Order of Worship – August 16th, 2020

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 95:1-3”

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Hymn of Acclamation: “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

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Jesus Cast a Look On Me”
Berridge, 17__?

Jesus cast a look on me
Give me sweet simplicity
Make me poor and keep me low
Seeking only Thee to know

All that feeds my busy pride
Cast it evermore aside
Bid my will to Thine submit
Lay me humbly at Thy feet

Make me like a little child
Of my strength and wisdom spoiled
Seeing only in Thy light
Walking only in Thy might

Leaning on Thy loving breast
Where a weary soul can rest
Feeling well the peace of God
Flowing from His precious blood

In this posture let me live
And hosannas daily give
In this temper let me die
And hosannas ever cry!

Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, we confess that we have long been loving treasures that have nothing to do with you or your Kingdom.We love material treasures, such as our money, friends, cars, clothes, family, bodies, careers, and talents.

What a patient Savior you are!

We demonstrate that these are our treasures by finding deep satisfaction in them. We Have also sought after the treasure of approval, finding our refuge in our performance, and praise from others. We have even sought to lay up treasures in heaven through our own good behavior, as if your favor could be bought by our efforts.

What a patient Savior you are!

We thank you Jesus for your perfect obedience on our behalf, constantly seeking first God’s Kingdom and his glory. Although you were heir of all things, you set aside this treasure, enduring the poverty of being forsaken by the Father.

Thank you, Lord Jesus!

Though we continue daily to daily to value other things ahead of you, you were put to death so that we, the very ones that crucified you, might become your treasure. For this, we are profoundly grateful

Thank you, Lord Jesus!

Remind us of our utter poverty in ourselves and the riches you have lavished upon us. Turn our hearts from earthly treasure, so that we may rightly treasure you above all else.

Amen

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Isaiah 55:1-3”

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Hymn of Redemption: “My Worth is Not in What I Own”
Getty, Getty, and Kendrick, 2014

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed 
At the cross

CHORUS 
I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure, 
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other. 
My soul is satisfied in Him alone. 

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us 
At the cross 

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross

REPEAT CHORUS

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross

REPEAT CHORUS

Reading: “Matthew 6:19-24”

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Do Not Seek the Treasure (of Earth)”
Davis lacey – Matthew 6:19-24

Left unchecked, our pursuit of worldly treasures will lead to our ultimate demise.

  • Most people pursue earthly treasures at the expense of eternity. 
  • Jesus wants HIS people to pursue heaven’s treasures, even if doing so comes at the expense of the treasures of earth.

#1: What are the Treasures of Heaven?

  • “Heaven-Breaking-Into-Earth”
    • CS Lewis, Mere Christianity: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.”
    • The “nevers” of Scripture (Hebrews 13:5, John 3:16, Romans 8:39, John 4:14, etc.)
  • “Earth-Building-Up-for-Heaven”
    • Every follower of Jesus will be filled with joy/satisfaction/awe in eternity (see Revelation 21:1-5).
    • Scripture is also clear that the Lord rewards believers in proportion to their pursuit of His glory in their lives (Ephesians 6:8, Luke 6:38, etc.)
    • John Piper: “Everyone will be full in heaven, but some containers will be larger than others.”
    • The “measure we use” (cf. Luke 6:38) grows our capacity to enjoy Heaven’s jpy, satisfaction, awe, etc.

#2: How do we “Lay Up” Treasures in Heaven?

  • We invest into eternal opportunities, even if doing so comes at the expense of earthly treasures.
    • Salvation (John 3:16)
    • Sanctification (Romans 8:28-29, 1 John 3, etc.)
  • Questions for Reflection:
    • What are the things of earth with which God has entrusted me?
    • How does my treatment of these earthly treasures reveal the state of my heart? (Read Matthew 6:21)
    • What would it look like to take one step towards transformation – to seek the treasure of heaven, even at the expense of the treasures of earth?

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.

Chorus

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

Hymn of New creation: “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

Benediction and Sending

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