Order of Worship – June 7, 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 Temple

Read today’s lesson beside or from the inside of a temple built by your kids.  They can use blocks, legos, or even chairs and blankets but we have found that Bible stories can be more exciting when reading from inside of a fort, or in this case, a temple! 

Can you image the kind of work it took to build a real temple? It would be quite a task even today but image thousands of years ago when they didn’t have big machines(tractors) to help!

Activity 2: Search for Gold

Have your kids walk around your house and find 10 things that are the color GOLD.

We don’t see many things overlaid with real gold today.  Gold is a precious metal often associated with wealth and power.  In the Bible story we will hear today, King Solomon built a temple for the Lord and overlaid it with pure gold.  

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 133”                                                                                  

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

Hymn of Acclamation: “All Creatures of Our God and King” St. Francis of Assisi, 1225 – Trans. Draper                                                          

All creatures of our God and King, 
lift up your voice and with us sing 
O praise him, alleluia! 
Thou burning sun with golden beam, 
thou silver moon with softer gleam, 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong, 
ye clouds that sail in heaven along, 
O praise him, alleluia! 
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, 
ye lights of evening, find a voice, 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, three in one. 
O praise him, O praise him, 
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

We Mourn The Reality of sin

Prayer of Illumination

Jesus, show me in what ways I’m prejudiced, not just opinionated; racist, not just proud of my heritage; a bigot, not just someone with convictions. Where do I anchor my identity, more than in my union with you?

[Moment of Silent Confession to Follow]

Hymn of Confession: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” Wesley, 1744

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a king
Born to reign in us forever
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Prayer of Lament

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 

Lord Jesus, the evil events over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, break our hearts and fuel our disgust; intensify our longings for your return, and amplify our calling to peace-making.

How long, Oh, Lord? How long before the Day when all racism, prejudice and tribalism will be eradicated—replaced with love, honor and the richest community imaginable? We crave the Day of consummate reconciliation—the Day when supremacy will only be attributed to you.

United Nations won’t be a building, but a reality. There won’t be any insiders or outsiders; no “pecking order” or ordering one another around; no more nuclear war threats, or cars being used as agents of homicide. The only position that will be jockeyed for will be falling down on our faces to adore you, and then staying low to wash one another’s feet. How long, Oh, Lord?

Finally, and fully, we’ll love each other the way you love us, Jesus. Honoring one another above ourselves will be our delight, not our discipline. Diversity won’t be tolerated, but celebrated. All of our relationships will be whole, beautiful, and joyful—the overflow of living in joyful, intimate relationship with you, our Father, and God the Holy Spirit. Soon, Lord, please soon.

We’ll never fail or hurt one another again. We’ll never have to apologize, forgive and reconcile about anything. Jesus, finally, your church—your beloved Bride, will love the way you love us. No more spats or splits; no more worship wars or wagging tongues; no more denominational petulance or theological arrogance; no more church shopping or church hopping; no more bickering, backbiting or bitterness. Yes, yes, yes!

Until then, Jesus, bring the power of the gospel to bear in extraordinary ways in our relationships, churches, and communities. Grant us greater grief and repentance over the ways we love poorly. Stun us, humble us, and gladden us… again and again and again… with glory and grace. There is no other way we’ll change. So very Amen, we pray, with conviction and hope, in your grace-full name.

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon and Redemption: “1 John 4:9-10”

9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Hymn of Redemption: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” Townend, 1990

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Reading: “Philippians 2:1-11”  

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “How to be ‘We’ in an ‘Us vs. Them’ World”
Davis Lacey – Philippians 2:1-11

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  1. The Ideal – Unity Among God’s People
  2. The Obstacle – The Selfishness of the Human Heart
  3. The Result – Loneliness (Selfishness ALWAYS Results in Loneliness)
  4. The Choice – Polarization, or Incarnation

The incarnation of Jesus reminds us that we don’t have to look out for ourselves, because God has looked out for us once-and-for-all through Christ.

A response of incarnation means we are free of fighting:

  1. Our Pasts (Humility)
  2. FOR our Future (Compassion – fighting FOR people, not against people)
  3. IN The Present (Unity)

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Jesus Paid it All”
Hall, 1865 

I hear the Savior say: “Thy strength indeed is small”
Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in me thine all in all.

Jesus paid it all! All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain; 
He washed it white as snow.

Lord now indeed I find; thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots, And melt the heart of stone.

Repeat Chorus

And when before the throne, I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save, my lips shall still repeat.

Repeat Chorus

O praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead! (REPEAT) 

Repeat Chorus

Commissioning of the church

Hymn of New Creation: “The Church’s One Foundation”
Stone, 1866 

The church’s one foundation 
Is Jesus Christ her Lord, 
She is His new creation 
By water and the Word. 
From heaven He came and sought her 
To be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought her, 
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation, 
Yet one over all the earth; 
Her charter of salvation, 
One Lord, one faith, one birth; 
One holy Name she blesses, 
Partakes one holy food, 
And to one hope she presses, 
With every grace endued. 

The church shall never perish, 
Her dear Lord to defend 
To guide, sustain and cherish, 
Is with her to the end 
Though there be those that hate her, 
And false sons in her pale 
Against a foe or traitor, 
She ever shall prevail 

Mid toil and tribulation,
 And tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation 
Of peace forevermore; 
‘Til, with the vision glorious, 
Her longing eyes are blessed, 
And the great church victorious 
Shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union 
With God the Three in One, 
And mystic sweet communion 
With those whose rest is won. 
O happy ones and holy! 
Lord, give us grace that we 
Like them, the meek and lowly, 
On high may dwell with Thee.

Benediction and Sending