Order of Worship – September 6th, 2020

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 107:1-2”

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Neander, 1680 

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
The King of creation
O my soul, praise Him
For He is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near
Praise Him in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord
Who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
And, so gladly sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

Hallelujah (4x)

Praise to the Lord
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy here Daily attend thee
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath
Come now with praises before Him
Let the ‘amen’ sound from His people again
Gladly for aye we adore Him

Hallelujah (4x)

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of confession: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Charles 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,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Prayer of Confession: “For Seeking Blessing Elsewhere” Adapted from The Valley of Vision

Lord Jesus: you are the One in whom people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language will be eternally blessed.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

We define our prosperity by our bank accounts, our cars, our homes, and our expenditures – rather than in the depth of your saving grace for us.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

We set our budgets, our calendars, and our other priorities in relation to the here-and-now, rather than in the Eternity you have purchased for us.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

We run after the vain praises of other people, rather than delighting in the Father’s approval that you have already won for us.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

We have erred: both in retreating blindly from our fears and in chasing fool-heartedly after our hopes, rather than by walking with you and keeping your commandments.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

We ask you to bless what we do, rather than doing what you bless.

Forgive us for seeking blessing elsewhere.

Lord Jesus: thank you for your mercy towards sinners like us. By the power of your Spirit, convict us each of the ways we have sought blessing in things, people, and places other than you.

Amen


[Pause for Silent Reflection and Confession]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Colossians 2:13-14”                                                                          

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Hymn of Redemption: “His Mercy is More”
Papa and Boswell, 2016 

CHORUS      
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

REPEAT CHORUS

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

REPEAT CHORUS

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

REPEAT CHORUS

Reading: “Matthew 7:7-11”

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Persist In Prayer”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 7:7-11

Main Takeaway: Persist in prayer, for our Heavenly Father hears and responds to the prayers of His children!

  • In ways that are like our earthly Fathers
  • In ways that are unlike our earthly Father

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

Hymn of New Creation: “Your Will Be Done”              
CityAlight, 2020

Your will be done, my God and Father
As in heaven, so on earth
My heart is drawn to self-exalting
Help me seek Your kingdom first
As Jesus walked, so I shall walk
Held by Your same unchanging love
Be still my soul, O lift your voice and pray:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done.’

How in that Garden he persisted
I may never fully know
The fearful weight of true obedience
It was held by him alone
What wondrous faith, to bear that cross!
To bear my sin, what wondrous love!
My hope was sure, when there my Saviour prayed:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done.’

When I am lost, when I am broken
In the night of fear and doubt
Still I will trust in my good Father
Yes, to one great King I bow!
As Jesus rose, so I shall rise
In ransomed glory at the throne
My heart restored, with all your saints I sing:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’

As we go forth, our God and Father
Lead us daily in the fight
That all the world might see Your glory
And Your Name be lifted high
And in this Name we overcome
For You shall see us safely home
Now as your church, we lift our voice and pray:
‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’

Benediction and Sending

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