Order of Worship – November 15th, 2020

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 89:1”                                                               

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

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

Hymn of Confession: “Christ Is Mine Forevermore” 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

Prayer of confession

Eternal and merciful God,
you have loved us with a love beyond our understanding,

You have set us on paths of righteousness for your name’s sake; Yet, we have strayed from your way;

As we remember your grace, O God, we praise you and give you thanks that you forgive us yet again. 

We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, through what we have done and what we have left undone, and we have wandered from your pathway. 

Grant us now, we pray, the grace to die daily to sin, and to rise daily to new life in Christ, who lives and reigns with you,

In whose strong name we pray. Amen.

[Moment of silent reflection to follow]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Hope and Redemption: Lamentations 3:21-23

21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

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 9:14-17”


14 
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “A New Fast”
Matt Henderson – Matthew 9:14-17

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me”
Toplady, 1776

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die (Repeat Line 3x)

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee

Hymn of New Creation: “We Will Feast (In the House of Zion)” McCracken, 2015

CHORUS
We will feast in the house of Zion 
We will sing with our hearts restored 
He has done great things, we will say together 
We will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire 
He is the LORD our God 
We are not consumed, by the flood 
Upheld, protected, gathered up

REPEAT CHORUS

In the dark of night, before the dawn 
My soul, be not afraid 
For the promised morning, oh how long? 
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength

REPEAT CHORUS

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed 
You are the Faithful One 
And from the garden to the grave 
Bind us together, bring shalom.

REPEAT CHORUS

Benediction and Sending