Order of Worship – May 24, 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: “Family Tree”

Print out the ‘Family Tree’ attachment and help your kids complete your family tree. It can also act as a coloring sheet for during the service if need be!

In the story today, David tells his son Solomon to obey God, and he will be successful.  He also tells him about a promise God made to him that every king of Israel will come from their family.

Activity 2: “Ask for Anything” List

Have each member of your family write down a list of the top 5 things they would ask for if they could ask for absolutely anything.  After making the list of 5 things, narrow it down by choosing only one thing from your list  (These are the kinds of questions I loved asking in class because the answers were hilarious!)

Today you will read a story from the Bible about a king that asked for something that seemed a bit unusual for a king.  

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 86:1-13”                                                                                 

1Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Heber, 1826                                                                                                                

 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
who were and are and evermore shall be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

We Mourn The Reality of sin

Hymn of Lament: “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.

Exercise of Lament: “What reality of your life or our world is just too much for you to bear on your own?”

[Moment of Reflection]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Hope and Redemption: “1 Peter 1:3-7”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Hymn of Redemption: “Grace Alone”                              
Kensrue, 2013 

I was an orphan lost at the fall
Running away when I’d hear your call
But Father, you worked your will
I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near your throne
But Father, you loved me still

And in love before you laid the world’s foundation
You predestined to adopt me as your own
You have raised me so high up above my station
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone

You left your home to seek out the lost
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, your face was set
I worked my fingers down to the bone
Nothing I did could ever atone
But Jesus, you paid my debt

By your blood I have redemption and salvation
Lord, you died that I might reap what you have sown
And you rose that I might be a new creation
I am born again by grace and grace alone

I was in darkness all of my life
I never knew the day from the night
But Spirit, you made me see
I swore I knew the way on my own
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone
But Spirit, you moved in me

At your touch my sleeping spirit was awakened
On my darkened heart the light of Christ has shone
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone

So I’ll stand in faith by grace and grace alone
I will run the race by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone
I will reach the end by grace and grace alone

Reading: “Luke 18:1-8”                                                                                                                                  

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “A Message on prayer”
Matt Henderson – Luke 18:1-8

Points to take away with you:

  1. God often changes a verdict based on the prayers of His people
  2. Do not accept “no answer” from God as being God’s answer of no
  3. The greatest glory of prayer is that God is magnified

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


Hymn of New Creation: “Come Behold the wondrous mystery” Matt boswell, Michael Bleecker and Matt Papa , 2013                                                                                    

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity                                         
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin                                   
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory                                           
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!                                        
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

Benediction and Sending

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