Order of Worship – April 11th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Philippians 2:4-8”

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Look What God Has Done”
Eichelberger, Huxford, and Bolen, 2015

Look what God has done
He redeemed us with His blood
We were lost and dead in sin: He came for us

Look what God has done! He adopted us in love!
We were orphans without hope: Now His children

CHORUS
Who are we that He would save us?
Who are we that He would send us?
To God be glory, through Christ our Savior’s church
Through all generations.
To God be glory, through Christ our Savior’s work
Forever and ever.

Look what God has done
Through His sacrifice, we’re one
Sinners unified by grace, bound together

Look what God has done! 
By His Spirit, through His Son
By the power of His hand, He is sending

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
Lift your hands and praise Him!
See His great compassion, see His mercy for us
Raise your voice and thank Him!
See the church He’s building-see the lost He’s saving

Look at Jesus Christ!
He redeems His precious bride
By His costly sacrifice, we’re invited

See the wisdom of His ways,
In the mystery of grace,
Every age and every race, we’re united.

REPEAT CHORUS. THEN, REPEAT BRIDGE.

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
(The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed. – Calvin Institute of Worship)

Eternal God, you do not change. You have revealed yourself to us in your Word. You call us to worship you in Spirit and in truth.

But we confess that we often worship a god made in our image and who we wish you to be.

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

Forgive us for seeking concessions when we should be seeking guidance.

You command us to be generous with our love and resources, for the sake of the church and the lost.

But we have been selfish and insensitive to the needs and opportunities around us.

Display your glory before us.

That we might bow before your unspeakable majesty and so live for you now and forever in Christ.

Amen.

[Moment of Silent Confession to Follow]

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 heaven he stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart, 
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 to 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,
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,
with Christ, my Savior and my God.

Reading: “1 Corinthians 12:12-31”  

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “The Body of Christ, and Your Place In It”
Davis Lacey – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” Townend, 1990

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of 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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