Order of Worship – May 17, 2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

Ridge Kids – see today’s Order of Worship online at (www.AutumnRidgeCommunityChurch.com) to access a Bible lesson, Psalm 23 coloring sheet, and Psalm 23 Bingo sheet!

Activity 1: “Psalm 23 BINGO”

Click on the link above and print off as many Bingo sheets as your family needs and play Bingo with pictures and words from this weeks lesson!

Activity 2: “Make A Harp”

In Bible times, people wrote songs called psalms to praise God.  David loved God with all of his heart, and he wrote many of the psalms in the Bible.  Use the resources you have at home and make a harp like David played.  You can use objects like a narrow cake pan, empty tissue box, or even tupperware and wrap rubber bands around them to make your harp.  Then have fun with your kids singing some of their favorite church songs while playing their instrument.  

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Romans 1:16-17”                                                                                 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

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

 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


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


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


We Mourn The Reality of sin

Exercise of Lament: “Who do you know that is separated from Christ?”

Moment of reflection

“Prayer for the Advance of the Gospel”
(Adapted from “God’s Cause” in The Valley of Vision)

Sovereign God: your cause, not my own, engages my heart, and I appeal to you – please, set up your Kingdom in every place in which Satan presently reigns. Glorify your name, and I will rejoice, for to bring honor to your name is my sole desire. 

I adore you, Lord God – and I long that others should know you, feel your presence, and rejoice in your salvation. O, that all people might come to love and praise you! Let sinners be brought to you for the sake of your name!

From a human perspective, everything necessary for the conversion of a lost world is as dark as the sky at midnight on a moon-less night. But you can accomplish great things! The cause of salvation is yours, and it is to your glory that perishing people should be saved!

Towards that end, O Lord – use me as you will. Promote your cause and your Kingdom through my life. Let your interests be advance throughout the world!

Sovereign God – by the power of your Spirit, bring great numbers of people to be saved by Jesus! Let me see that glorious day, and give to me the honor of grasping for a number of souls. Let me be willing to die toward that end, while laboring for you as long as you should allow me to live.

Your Kingdom come! Your will be done! O Lord, may you answer this request – for your great glory, and for our great good. Amen. 

Hymn of Lament: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Robinson, 1758 

Come, thou fount of every blessing; tune my heart to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never-ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it. Mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’ve come.
And I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God.
He to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O, to grace, how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it!  Prone to leave the God I love!
Here’s my heart, Lord: Take and seal it. Seal it for thy courts above.

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Redemption: “Revelation 7:9-10”                                                         

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Hymn of Redemption: “In Christ Alone”
Getty and Townend, 2002 

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

Reading: “Philippians 1:12-18”                                                                                                                                  

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has
happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. To Live Is Christ..       Yes, and I will rejoice

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “What are God’s purposes through this pandemic?”

Becket Cook – Philippians 1:12-18

Philippians: Paul’s response to Christians in Philippi, who were deeply concerned for Paul on account of his imprisonment in Rome.

His message is one of encouragement and joy, because, in God’s economy, suffering for the name of Christ can:

  1. Progress the Gospel
  2. Provoke other Christians to be Bold
  3. Produce Joy

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Sovereign Over Us” 
keyes, 2011                                                                                                                

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust


Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight


Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory


 Commissioning of the church

Hymn of New Creation: “Yet Not I, but Through Christ In Me” City Alight, 2018

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Benediction and Sending