Order of Worship: 4/19/2020

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: Psalm 121                                                                                    

 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Hymn of Acclamation: “His Mercy is More”
Papa and Boswell, 2016 

CHORUS      
Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more!

What love could remember, no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

REPEAT CHORUS

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father so tender is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

REPEAT CHORUS

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

REPEAT CHORUS

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Exercise of Lament:  

What are some of the Tough Losses you’ve suffered due to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

[Pause for time of reflection]

Hymn of Lament: “O Love that Will not Let me Go” (Matheson, 1882)                                                                                                                   

O love that will not let me go, 
I rest my weary soul in thee.
I give thee back the life I owe, 
That in thine oceans depths its flow.
May richer fuller be.

O light that followest all my way, 
I yield my flickering torch to thee.
My heart restores its borrowed ray, 
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day.
May brighter fairer be.

O joy that seekest me through pain, 
I cannot close my heart to thee.
I chase the rainbow through the rain, 
And feel the promise is not vain.
That morn shall tearless be.

O cross that liftest up my head, 
I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust’s life’s glory dead, 
And from the ground there blossoms red.
Life that shall endless be.

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Redemption: “Isaiah 53:4-6”

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Hymn of Redemption: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” (Bliss, 1876)                                                                                                                       

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                         

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
He sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                        

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah  

Reading: “Isaiah 53”                                                                                                                                                                                         

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Good Grief” Davis Lacey – Isaiah 53

The Main Point: Jesus carries the burden of our grief

  • From our shoulders
  • To the Father

Because of what Jesus has done for us, we are free to grieve:

  • To God
  • To Others

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Jesus, Thank You” (Sczebel, 2003) 

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend,
The agonies of Calvary.
You, the Perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son,
Drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

CHORUS

Your blood has washed away my sin,
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied,
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table,
Jesus, thank You.

By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near,
Your enemy you’ve made Your friend.
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace,
Your mercy and your kindness know no end.

REPEAT CHORUS

Lover of my soul – I want to live for you (REPEAT)

REPEAT CHORUS 

Commissioning of the church

Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:12

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Hymn of New Creation: “Turn your eyes”
(Lemmel, Sovereign grace music – 1922, 2019)

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace                                                                                                                   

Turn your eyes to the hillside
Where justice and mercy embraced
There the Son of God gave His life for us
And our measureless debt was erased

[Chorus]
Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Savior ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You

Turn your eyes to the morning
And see Christ the Lion awake
What a glorious dawn, fear of death is gone
For we carry His life in our veins

[Chorus]

Turn your eyes to the heavens
Our King will return for His own
Every knee will bow, every tongue will shout,
‘All glory to Jesus alone!’

[Chorus]

Benediction and Sending

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