Order of Worship – May 10, 2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

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

Activity 1: Show Kindness like David

In this weeks story, David showed surprising and gracious kindness to Mephibosheth.  In a greater way than David, God shows surprising kindness to us.  Because of Jesus, He invites us into His family and gives us life with Him forever.  
God wants us to show the same kindness to others.  Pick one chore or act of kindness to do for every member of your family. Examples: make them a cup of coffee, make their bed, clean up their plate after a meal, etc.

Activity 2: Family Picnic

David invited Mephibosheth to eat at his table and eat his meals as if he were one of David’s own sons. Invite everyone from your family to eat a picnic together.  Maybe even read today’s Bible story as you picnic together outside or even in your own living room.

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Mother’s Day Prayer”                                                                                 

O Father of Lights, you are the giver of every good and perfect gift. 

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Father.

In your sovereign goodness, you have seen fit to create our mothers.

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Lord Jesus, your Gospels tell us that you pursue your wandering people like a mother hen who gathers her chicks beneath her wings.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Christ.

How often have our mothers pursued us as you pursue your people?

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Holy Spirit, you are the Comforter of the people of Christ. You remind us of all that He has said and done.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Spirit.

The comfort and the instruction which we received from our mothers points us to that which is found in you alone.

Thank you for the gift of our mothers. 

True and living God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: we are gathered here to worship you for who you are and for what you have done.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O God.

And it is only because our mothers labored to bring us into the world that we have the privilege of offering this heartfelt prayer:

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Doxology”
ken, 1674 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Amen

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

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 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.

Prayer of Lament: “A Lament of Broken Motherhood”

We pray for those who never knew their mother.

The gospel is good news. Jesus has not left us as orphans. His Spirit dwells in His people.

We pray for those who have been deeply wounded by their mothers.

The gospel is good news. Jesus took our wounds as His own. By His stripes, we are healed.

We pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother.

The gospel is good news. Jesus rose from the dead! Death no longer has the final word!

We pray for those who are struggling to become mothers.

The gospel is good news. Our worth is not found in the life we bring forth, but in the life that the Spirit has birthed in our hearts. 

We pray for mothers who are struggling to raise young children.

The gospel is good news. Though His children fall short, our Father bears with us in tenderness, in patience, and in constant love. 

We pray for mothers who raise children in poverty.

The gospel is good news. In Christ, we have access to every blessing of heaven. 

We pray for single mothers, and for mothers whose marriages are in crisis.

The gospel is good news. Jesus is the prefect, all-sufficient husband that His people truly need.

We pray for mothers who feel deserted after their children leave the home.

The gospel is good news. Because the Son left the Father, our God is always with His people.

We pray for mothers who have lost a child.

The gospel is good news. Our Father knows the searing pain of losing a child. 

We pray for mothers who have placed children for adoption.

The gospel is good news. Every family is connected. Every family belongs to the Father. 

We pray for mothers who have aborted their children.

The gospel is good news. The Father crushed His Son so that he could adopt folks like us! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

Motherhood is a good gift – and yet it is deeply broken by sin. There are no perfect mothers. There is no perfect motherhood. There is no one who has not been scarred by this brokenness.

The gospel is good news. He who is seated on the throne of Heaven says, “Behold! I am making all things new!”

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Redemption: “Hebrews 4:15-16”                                                          

15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hymn of Redemption: “Before the Throne of God Above” Bancroft, 1863

Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong and perfect plea,
a great High Priest whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
my name is written on his heart.
I know that while in heaven he stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart, 
no tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see him there,
who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God, the just, is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me,
to look on him and pardon me.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One, risen Son, of God!

Behold him there, the risen Lamb,
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace!
One with himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by his blood!
My life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ, my Savior and my God,
with Christ, my Savior and my God.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One, risen Son, of God!

Reading: “1 corinthians 4:1-6”                                                                                                                                  

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Freedom from the Comparison Trap”
Davis Lacey – 1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-6

The pathway to freedom from the comparison trap:

  1. Look less to OTHERS
  2. Look less to SELF
  3. Look more to JESUS

 We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of response: “My Worth Is Not In What I Own”
Getty, Getty, and Kendrick, 2014

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love: At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed: At the cross

CHORUS 
I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure, 
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other. 
My soul is satisfied in Him alone. 

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us: At the cross 

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ: At the cross

REPEAT CHORUS

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid: At the cross

REPEAT CHORUS

Commissioning of The Church

Hymn of 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

Benediction and Sending

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