Order of Worship – February 21st, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 103:1-5”

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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: “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

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;

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. 

As we remember your grace, we praise you and thank you for forgiving us yet again. 

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 Jesus name we pray. Amen.

[Moment of silent reflection to follow]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Truth’s from Romans 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17”

Hear the good news!
Christ died for us,
Christ rose for us,
Christ reigns in power for us,
Christ prays for us.
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
The old life has gone; a new life has begun.

Believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Hymn of Redemption: “He Is Our God”
Sovereign Grace, 2017

Who can light the fires
Of a thousand burning suns
Blazing in the heavens?
There is only One
He is our God

Who commands the nations
Building up and tearing down
Silencing His rivals?
There is only One
He is our God, He is our God

CHORUS
Holy, You alone are holy
Matchless in Your glory, holy God

Who would come to save us
When we turned away His love
Conquer us with kindness?
There is only One
He is our God, He is our God

CHORUS 2
Holy, You alone are holy
Matchless in Your glory, no one is like You
Worthy, You alone are worthy
We adore You only, holy God

Now to the King on the throne
Who was and is to come
And to the Lamb Who was slain be glory

Reading: “Matthew 11:25-30”

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Hope for Tired People”
Brian Lowe  –  Matthew 11:25-30

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “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!’

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of the New Creation: “Is He Worthy?”
Peterson and Shive, 2018

Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? 
(We do)

Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this? (He is!)

Does the Father truly love us? (He does)
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)
And does Jesus, our Messiah hold forever those He loves? (He does)
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? 

(He does)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Every people and tribe! Every nation and tongue!
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God
To reign with the Son

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this? (He is!)
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? (He is!) (He is!)

Benediction and Sending

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