran

CCLI License # 2015925

 

Christ is risen!!

He is risen indeed!!

 

Scripture – John 20:1-21

Message: The First Two Acts of Easter

 

Easter Act 1, Scene 1:

John 20:1-10

 

#225 “Worship Christ The Risen King”

 

Rise O Church and lift your voices

Christ has conquered death and hell

Sing as all the earth rejoices

Resurrection anthems swell

Come and worship come and worship

Worship Christ the Risen King

 

See the tomb where death had laid Him

Empty now its mouth declares

Death and I could not contain Him

For the throne of life He shares

Come and worship come and worship

Worship Christ the Risen King

 

Hear the earth protest and tremble

See the stone removed with pow’r

All hell’s minions may assemble

But cannot withstand His hour

He has conquered He has conquered

Christ the Lord the Risen King

 

Doubt may lift its head to murmur

Scoffers mock and sinners jeer

But the truth proclaims a wonder

Thoughtful hearts receive with cheer

He is risen He is risen

Now receive the Risen King

 

We acclaim Your life O Jesus

Now we sing Your victory

Sin or hell may seek to seize us

But Your conquest keeps us free

Stand in triumph stand in triumph

Worship Christ the Risen King

 

CCLI Song # 3485071

Jack Hayford

© 1986 Annamarie Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2015925

 

 

Easter Act 1, Scene 2:

John 20:11-18

 

 

#220 “He Lives”

 

I serve a risen Savior

He’s in the world today

I know that He is living

Whatever men may say

I see His hand of mercy

I hear His voice of cheer

And just the time I need Him

He’s always near

 

He lives He lives

Christ Jesus lives today

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life’s narrow way

He lives He lives

Salvation to impart

You ask me how I know He lives

He lives within my heart

 

In all the world around me

I see His loving care

And though my heart grows weary

I never will despair

I know that He is leading

Through all the stormy blast

The day of His appearing

Will come at last

Rejoice rejoice O Christian

Lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs

To Jesus Christ the King

The Hope of all who seek Him

The Help of all who find

None other is so loving

So good and kind

CCLI Song # 17597

Alfred Henry Ackley

© Words: 1933 Homer A. Rodeheaver. Renewed 1961 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)

Music: 1933 Homer A. Rodeheaver. Renewed 1961 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 2015925

Easter Act 2, Scene 1

John 20:19-21

 

Resurrection Day

 

Because You’ve risen I can rise

Because You’re living I’m alive

Because Your cross is powerful

Because You rose invincible

I can get up off the floor

 

Chorus

This is my resurrection day

Nothing’s gonna hold me in the grave

This is my resurrection day

Nothing’s gonna hold me down

Say goodbye to my yesterdays

Ever since I meet You I am changed

This is my resurrection day

Nothing’s gonna hold me down

 

Because You rolled my stone away

Because my debt has all been paid

Because You stand in victory

Because You crushed the enemy

I can get up off the floor

 

Bridge
 

The Good News is the good news

‘Cause You chose the rugged cross

The Good News is the good news

‘Cause You rose up from the dust

Your gospel is the power

That is saving all of us

So I can get up off the floor

Come on get up off the floor

 
 

 

Message

 

Prayer

Christ Is Risen He Is Risen Indeed

 

How can it be the One who died

Has borne our sin through sacrifice

To conquer every sting of death

Sing sing hallelujah

 

For joy awakes as dawning light

When Christ’s disciples lift their eyes

Alive He stands their Friend and King

Christ Christ He is risen

 

Chorus

Christ is risen He is risen indeed

Oh sing hallelujah

Join the chorus sing with the redeemed

Christ is risen He is risen indeed

 

Where doubt and darkness once had been

They saw Him and their hearts believed

But blessed are those who have not seen

Yet sing hallelujah

 

Once bound by fear now bold in faith

They preached the truth and power of grace

And pouring out their lives they gained

Life life everlasting

 

The power that raised Him from the grave

Now works in us to powerfully save

He frees our hearts to live His grace

Go tell of His goodness

 

Chorus

Christ is risen He is risen indeed

Oh sing hallelujah

Join the chorus sing with the redeemed

Christ is risen He is risen indeed

 

Ending

He’s alive He’s alive

Heaven’s gates are opened wide

He’s alive He’s alive

Now in heaven glorified

CCLI Song # 6399205

Ed Cash | Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty

© 2012 Alletrop Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

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Sunrise Service April 12, 2020

Sunrise Service
 

Were You There

 
 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord

Were you there when they crucified my Lord

O sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble

Were you there when they crucified my Lord

 
 

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree

O sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree

 
 

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb

O sometimes it causes me to tremble tremble tremble

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb

 
 

Were you there when He rose up from the dead

Were you there when He rose up from the dead

O sometimes I feel like shouting glory glory glory

Were you there when He rose up from the dead
 
 

 

CCLI Song # 29516. Frederick J. Work | John W. Work Jr. © Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2015925

Luke 24:1-3

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.

 

The Easter Song

 

Hear the bells ringing they’re singing

That we can be born again

Hear the bells ringing they’re singing

Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone said

He is risen just as He said

Quickly now go tell His disciples

That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

 

 

Chorus

Joy to the world

He is risen alleluia

He’s risen alleluia

He’s risen alleluia alleluia

(Alleluia)

 

Hear the bells ringing

They’re singing that you can be healed right now

Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing

Christ, He will reveal it now

The angels, they all surround us

And they are ministering Jesus’ power

Quickly now, reach out and receive it

For this could be your glorious hour

 

CCLI Song # 12279. Anne Herring. © 1974 Latter Rain Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 2015925. (second verse by Keith Green)

John 20:11-18

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 “Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

17 Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

 

Message

 

Death Was Arrested

 

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin

Lost without hope with no place to begin

Your love made a way to let mercy come in

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains

My orphan heart was given a name

My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Chorus

Oh Your grace so free washes over me

You have made me new now life begins with You

It’s Your endless love pouring down on us

You have made us new now life begins with You

 

Released from my chains I’m a pris’ner no more

My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore

He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Our Savior displayed on a criminal’s cross

Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost

But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand

That’s when death was arrested and my life began

 

Bridge

Oh we’re free free forever we’re free

Come join the song of all the redeemed

Yes we’re free free forever amen

When death was arrested and my life began

 

CCLI Song # 7046448 Adam Kersh | Brandon Coker | Heath Balltzglier | Paul Taylor Smith © 2015 Seems Like Music (Admin. by BMG Rights Management [c/o Music Services, Inc.]) Adam Kersh Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Bcoker Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Centricity Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Paul Taylor Smith Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Music At North Point (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2015925

 
Worship Christ The Risen King
 

 

Rise O Church and lift your voices

Christ has conquered death and hell

Sing as all the earth rejoices

Resurrection anthems swell

Come and worship come and worship

Worship Christ the Risen King

 
 

See the tomb where death had laid Him

Empty now its mouth declares

Death and I could not contain Him

For the throne of life He shares

Come and worship come and worship

Worship Christ the Risen King

 
 

Hear the earth protest and tremble

See the stone removed with pow’r

All hell’s minions may assemble

But cannot withstand His hour

He has conquered He has conquered

Christ the Lord the Risen King

 
 

Doubt may lift its head to murmur

Scoffers mock and sinners jeer

But the truth proclaims a wonder

Thoughtful hearts receive with cheer

He is risen He is risen

Now receive the Risen King

 
 

We acclaim Your life O Jesus

Now we sing Your victory

Sin or hell may seek to seize us

But Your conquest keeps us free

Stand in triumph stand in triumph

Worship Christ the Risen King

 
 

CCLI Song # 3485071 Jack Hayford © 1986 Annamarie Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2015925

 
 

Benediction

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,

protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing

at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing

once again into our doors.

 
 

Excerpt From: The Northumbria Community. “Celtic Daily Prayer.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/celtic-daily-prayer/id1349538285

 

 

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today

 
 

Christ the Lord is risen today alleluia

Sons of men and angels say alleluia

Raise your joys and triumphs high alleluia

Sing ye heavens and earth reply alleluia

 
 

Lives again our glorious King alleluia

Where O death is now thy sting alleluia

Once he died our souls to save alleluia

Where’s thy victory boasting grave alleluia

 
 

Love’s redeeming work is done alleluia

Fought the fight the battle won alleluia

Death in vain forbids Him rise alleluia

Christ hath opened paradise alleluia

 
 

Soar we now where Christ has led alleluia

Following our exalted Head alleluia

Made like Him like Him we rise alleluia

Ours the cross the grave the skies alleluia

 
 

CCLI Song # 27965  Charles Wesley | Samuel Arnold. © Words: Public Domain  Music: Public Domain

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 2015925

Luke 24:4-7

As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

 

Resurrection Hymn

 

See what a morning gloriously bright

With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem

Folded the grave-clothes tomb filled with light

As the angels announce Christ is risen

See God’s salvation plan wrought in love

Borne in pain paid in sacrifice

Fulfilled in Christ the Man for He lives

Christ is risen from the dead

 

See Mary weeping where is He laid

As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb

Hears a voice speaking calling her name

It’s the Master the Lord raised to life again

The voice that spans the years

Speaking life stirring hope bringing peace to us

Will sound till He appears

For He lives Christ is risen from the dead

 

One with the Father Ancient of Days

Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty

Honour and blessing glory and praise

To the King crowned with pow’r and authority

And we are raised with Him

Death is dead love has won Christ has conquered

And we shall reign with Him

For He lives Christ is risen from the dead

 

CCLI Song # 4108797  Keith Getty | Stuart Townend. © 2003 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Good Friday April 10, 2020

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE  April 10, 2020  7:00 PM

WELCOME

 

UNISON PRAYER

Gracious and eternal God, look with mercy on this your family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross; who is alive and glorified with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE          Isaiah 53:1-2

 

HYMN No. 176      “Lead Me to Calvary”

 

SCRIPTURE         Luke 22:39-46   Jesus Prays in the Garden

                               Luke 22:47-53  Jesus Arrested

 

HYMN No. 347     “Be Still, My Soul”

 

SCRIPTURE        Isaiah 53:3

                              Luke 22:54-62  Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

                             

HYMN No. 210      “Jesus Paid It All”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

SCRIPTURE        Luke 22:66-23:25  Jesus’ Trial

                             

HYMN No. 178    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”           

SCRIPTURE       Isaiah 53:4-6

                             Luke 23:26-49   Jesus is Crucified

 

SONG                  “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

 

SCRIPTURE       Isaiah 53:7-9

     Luke 23:50-56  Jesus’ Body is Buried
 

SCRIPTURE        Isaiah 53:10-12

 

MEDITATION     He Paid Mine

 

SONG                   “The Power of the Cross”  (Getty/Townend)

 

BLESSING

 

Participating in tonight’s service:

Rev. Karen Ballard

Rev. Barry Ballard

Tonya Boatman, accompanist

 

Lead Me To Calvary

 

King of my life I crown Thee now

Thine shall the glory be

Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow

Lead me to Calvary

 

Chorus

Lest I forget Gethsemane

Lest I forget Thine agony

Lest I forget Thy love for me

Lead me to Calvary

 

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid

Tenderly mourned and wept

Angels in robes of light arrayed

Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept

 

Let me like Mary through the gloom

Come with a gift to Thee

Show to me now the empty tomb

Lead me to Calvary

 

May I be willing Lord to bear

Daily my cross for Thee

Even Thy cup of grief to share

Thou hast borne all for me

 

CCLI Song # 7060987 Jennie Evelyn Hussey | Marty Parks © Words: Public Domain

Music: 2016 The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 1458909

Be Still My Soul

 

Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain

Leave to thy God to order and provide

In ev’ry change He faithful will remain

Be still my soul thy best thy heav’nly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end

 

Be still my soul thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as He has the past

Thy hope thy confidence let nothing shake

All now mysterious shall be bright at last

Be still my soul the waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below

 

Be still my soul the hour is hast’ning on

When we shall be forever with the Lord

When disappointment grief and fear are gone

Sorrow forgot love’s purest joys restored

Be still my soul when change and tears are past

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last

 

CCLI Song # 4645047 Jane Laurie Borthwick | Kathrina Amalia von Schlegel | Nathan Copeland

© Words: Public Domain Music: 2005 Hymnicity For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved.
CCLI License # 1458909

Jesus Paid It All

 

I hear the Savior say

Thy strength indeed is small

Child of weakness watch and pray

Find in Me thine all in all

 

Chorus

Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow

 

Lord now indeed I find

Thy power and Thine alone

Can change the leper’s spots

And melt the heart of stone

 

For nothing good have I

Whereby Thy grace to claim

I’ll wash my garments white

In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb

 

And when before the throne

I stand in Him complete

Jesus died my soul to save

My lips shall still repeat

 

CCLI Song # 4850784

Elvina Mabel Hall | John Thomas Grape | Michael Adler

© Words: Public Domain

Music: 1998 Adler, Michael

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 1458909

 

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

 

O Sacred head now wounded

With grief and shame weighed down

Now scornfully surrounded

With thorns Thine only crown

How pale Thou art with anguish

With sore abuse and scorn

How does that visage languish

Which once was bright as morn

 

What Thou my Lord hast suffered

Was all for sinners’ gain

Mine was the transgression

But Thine the deadly pain

Lo here I fall my Savior

‘Tis I deserve Thy place

Look on me with Thy favor

Vouch safe to me Thy grace

 

What language shall I borrow

To thank Thee dearest Friend

For this Thy dying sorrow

Thy pity without end

O make me Thine forever

And should I fainting be

Lord let me never never

Out live my love to Thee

 

CCLI Song # 4323510 Hans Leo Hassler | Paul Gerhardt | Stan Pethel

© 2003 Van Ness Press, Inc. (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 1458909

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 anything

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

 

CCLI Song # 1558110 Stuart Townend © 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

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Maundy Thursday

Thursday April 9, 2020

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Welcome

“What Wondrous Love Is This”

 What wondrous love is this

O my soul O my soul

What wondrous love is this O my soul

What wondrous love is this

That caused the Lord of bliss

To bear the dreadful curse

For my soul for my soul

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul

 

When I was sinking down

Sinking down sinking down

When I was sinking down sinking down

When I was sinking down

Beneath God’s righteous frown

Christ laid aside His crown

For my soul for my soul

Christ laid aside

His crown for my soul

 

To God and to the Lamb

I will sing I will sing

To God and to the Lamb I will sing

To God and to the Lamb

Who is the Great I Am

While millions join the theme

I will sing I will sing

While millions join the theme

I will sing

 

And when from death I’m free

I’ll sing on I’ll sing on

And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on

And when from death I’m free

I’ll sing and joyful be

And through eternity

I’ll sing on I’ll sing on

And thro’ eternity I’ll sing on

 

CCLI Song # 197297

Alexander Means | William Walker

© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2015925

 

 Mt. 26:20-25

When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”

Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”

He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”

And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”

 

Prayer


Ah Holy Jesus

 

Ah holy Jesus

How hast Thou offended

That man to judge Thee

Hath in hate pretended

By foes derided

By Thine own rejected

O most afflicted

 

Who was the guilty

Who brought this upon Thee

Alas my treason

Jesus hath done Thee

‘Twas I Lord Jesus

I it was denied Thee

I crucified Thee

 

For me kind Jesus

Was Thy incarnation

Thy mortal sorrow

And Thy life’s oblation

Thy death of anguish

And Thy bitter passion

For my salvation

 

Therefore kind Jesus

Since I cannot pay Thee

I do adore Thee

And will ever pray Thee

Think on Thy pity

And Thy love unswerving

Not my deserving

CCLI Song # 1400048

Johann Heermann | Robert Seymour Bridges | Ron Boud

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Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

 

Matthew 26:26-30

 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”

27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”

30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

 

Remembrance of the Last Supper

Invitation       

Thanksgiving

Those of you who are presiding over the meal in your homes can mirror what I do.

Words of Institution – “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,

and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’

In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  (1 Co 11:23-26)

            Partaking as the Scattered Church

            Prayer

You Bled

 

You bled Your heart out

Now I feel love beat in my chest

How wonderful

You gave Your beauty

In exchange for my ugliness

How wonderful

You left Your perfection

And embraced our rejection oh

 

How marvelous how boundless is Your love

Is Your love

How wonderful sacrificial is Your love for me

 

You put on our chains

Sent us out through the open door

How wonderful

You took our sadness

Crowned us with joy and real peace

How wonderful

You left Your perfection

And fought for our redemption oh

 

Bridge

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

How wonderful

Yes Jesus loves me

This is love You gave Yourself

(REPEAT)

 

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Benediction

 

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Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (174)

 

Hosanna loud hosanna

The little children sang

Through pillared court and temple

The lovely anthem rang

To Jesus who had blessed them

Close folded to His breast

The children sang their praises

The simplest and the best

 

From Olivet they followed

A happy joyous crowd

Their large palm branches waving

And singing clear and loud

The Lord of men and angels

Rode on in simple joy

And welcome all the children

Each little girl and boy

 

Hosanna in the highest

That ancient song we sing

For Christ is our Redeemer

The Lord of heaven our King

O may we ever praise Him

With heart and life and voice

And in His holy presence

Eternally rejoice

 

CCLI Song # 6329873

Jeff Redd | Jennette Threlfall

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“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)”

 

Praise is rising

Eyes are turning to You

We turn to You

Hope is stirring

Hearts are yearning for You

We long for You

‘Cause when we see You

We find strength to face the day

In Your presence

All our fears are washed away

(Washed away)

 

Hosanna hosanna

You are the God who saves us

Worthy of all our praises

Hosanna hosanna

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here Lord Jesus

 

Hear the sound of

Hearts returning to You

We turn to You

In Your Kingdom

Broken lives are made new

You make us new

‘Cause when we see You

We find strength to face the day

In Your presence

All our fears are washed away

(Washed away)

 

CCLI Song # 4662491

Brenton Brown | Paul Baloche

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Call To Worship (based on Zechariah 9:9 and Psalm 118:26, 28-29)

One:    Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion!

            Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!

            Look, your king is coming to you.

            He is righteous and victorious,

            yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—

            even on a donkey’s colt.

All:      Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

One:    You are our God, and we will praise You!

All:      You are our God, and we will exalt You!

One:    O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

All:       His faithful love endures forever!

Invocation

Lord Jesus, today as we celebrate your coming into Jerusalem, we tell you that we need you to coming further into our lives.  As we have been separated from one another we need the unifying Spirit that comes from you.  We need your presence to draw us together.  We need your coming to draw us to yourself.  We lay our praises before you as a carpet. Enter into our worship on them. Amen

 

“Hosanna” (chorus only)

Hosanna hosanna

You are the God who saves us

Worthy of all our praises

Hosanna hosanna

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here Lord Jesus

“Glorious Day”

I was buried beneath my shame

Who could carry that kind of weight

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

I was breathing but not alive

All my failures I tried to hide

It was my tomb ’til I met You

 

Chorus

You called my name and

I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day

You called my name and I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness into Your glorious day

 

Now Your mercy has saved my soul

Now Your freedom is all that I know

The old made new Jesus when I met You

 

 

 

 

Bridge

I needed rescue my sin was heavy

But chains break at the weight of Your glory

I needed shelter I was an orphan

Now You call me a citizen of Heaven

When I was broken You were my healing

Now Your love is the air that I’m breathing

I have a future my eyes are open

 

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Jason Ingram | Jonathan Smith | Kristian Stanfill | Sean Curran

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Welcome

Statement of Faith “The Nicene Creed”

We believe in one God, the Father,

the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is,

seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

 God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

 who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

 

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Message and Scripture

“We Need Jesus to Come In!”

John 12:12-19, Rev 3:14-22

 

Intro: It is Palm Sunday! The day we celebrate Jesus coming into Jerusalem.  We mark this day as special because it marks a significant moment in the life of Jesus.  It was the beginning of the end of his life on earth.  He was coming into a city where there was a lot going on.  Pilgrims  were gathered for the Passover festival. Business was booming. Rome was occupying.  There had been about a 20 year season of peace that was coming to an end.  You can tell because of the worry about keeping peace reflected in the Scripture passages centered on the trial of Jesus and the inability of those in authority to make hard decisions because peace must be kept at all costs – even if it cost the death of an innocent man.

 

But on this day, Jesus is part of the celebration. His “parade” into Jerusalem excited and brought joy to the other pilgrims. And joyful pilgrims brought income to the local business.  For some reason this makes me recall the one St. Patricks day Barry and I spent in NYC.  We had friends from Hawick who were going to be there and our favorite Hawick band, Scocha, was playing in the parade.  “Pilgrims” from across the land were gathered in the city to celebrate. Business, established and pop-up, were doing brilliant trade – you could tell because of all the shamrock headwear everywhere you turned.  It was awesome to meet up with Claire and Katie.  It was thrilling to see and hear Scocha go by in the parade.  We hollered and waved.  That’s how I imagine Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem being.  People present were caught up in the excitement. It was a good day.  It was a sight to be seen.  But what was the significance of it?

 

Jesus had entered Jerusalem, significantly.  He had entered particularly.  He had entered purposefully.  We’re going to read about that in a moment, but before we do, I want to propose this:  Wherever Jesus enters, it is significant, particular and with purpose.  Whether it is into a situation or our life, when Jesus comes, he means to make himself known and noticed. How involved we choose to get with his entrance effects our lives.

 

John 12:12-19

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,

“Praise God!

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hail to the King of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:

“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.

Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”

His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling other about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”

 

There’s a pattern.  Jesus enters, people come seeking Christ to worship and adore him, those threatened by God don’t like it and try to end Jesus.

 

It happened at his birth.  Jesus was born, the shepherds and wisemen come seeking Christ, and Herod, threatened by the one who would be king, tried to end Jesus.

 

And now, Jesus comes into Jerusalem in a significant way, and while some worshipped and adored him, those who were threatened by him plotted to end him.

 

The instigator of the first step in this pattern is God Himself – He sends Jesus into the world, into Jerusalem, into our hearts.

 

The second step is instigated by the Holy Spirit stirring in the lives of those who would believe, making them yearn for Christ and making them curious enough to seek him out. And beyond that calling women and men to worship him.

 

The third step is instigated by the enemy of God.  Perhaps since before the creation of the world, the Enemy of God, Satan, has been about how to tear humanity away from God.  He has done his work to set up a great mistrust between humankind and God their Creator. Filling our heads with lies and mistrust.  That’s how he sets it up in Genesis, that’s how he set it up when he was tempting Christ in the wilderness, and no doubt it has been what he’s been about  during the entire life of Jesus – casting doubt and fear and mistrust between the religious authorities and Jesus. 

 

The Pharisees have about had it with Jesus and his popularity.  As Jesus enters into Jerusalem, fulfilling prophecy that they are well aware of, they are exasperated.  And they are desperate.  Jesus has to be stopped!  But that’s not happening.  The crowds who have been following Jesus know the prophesies too and they are excited!  There is significance in Jesus entering into Jerusalem.  He comes as the Prince of Peace.  He comes as the humble servant. He comes as the rightful ruler.  But he’s not the kind of guy they expected for the job so those who have religiously been watching and waiting for the Messiah for years, blow him off.

 

The common people, who take what they have witnessed of Christ’s life at face value, accept him and rejoice.  They are so excited that Jesus has come into Jerusalem and into their lives.  They have witnessed his teaching and his miracles and his friendship.  Now they are witnessing his entrance to become a ruler of their people.

 

Which side of that response fence do you tend to fall on?  Are you worried that Jesus is going to disturb the status quo of your life or are you excited that he has come and are you living with expectation of what he will do?

 

Jesus has always been the one who comes in.  Meets us where we are.  Reveals himself to us.

 

In the book of Revelation, John writes about a vision he has where Jesus addresses seven churches.  Each receives a warning and an invitation to change, so that they are ready when Jesus comes again.  There was one verse I was after, but feel it needs to be set in context, so I am reading about the church at Laodicea and this is what Jesus has to say to them:

 

Rev 3:14-22

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

 

I think that whenever Jesus enters a place he is starting with this statement: So be diligent and turn from your indifference.  “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

 

How are you feeling about Jesus today?  I am sure that when Jesus rode into Jerusalem there were plenty of folks who were indifferent.  They were distracted or disinterested, like any of us can be.  They made a choice to either shout “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Or they chose to continue to hawk their wares and focus on what was important to them at the moment.  Or they were angry that Jesus had come and were trying to destroy him.  Or perhaps some were just watching, curious to see where all this would lead. Where do you find yourself in that crowd?

 

Has Jesus come to you? Has he entered your space? Your heart? What is it he wants to do there today? Now?  What feelings do you have about this? Are you excited? Afraid? Concerned? Wary? Antagonistic? All the feelings are valid, but it is important we know how we are responding to the presence of Christ here and now.

 

Let’s talk for a moment about our current state of events in the world.  There is a lot of anxiety and fear, grief over loss, uncertainty about tomorrow.  We need to attend to all of those feelings but not let them rule us.  Because right next to all of those things, Jesus has shown up. He has entered in. And with him, He has brought hope and peace and joy.  Jesus has entered into this scenario with love and concern and kindness.  You will see it extended and you will know it is Him.  Jesus will reveal himself because he wants to be known by you!  How will you respond when he knocks?

 

Remember: Jesus enters significantly.  He enters particularly.  He entered purposefully.  How is Jesus coming to you?  What is it Jesus wants to do for you?  What significant things does Jesus want to do in your life?  Are you going to let him in to do it?  The choice is yours.

 

Let us pray.

  • Open our eyes, hearts, and minds to see you, love you and receive you as you make yourself known to us.
  • We pray for our communities as our freedom of movement becomes more and more restricted and we have to find new ways to cope, to communicate, to be – keep us at peace as only you can.
  • Thank you for health care workers who willingly go to work to bring comfort and healing to those who are sick and wounded and dying. Use them to bring hope in every situation and keep them safe in every way.
  • We pray for our elderly population, separated from family and friends for the sake of health safety. We pray for those who are at work to keep this generation emotionally healthy.  We pray for the families that may feel the guilt of separation and feel unable to help those in their care – Lord, be their peace.
  • Thank you for understanding the range of emotions we feel at this time. You understand our feelings of helplessness. Our feelings of rebellion.  Our feelings of despair. You are in the midst of our sorrow and grieving and loss. Remind us that you care.  Remind us that you are also the Great God, the one who binds up the broken hearted and empowers them to live a new life.  Great are you Lord, and greatly to be praised.
  • Father, fix our eyes on you and on your wonders and on your beauty. Help us not to be lost in the news but help us to be caught up in your Good News and in your truth.  Watch and keep us.  And hear us as we pray together, even as we are apart, the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, saying: Our Father . . .

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

 

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Meet here TODAY at 11:00 for our “Palm Sunday Parade”

Tuesday at 7:00 our Alpha Course continues.  Interested? Let me know

Thursday – If you would like, prepare communion for your household.  Juice or wine and bread.  We will participate in celebrating communion.  If you are uncomfortable with this or want to wait until we are physically regathered that is fine, but would like to offer it during our Maundy Thursday service.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – @ Wyalusing Presbyterian Church FB, starts at 8:00 p.m.

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The first we can begin to think about gathering together will be May 3rd, so stay in touch by phone, text and email!  The prayer team would still love to pray for you!
 

“It Is Well With My Soul”

 

When peace like a river

Attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot

Thou hast taught me to say

It is well

It is well with my soul

 

It is well with my soul

It is well

It is well with my soul

 

Tho’ Satan should buffet

Tho’ trials should come

Let this blest assurance control

That Christ hath regarded

My helpless estate

And hath shed His own blood

For my soul

 

My sin O the bliss

Of this glorious tho’t

My sin not in part but the whole

Is nailed to the cross

And I bear it no more

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord O my soul

 

And Lord haste the day

When the faith shall be sight

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll

The trump shall resound

And the Lord shall descend

Even so it is well

With my soul

 

Horatio Gates Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss

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“10,000 Reasons”

 

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

 

The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning

It’s time to sing Your song again

Whatever may pass

and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes

 

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger

Your name is great and Your heart is kind

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

 

And on that day when my strength is failing

The end draws near and my time has come

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years and then forevermore

 

CCLI Song # 6016351

Jonas Myrin | Matt Redman

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“I Sing The Mighty Power of God”

 

I sing the mighty pow’r of God

That made the mountains rise

That spread the flowing seas abroad

And built the lofty skies

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day

The moon shines full at His command

And all the stars obey

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord

That filled the earth with food

He formed the creatures with His word

And then pronounced them good

Lord how Thy wonders are displayed

Where’er I turn my eye

If I survey the ground I tread

Or gaze upon the sky

 

There’s not a plant or flow’r below

But makes Thy glories known

And clouds arise and tempests blow

By order from Thy throne

While all that borrows life from Thee

Is ever in Thy care

And everywhere that man can be

Thou God art present there

 

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Isaac Watts | John E. Coates

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“My Light House”

 

In my wrestling and in my doubts

In my failures You won’t walk out

Your great love will lead me through

You are the peace in my troubled sea

whoa oh

You are the peace in my troubled sea

 

In the silence You won’t let go

In the questions Your truth will hold

Your great love will lead me through

You are the peace in my troubled sea

whoa oh

You are the peace in my troubled sea

 

My Lighthouse my Lighthouse

Shining in the darkness

I will follow You oh

My Lighthouse my Lighthouse

I will trust the promise

You will carry me safe to shore

Safe to shore safe to shore safe to shore

 

I won’t fear what tomorrow brings

With each morning I’ll rise and sing

My God’s love will lead me through

You are the peace in my troubled sea

whoa oh

You are the peace in my troubled sea

 

Fire before us

You’re the brightest

You will lead us

Through the storms (hey)

(REPEAT 3X)

 

 

CCLI Song # 7002032

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

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“I Sing The Mighty Power of God”

 

I sing the mighty pow’r of God

That made the mountains rise

That spread the flowing seas abroad

And built the lofty skies

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day

The moon shines full at His command

And all the stars obey

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord

That filled the earth with food

He formed the creatures with His word

And then pronounced them good

Lord how Thy wonders are displayed

Where’er I turn my eye

If I survey the ground I tread

Or gaze upon the sky

 

There’s not a plant or flow’r below

But makes Thy glories known

And clouds arise and tempests blow

By order from Thy throne

While all that borrows life from Thee

Is ever in Thy care

And everywhere that man can be

Thou God art present there

 

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Isaac Watts | John E. Coates

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Invocation

 

Welcome – If you’re here, let us know!

 

Call To Worship
        Psalm 27

Hymn  “Your Name Is Power”

 

You’re the only answer to the darkness

You’re the only right among the wrong

You’re the only hope among the chaos

You are the voice that calls me on

Louder than ev’ry lie

My sword in ev’ry fight

The truth will chase away the night

 

Your name is power over darkness

Freedom for the captives

Mercy for the broken and the hopeless

Your name is faithful in the battle

Glory in the struggle

Mighty it won’t let us down or fail us

(Your name is power)

(Your name is power)

 

I know it is written hope is certain

I know that the Word will never fail

I know that in ev’ry situation

You speak the power to prevail

Louder than ev’ry lie

My sword in ev’ry fight

The truth will chase away the night

 

 

When You speak You scatter darkness

Light arrives and heaven opens

Holy Spirit let us hear it

When You speak the church awakens

We believe the change is coming

Holy Spirit let us see it

 

Your name is power over darkness

Your name is power in the chaos

Your name is power

 

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Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

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Declaration of Faith                             “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      creator 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 to hell.

      The third day he rose again from the dead.

      He ascended to 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.

 

Centering Prayer

 

The Message and Scripture

“Who Is God? Who Are We?”

Genesis 1:26-28, Titus 2:11-14, Acts 1:8, 2:42-47

 

Who do you believe God to be in the middle of this situation we find ourselves in?  We’ve just recited “The Apostle’s Creed” and if we believe in our hearts what we’ve spoken with our lips, we are saying that we believe in a God who is the Creator, Redeemer and Empowerer of us.

 

But what are the consequences of these beliefs?  How do they actually play out in our day to day lives?  If we do more than confess with our lips and actually believe with our hearts that

God is our Creator, Redeemer and Empowerer,  how does it make a difference in the living of our days?  I want to propose the following thoughts:

 

If we believe that God is the Creator then it means that we are the “created” ones.

  • CreatedGenesis 1:26-28 (NLT)

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

 

So God created human beings in his own image.

    In the image of God he created them;

    male and female he created them.

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

 

Created in the image of God.  We were created and given authority to rule and steward the earth.  If you re-read the entire creation account in Genesis, you will see that after everything God created, it was acclaimed to be a good thing – a good day’s work.  It was no different on the sixth day of creation after God made man and woman.  Gen 1:31 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” 

 

That’s our story.  We were created in the image of God.  If we claim that God is Creator, we have to also acknowledge that we are the created.  We may not all come down with the same exact interpretation of what that means, but can we agree that we are created in the image of God?

 

It matters because it impacts how we live in relationship to God.  If he created us, doesn’t that imply that he has authority over us?  Some right to tell us how to live?  Isn’t God in a position as Creator to tell us and instruct us on what is right and wrong and who, if not God should be able to tell us how to live?

 

What do you think about that?  Do you believe that God is the Creator and therefore has all the rights and privileges to reign over his creation?

 

  • Redeemed – The Apostle’s Creed says quite a lot about what Jesus did and will do. From Christ’s conception to birth we state what we believe.  All of it affirms that Jesus lived, died and rose again to redeem us from our sin so that we can stand before God restored to the nature he created us to have. 

 

Why do we need to be restored? Well, soon after God created humanity, sin stepped in and grabbed our attention and we fell for it. Sin robbed us of the relationship we had with God.  We gave allegiance to God’s enemy rather than God and that broke the relationship.  In order for that relationship to be restored, someone had to make it right.  That someone was Jesus, who was the perfect sacrifice and willingly gave himself up for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins and restored to a right relationship with God.

 

When we say that we believe all these things about Jesus, we are claiming both our need for redemption and that he is the Redeemer, sent from God to restore us into a right relationship with God forever. 

 

Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.  And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”

 

So the redemption we receive from Christ doesn’t just save us and give us fire insurance to keep us from hell, it teaches us to continue to say “no” to sin so that there can be an end to our separation from God starting now!

 

Being redeemed by what Jesus did, sets Christians apart from those who reject God.  And again, our being redeemed should shape how we live.  If Jesus paid a ransom for us, with his life, shouldn’t we live as if we’re grateful for that sacrifice?  What do you imagine that kind of gratitude looks like? How does that kind of gratitude shape how you live your life before God and others?

 

I claim the redemption of Jesus in my life.  I want to live in gratitude for what he has done by loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I want to gratefully love my neighbor as myself in hopes that I can show them who Jesus is.  But . . . I am still a sinner.  Still tempted to walk back to the very things Jesus has redeemed me from.  I need help and I wager you do too. 

 

I wonder if it’s at this next belief that we often fall down.

 

  • Empowered John 14:15-17 (NLT)

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”

 

When the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost it set into motion the life we know as being the church.  God the Creator, through Jesus the Redeemer, sent the Holy Spirit the Empowerer to be with believers so that we would be able to live out the faith we proclaim.  Because of the Holy Spirit we live out our empowered life: unified in Christ as those set apart by him and for him, living out our forgiveness, living in hope of the resurrection and life everlasting with God.

 

Paul lays out some qualities there are evident in those who are empowered by the Holy Spirt.  He labels them as the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23:  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

 

Living an empowered life as the body of Christ means that we practice and are identified by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  How are we doing?  Are we allowing the Spirit who live in us to live through us and shape our lives to match what the Creator and Redeemer have intended for our lives?

 

Do you believe in the empowering and transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your life?  How are you seeing it grow and change you?

 

Friends, it is important for us to consider what we say we believe.  It is important that our actions match up with what we proclaim, otherwise . . . well, it doesn’t look good to the world we are trying to convince to come to faith in God.  I think that I’ve spent years of my “Christian life” playing a hypocrite.  I think I’ve got that down, not living what I say I believe.  Coming up short on joy and patience and obedience.  Not allowing the Holy Spirit to empower me just because I choose to shut him down and go my own way.  But we are in a different season now.  Maybe part of the wake up call for me and for the church is to invest ourselves in what we believe to be true. And to think about where we are getting our sources of truth from – which may not always be FaceBook and the media – just sayin’!

 

What if today, we begin to attend to what we really believe to be true about God and start living it out.  You can start with the Apostle’s Creed, but maybe that’s too big of a chunk.  Maybe we need to bite off one belief at at time.  Ooooo!! Maybe that’s what we’ll focus on during our Nudge at Nine this week!!!  Please send me some aspects of God you struggle with and we can tackle them!

 

 

Prayer for the People and The Lord’s Prayer

End the Pandemic

Health care providers

Those who are ill and compromised

Those who are healthy but afraid

Those who are alone in this time – connect them with others and with hope

Provide for our needs

For the local school administration and staff as they discern the path forward

For teachers and students who are feeling lost without one another

For the massive losses that people are feeling with important events cancelled in every area of life

For churches and their leaders who are trying to figure out how to maintain what is essential in the life of the Body of Christ that we might live our our discipleship with boldness and wisdom.

And as your disciples we pray together . . .

Hymn Of The Ages

 

All history shall bow before Your throne

Time and space on bended knee shall come

Though kingdoms pass away

Your majesty remains

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

The Alpha and Omega without end

The Everlasting makes this wretch His friend

The angels stand in awe

This beggar heart responds

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Chorus

You’re the hymn of the ages

The hope of all the world

You carried our redemption on Your shoulders

You’re the anthem of salvation

Jesus Lord of Lords

Your legacy will echo through the ages

 

Oh for a countless choir in my lungs

To sing Your praises with a thousand tongues

The purpose in my days

Is ever to proclaim

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Bridge

We raise the never-ending song

The greatest song we’ve ever known

The song of angels

The hymn of ages

Holy is the Lord

We praise the never-ending One

The greatest joy we’ve ever known

All hail King Jesus

Forever glorious

Holy is the Lord

 

Announcements and  Benediction

  • Children’s Church – there is a link posted on the FB page and we will be working to make sure it is on the website too.
  • Tuesday Night ZOOM Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Let’s do 1 Peter
  • Join us for “Daily Connect” on Facebook Live every weekday morning at 9:00 a.m.

 

“God Will Take Care of You”

Be not dismayed what e’er be tide

God will take care of you

Beneath His Wings of love abide

God will take care of you

 

God will take care of you

Through every day o’er all the way

He will take care of you

God will take care of you

 

Through days of toil when heart doth fail

God will take care of you

When dangers fierce your path assail

Follow-up Questions for post-worship discussion

 

Which person of the Trinity are you most comfortable with?  Father, Son, or Holy Spirit?

 

How does your relationship shape your understanding of who God is?

 

In which relationship with the Trinity do you need to grow in?

 

How might you begin to invest in that relationship?  (Need ideas? Contact Pastor Karen!)

 


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The Goodness of God March 22

 

Call To Worship  – Adapted from Psalm 71

Leader: I come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will praise Your                                          righteousness, Yours alone.

People: O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your                                    wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake  me, until I proclaim Your might to all the generations to come. Your power and Your righteousness, O God, reach the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You? My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; my soul also, which You have rescued. 

Leader: O God, who is like You? Let our lips shout for joy, let us sing our praises to You.


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Watch the Lesson for Children’s Church Here!  Sunday March 22, 2020