Order of Worship – May 31, 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: Rules and Consequences

Draw a line to divide a dry erase board or large piece of paper into two columns. Label the first column RULES and the second column CONSEQUENCES.  Ask your kids to name rules they hear at home, at school, or even in the community.  (Examples: look both ways before crossing the street, don’t touch the stove, wash your hands before eating) 
Then ask your kids to list the possible consequences of disobeying each rule. (Example: if you don’t look both ways before crossing the street, you could get hit by a car) 
Talk about why we have rules like these.  Some people- especially young children- don’t always realize the consequences of their actions. Without these rules they might walk into traffic, touch a hot stove, or eat lunch with dirty hands.  In this weeks story we will talk about some rules in God’s Word that are there to help us learn to live wisely.  

Activity 2: Word Search

Complete the attached word search about King Solomon.

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 19”                                                                                  

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Hymn of Acclamation: “King of kings”
Hillsong Worship, 2019                                                                                          

In the darkness, we were waiting
Without hope, without light
‘Til from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

Chorus
Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died

Chorus

And the morning that You rose
All of Heaven held its breath
‘Til that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored

And the church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel, shall not faint
By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me 

Chorus

Prayer of Confession: “John Wesley, 1738”

Forgive them all Oh Lord:
Our sins of omission and our sins of commission;
The sins of our youth and the sins of our riper years,
the sins of our souls and the sins of our bodies;
our secret sins of ignorance and surprise,
Our more deliberate and presumptuous sins;
The sins we commit to please others,
the sins we commit to please ourselves;
The sins we know and remember
and the sins we have forgotten;
The sins we strive to hide from others
and the sins by which we have made others offend; Forgive them all O Lord; please forgive them all for His sake. He who died four our sins and rose for our justification
And now stands at your right hand and makes intercession for us, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen. 

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Christ, Or Else I Die”
Hammond, 1745 – Arr. Red Mountain Music, 2005

Gracious Lord, incline thy ear;
My requests vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

Wealth and honor I disdain,
Earthly comforts, Lord are vain;
These can never satisfy:
Give me Christ, or else I die.

CHORUS
All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing but sin;
On thy mercy I rely;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

Thou dost freely save the lost;
In thy grace alone I trust.
With my earnest suit comply;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

Thou dost promise to forgive
All who in thy Son believe;
Lord, I know thou canst not lie;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

REPEAT CHORUS

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Hebrews 10:19-23”

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hymn of Redemption: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Martin Luther, 1527?                                                                                                      

A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Does seek to work us woe
His craft and power are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing
You ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He!
The Lord of Hosts His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle 

And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us
And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing

Reading: “ Romans 8:18-25” 

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

                                                                                                                           Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “What does the Bible say about suffering?”
Ben Beswick– Romans 8:18-25

Ben Beswick is a good friend of Pastor Davis’, and among other things, is a Doctoral Candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Biblical Counseling Emphasis). 

Main Point: “It is only when we see our present suffering in light of our glorious future that we are able to persevere (through suffering)…”

Many believers struggle with either an “over-realized eschatology” (minimizing the reality of pain and suffering in the world), or else with an “under-realized eschatology” (having no concept for how pain and suffering advance God’s glory throughout the world). For us all, Ben reminds us from Romans 8:18-25 – because of Christ, our future is certain – and it is indescribably glorious. 

  1. Glorious for nature
  2. Glorious for believers
  3. Gloriously certain – for our future is given by God himself!

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “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

 Commissioning of the church

Hymn of new creation: “Is He Worthy?”
Peterson and Shive, 2018

Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new?  (We do)

Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this? (He is!)

Does the Father truly love us? (He does)
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)
And does Jesus, our Messiah hold forever those He loves? (He does)
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From every people and tribe, Every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God To reign with the Son

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this? (He is!)
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? (He is!) (He is!)

Benediction and Sending

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