Order of Worship: April 5, 2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

Ridge Kids

  • Access this week’s Ridge Kids Bible lesson here – complete with its own coloring sheet!
  • Also take advantage of these activities that go alongside of the Bible lesson:
    • Activity 1 (Follow the Leader): Choose someone to be the leader, just like Saul was chosen to be the leader of Israel, and have them walk around the room/house doing different things (hopping, dancing, marching, etc) and everyone must follow them and do what they do.  (Make sure everyone has a turn as the leader).
    • Activity 2 (Hide and Seek): Play hide and seek! Then in the Bible lesson, listen closely for the story of how King Saul hides from the Israelites…

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: Zechariah 9:9

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
(Neander, 1680)

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
Praise Him in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord
Who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
And, so gladly sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

Hallelujah (4x)

Praise to the Lord
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy here 
Daily attend thee
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee

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 for aye we adore Him

Hallelujah (4x)

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Abide with Me”
(Lyte, 1847 – Additional Lyrics and Music by Smith, 2007)

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; 
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. 
When other helpers, fail and comforts flee, 
Help of the helpless, abide with me.

Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile; 
And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile, 
Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee, 
On to the close Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence, every passing hour. 
What but Thy grace, can foil the tempter’s power? 
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? 
Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless 
Ills have no weight, tears lose their bitterness 
Where is thy sting death? Where grave thy victory? 
I triumph still, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross, before my closing eyes; 
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies. 
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee
In life, in death, Lord, abide with me. 

Prayer of Congregational Confession

We confess, O Lord, that we fall short of your grace.

Forgive us, Lord. Strengthen us, Lord. Let us trust in your promises. Let us trust in you.

We confess that our present struggles and sufferings often darken our hearts to your timeless goodness. We think less of you because we think more of what we want…what others have…what you’ve withheld.

Forgive us, Lord. Strengthen us, Lord. Let us trust in your promises. Let us trust in you.

We confess that our cries of “How Long, O Lord?” often mask feelings of bitterness and mistrust towards you. We trust our timeliness more than your timelessness. We trust in our progress more than in your plans.

Forgive us, Lord. Strengthen us, Lord. Let us trust in your promises. Let us trust in you.

We confess that our ambitions often stop at the boundaries of our self-proclaimed kingdoms. We want what is good on our terms, not what brings you the most glory. We grow angry or weary when you do not bless what we do, but instead ask us to do that which you bless.

Forgive us, Lord. Strengthen us, Lord. Let us trust in your promises. Let us trust in you.

Holy Father: we plead your forgiveness on the merits of your Son Jesus Christ. Accept his worthiness for our unworthiness; his sinlessness for our sin; his righteousness for our dead works; and his death for our life. We pray these things in his name by the power of his Spirit. Amen.

[Time of Silent Confession to Follow]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon and Redemption: Matthew 20:17-19                                                                  

17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death 19 and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

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 21:1-17

1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
    you have prepared praise’?”

17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “The Enemy on the Inside”
(Davis Lacey – Matthew 21:1-17; Zechariah 9:8-17)

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Hymn of Reflection: “King of Kings”
(Ingram, Ligertwood and Ligertwood, 2019)                                                                                                 

In the darkness, we were waiting
Without hope, without light
‘Til from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died

Repeat Chorus

And the morning that You rose
All of Heaven held its breath
‘Til that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored

And the church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel, shall not faint
By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me 

Repeat Chorus

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New creation: “It Is Well With My Soul”
(Spafford, 1873)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well (it is well) – With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

Repeat Refrain

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
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!

Repeat Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my 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.

Repeat Refrain

Benediction and Sending