Order of Worship: 3/29/2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

Ridge Kids Activities:

  • For a PDF of this week’s Gospel Project Bible Reading, click here.
  • For a PDF of a coloring sheet that goes along with this week’s Bible Reading, click here.
  • Corresponding Activities:
    • Activity 1 (Hot Potato):
      • Have everyone sit in a circle and give one person the potato. Start the music and person with the potato will begin passing it to the right and let it continue around the circle until the music stops. The player left holding the potato is out. Resume music and continue in this way until only one player remains. 
      • **Remember this game when you hear the Bible story today. The Philistines- enemies of God’s people- took something from the Israelites but soon decided to get rid of it quickly.     
    • Activity 2 (Musical Chairs):
      • Arrange chairs, one fewer than the number of players, in a circle with chair backs toward the center.  Begin music and have players walk around the chairs.  Randomly pause the music and call out a body part (finger, elbow, left hand, etc) Player must touch that body part to a chair-one player per chair. The player without a chair is out. Remove another chair and continue to play…or continue to play without removing a chair to practice learning body parts and left/right. 
      • **In the Bible story today, Eli the priest was sitting in a chair when he heard some bad news. Eli fell backwards in his chair! Listen closely to the Bible story today to discover what terrible news Eli heard.

Announcements:

  • For a PDF of today’s Order of Worship, click here.
  • Stay connected with Autumn Ridge Community Church by liking our Facebook page, or email INFO@AutumnRidgeCommunityChurch.com. We will have devotional content, music, questions of the day, and more posted in order to keep us in community during this time.

We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!         34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Romans 11 Doxology”
(Peterson, 2006)                                                                                                

VERSE                                                                                                                              
Oh the depth of the riches                                                                          
Of the wisdom and knowledge of God                     
How unsearchable his judgment                                                    
How unknowable his paths

Who knows the mind of our God
And who can bring counsel to Him?
Who has given to God
That God should repay?

CHORUS
For from Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.
To God be the glory forever and ever
To God be the glory forever, amen.

REPEAT VERSE

REPEAT CHORUS

For from Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.
From Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.

To God be the glory forever and ever.
To God be the glory forever, amen.
To God be the glory forever and ever.
To God be the glory forever, amen.

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Lord I need you”
(Maher, 2013)

Lord I come, I confess 
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Chorus
Lord I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, How I need You

Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Repeat Chorus

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay

Repeat Chorus

A Prayer of Lament and Confession Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)                                

Father we come to you today, mourning the reality of sickness, and death, and fear. We realize and confess that these things exist because of our sin and we rejoice with thanksgiving that you have provided redemption from these things by removing the weight of sin from our namesake and giving us a new name in Christ Jesus. We pray that you would allow our hearts to be shaped according to the glory of our new names in Christ. We ask that through this time of sickness, and suffering, and death that you would reveal to us idols we have made of comfort, and routine, and personal gain in our daily lives, and gently break us free from their strongholds. Remind us through this time that our only hope, peace, and joy exist in the security of the work you completed on the cross on our behalf. We praise you for this reality and ask that you give us the grace to accept the new realities we are facing now, and to continue to strive to live out our faith in obedience to your calling. May we glorify you in all we say and do. Amen.

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon and Redemption: Psalm 118:13-24 (NIV)                                                               

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

Hymn of Redemption: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
(Martin Luther, 1527?)                                                                                                    

A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Does seek to work us woe
His craft and power are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing
You ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He!
The Lord of Hosts His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle 

And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us
And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us

If we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing

Reading: Matthew 5:13-16   

                                                                                                                                                                                        13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Salt and Light: Distinct by God’s Design”
(Davis Lacey – Matthew 5:13-16)

Jesus desires his people to live:

  • In distinct community
  • As distinct disciples
  • Who make the world a distinctly better place

We Respond to the Gospel

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Hymn of Response: “All I Have is Christ”
(Kauflin, 2008)

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to your will
And if you had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!

Now, Lord, I would be yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands
Could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way you choose
And let my song forever be, my only boast is you!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Come, thou Long Expected Jesus”
(Wesley, 1744)

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a king
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Benediction and Sending