Order of Worship – June 21, 2020

Preliminaries: Welcome and Announcements

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

Activity 1: Recipe List

Pick a dish from a cookbook and ask your kids to each make a list of all of the ingredients they think they would need to make that dish.  Then share the actual list from the cookbook. Allow one point for every ingredient they get correct.  Tally up the total to declare a winner or work together to see how many points they can get combined.  Try more than one dish.  (ex: Lasagna, Pancakes, blueberry pie, etc)

SAY- All of these recipes require ingredients to make the dish.  When God created the world, how do you think he did it? (Allow kids to respond) God didn’t mix together a bunch of ingredients; He created everything out of nothing. 
Have you ever wondered why God created everything? We are going to find out when we hear today’s Bible Story.

Activity 2: Father’s Day Selfie Scavenger Hunt 

Snap as many selfies with dad as you can from the following list:

1. Take a selfie wearing one of dad’s ties
2. Take a selfie eating one of dad’s favorite foods
3. Take a selfie giving dad a kiss on the cheek
4. Take a selfie getting a piggyback ride from dad
5. Take a selfie in dad’s car
6. Take a selfie dog piling on dad
7. Take a selfie doing something dad loves to do
8. Take a selfie sitting in dad’s favorite chair

Kids, be sure to tell your dad how much you love him today!!
Dads, Happy Father’s Day!!

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Responsive Reading 1 John 3:1-3”                                                                                 

Leader: See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;

Congregation: And so we are!

Leader: The reason why the world does no know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared;

Congregation: But we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is!

Leader: And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

This is the word of the Lord!

Congregation: Thanks be to God!

Hymn of Acclamation: “Jesus”
Eichelberger and Bolen, 2013

The King of all Creation set aside His crown
A servant to the Father’s love
Descended from his throne above

Author of Salvation, Giver of new life
Crucified to pay for sin
Our righteousness is in the name of

Jesus! Every heart and tongue confess
Your name above all names
All things of this earth belong to you
Forever you will reign

God of Resurrection, Conqueror of death
Ruler over everything
The Lord of lords and King of kings is

Jesus! Every heart and tongue confess
Your name above all names
All things of this earth belong to you
Forever you will reign

Highly exalted is the name, of Jesus Christ
Heaven and earth declare all praise, to Jesus Christ
Highly exalted is the name, of Jesus Christ
Heaven and earth declare all praise to

Jesus! Every heart and tongue confess
Your name above all names
All things of this earth belong to you
Forever you will reign

Jesus! Every heart and tongue confess
Your name above all names
All things of this earth belong to you
Forever you will reign

Highly exalted is the name, of Jesus Christ
Heaven and earth declare all praise, to Jesus Christ

We Mourn The Reality of sin

Hymn of confession: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
Bliss, 1876                                                                                                                      

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                         

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
He sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                        

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah 

Fathers Day Confession: “A Trinitarian Prayer for When Father’s Day is Hard”

Instead of a celebration of a gift we’ve been given, Father’s Day is often a bitter reminder of what we’ve never had:  
A man we never knew
A man who abandoned us.
A love that’s only been imagined; never enjoyed.
Father’s Day can also be a painful reminder of what we once enjoyed, but can enjoy no longer:
Children who have lost their fathers.
Fathers who have lost their children.

But the gospel is good news!
The Father in heaven will never leave us or forsake us.
The Spirit of God moves among us: 
comforting us; keeping us.
The Son of God has not left us as orphans. He has risen from the grave; death no longer has the final word!

Father’s Day can be a reminder of deep wounds we’ve receive from our fathers:
Why did they never say, “I love you?”
Why did they never come to concerts or games?
Why can nothing we do ever make them proud?
Likewise, Father’s Day can remind fathers of the wounds we’ve received:
Guilt over our sin that has broken those we love.
Inadequacy as we struggle to raise and to train.
Worthlessness as we struggle to provide.
Pain as our families want nothing to do with us.
Anxiety as we decide to place a child for adoption.
Shame over our role in deciding to abort a child.

But the gospel is good news!
God the Father is always pleased with us!
God the Son took our wounds as His own, and by His stripes, we are healed!
God the Spirit washes us and makes us new.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

We lament the fact that fatherhood – a good gift designed by God – has been deeply broken by sin.
There are no perfect fathers.
There is no perfect fatherhood.
There is no one who has not been scarred by this brokenness.

But the gospel is good news!
God the Father is working all things for His glory and for our good!
God the Spirit is praying for us with groanings too deep for words – and His prayers are heard on our behalf!
God the Son is seated on heaven’s throne. Soon, he will say, “Behold! I am making all things new!”


We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon and Redemption: “Psalm 103:6-13”

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

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: “Matthew 5:17-20” 

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Can Jesus and the Old Testament Get Along?”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 5:17-20

What is the Purpose of the Old Testament? John Calvin summarizes the purposes of the Old Testament in Institutes of the Christian Religion

  1. To show the nature of God, the nature of Man, and the need for salvation
  2. To protect society as a whole from unrestrained evil
  3. To guide God’s people in conduct that is pleasing/honoring to God

What does it Mean for Jesus to Fulfill/Accomplish the Old Testament?

  1. In his perfect life, his death, and his resurrection, Jesus shows once and for all the holiness of God, the sinful state of Man, and the means to salvation (the gospel).
  2. The person and work of Jesus is the basis for God’s common grace to the whole world (1 Timothy 4:10). Evil doesn’t go unchecked. 
  3. Jesus teaches and models what it looks like for Christians to grow in godliness.

How do Christians Follow an Old Testament that has Already Been Fulfilled? 

  1. Don’t throw out the Law/Old Testament
  2. Use the most up-to-date version of the Law/Old Testament
  3. Seek the “better righteousness” as you follow the Law/Old Testament

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “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


Commissioning of the church

Hymn of New creation: “Turn Your Eyes”
Lemmel, Sovereign grace music – 1922, 2019

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace                                                                                                                   

Turn your eyes to the hillside
Where justice and mercy embraced
There the Son of God gave His life for us
And our measureless debt was erased

Jesus, to You we lift our eyes
Jesus, our glory and our prize
We adore You, behold You, our Savior ever true
Oh Jesus, we turn our eyes to You

Turn your eyes to the morning
And see Christ the Lion awake
What a glorious dawn, fear of death is gone
For we carry His life in our veins


Turn your eyes to the heavens
Our King will return for His own
Every knee will bow, every tongue will shout,
‘All glory to Jesus alone!’


Benediction and Sending