Order of Worship – August 2nd, 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: 20 Questions

Pick someone from your family to think of an object (Ex: monkey) and then have them tell the other players which category your mystery object fits into. (Ex: animal) 
Each member of the family can take turns asking YES or NO questions to try and learn more about the mystery object.  Once 20 YES or NO questions have been asked, each member of the family gets one guess as to what the mystery object is. 

SAY: One of the best ways to find out new information is to ask questions. Today we are going to hear a Bible story about a man who asked Jesus some questions because he didn’t understand what Jesus said. 

Activity 2: Into the Light

Place several common items into a box or gift bag. Choose a family member to stand in front.  Hold the bag behind their back and challenge them to pull a specific item from the bag without looking. 

Encourage them to feel the items to select the correct one.  When they have selected the item they think is the right one, they can hold it up to see if they are correct. Place the item back in the bag ans choose the next person to take a turn.

Once kids have displayed several of the items, play again by handing the volunteer an item behind their back. Have them describe to the group how the item feels (long, short, round, smooth, and so forth) and let the group identify it. 

SAY: Nicodemus talked to Jesus at night. He did not know the truth about God.  Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again.  Jesus came to tell people the truth about God and to bring them into the light.

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: Psalm 145:3-7

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Mediator”
Huxford, 2013

He takes our place 
and stands in front of God on high
He speaks on our behalf 
since we don’t have the right
He pleads before the God who judges hearts of men
Our Mediator served the sentence for our sin

There is only one God
There is only one Mediator
Standing between God and man
He’s the only way to salvation

He found the captives
Broke the bondage of our chains
We have redemption through 
The price that He has paid
He gave his life to purchase freedom from the fall
Our mediator was the ransom for us all


The man Jesus Christ
Who gave us His life
The man Jesus Christ
The last sacrifice
The eternal Son 
Messiah has come 


We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “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.

Prayer of confession 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Forgive us when we act in ways that shame your name; help us to honor and praise your name by all we think, say, and do.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Forgive us when we selfishly focus on our own lives and fail to bring your love and grace to the world around us—in our neighborhoods, congregations, cities, our country, and our world. Help us be bearers of your kingdom and willingly and faithfully do your work.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us when we fail to trust you with our daily needs, when we rely too much on ourselves, and when we forget where every good and perfect gift comes from. Forgive us when we put more trust in man than in you. Teach us to find hope in you alone.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Forgive us for those times when we harden our hearts toward those who have hurt us, forgetting that, time and again, you forgive us when we have hurt you.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

We confess those times when we fall into temptation, despite your Holy Spirit calling us to obedience.

May our lives point to you, not to ourselves, because it is only in the power and glory of Jesus Christ that we receive life. 


We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of pardon: “Hebrews 4:14-16”                                  

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hymn of Redemption: “Before the Throne of God Above” Bancroft, 1863

Before the throne of God above 
I have a strong and perfect plea 
A great High Priest whose name is love 
Who ever lives and pleads for me 
My name is graven on His hands 
My name is written on His heart 
I know that while in heav’n He stands 
No tongue can bid me thence depart  

When Satan tempts me to despair 
And tells me of the guilt within 
Upward I look and see Him there 
Who made an end of all my sin 
Because the sinless Savior died 
My sinful soul is counted free 
For God the Just is satisfied 
To look on Him and pardon me 

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb 
My perfect, spotless Righteousness 
The great unchangeable I AM 
The King of glory and of grace 
One with Himself, I cannot die 
My soul is purchased by His blood 
My life is hid with Christ on high 
With Christ my Savior and my God 

Reading: “Matthew 6:1-18”  

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Lord’s Prayer

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. 
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done, 
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread, 
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil. 

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “The Instagram Righteousness Syndrome” Davis lacey – Matthew 6:1-18

I. What is the Instagram Righteousness Syndrome?

  • Doing the things God loves for reasons God hates
  • Using righteous acts to get glory for ourselves, rather than to give glory to God

II. What is the Cure for Instagram Righteousness?

  • Realize the reason we are all drawn to self-glorification (we know we are not OK)
  • Receive the transforming work of Jesus, which makes us perfect, acceptable, and loved

III. What does Healing from Instagram Righteousness Look Like?

  • Living a life only the Father might see
  • Seeking rewards only the Father can give

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Christ Is Mine Forever More”
CityAlight, 2016

Mine are days that God has numbered
I was made to walk with Him
Yet I look for worldly treasure
And forsake the King of kings
But mine is hope in my Redeemer
Though I fall, his love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing
I am His forevermore

Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes his work in me

Mine are days here as a stranger
Pilgrim on a narrow way
One with Christ I will encounter
Harm and hatred for his name
But mine is armour for this battle
Strong enough to last the war
And he has said he will deliver
Safely to the golden shore

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore

Hymn of the 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,
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