Order of Worship – May 3, 2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

Ridge Kids – see today’s Order of Worship online at (www.AutumnRidgeCommunityChurch.com) to access a Bible lesson, and activity sheet!

Activity 1: “Build a home for God”
Let your kids use whatever building material they would like to use (blocks, wood, legos, blankets and pillow, etc) to build a model house they think would be suitable for God. 

SAY: God certainly deserves a wonderful house like a palace! That is just what King David thought in the Bible story we will hear today.  David built a palace for himself and then looked around and realized that God’s house- the tabernacle- was just a tent! He wanted to do something about it.  Pay close attention to the Bible story to find out what happened. 

Activity 2: “Everlasting Bubbles”
Mix water, soap and corn syrup in a bowl. 
(For best results, prepare solution a few hours before or even the day before)Have your kids blow a bubble and have them count how many seconds the bubble lasts before it pops.  Which bubble lasted the longest?

SAY: The average “lifespan” of a bubble is measured in seconds. The average lifespan of a person in the United States is 78 years. In today’s lesson we are going to hear about a promise God made to King David. God told David that his kingdom would last not 80 seconds or even 80 years, but forever!

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4                                                                                  

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

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
Yea, 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

Exercise of Lament:  

“Where have the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic caused you to feel as if you were at your ‘breaking point’?”

[Pause for time of reflection]

Hymn of Lament: “Though You Slay Me” 
Shane and Shane, 2013                                                                                                                

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You struck down to bind me up
You say You do it all in love
That I might know You in Your suffering

(Chorus)
Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Chorus

Though tonight I’m crying out
Let this cup pass from me now
You’re still all that I need
You’re enough for me
You’re enough for me

Chorus

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of comfort and Redemption: “2 Corinthians 1:5”                                                         

 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

Hymn of Comfort and Redemption: “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.

Refrain
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


Reading: “2 corinthians 1:3-11”    

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.  7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Life for Those Burdened to the Point of Death” Davis Lacey – 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Main Idea: God’s comfort doesn’t come in the absence of burdens, but in the midst of burdens.

Three implications of Jesus’ Resurrection in relation to our burdens:

  1. We are never without companionship in our burdens… (v. 3)
  2. We are never without help in our burdens… (v. 5)
  3. We are never without hope in our burdens… (v. 10)

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response/New Creation: “Your Labor Is Not in Vain” kimbrough, Zach, and Wardell, 2017

Your labor is not in vain
Though the ground underneath you Is cursed and stained
Your planting and reaping are never the same
Your labor is not in vain

Your labor is not unknown
Though the rocks they cry out and The sea it may groan
The place of your toil may not seem like a home
But Your labor is not unknown

(Chorus)
I am with you, I am with you
I am with you, I am with you
For I have called you, called you by name
Your labor is not in vain

The vineyards you plant will bear fruit
The fields will sing out and rejoice with the truth
For all that is old will at last be made new
The vineyards you plant will bear fruit

Chorus

The houses you labored to build
Will finally with laughter and joy be filled
The serpent that hurts and destroys will be killed
And all that is broken be healed

Chorus

Commissioning of the church

Reading: “2 Corinthians 1:10”

10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

Benediction and Sending

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