Order of Worship – April 18th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 105:1-3”

1Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Hymn of Acclamation: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Heber, 1826 

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
who were and are and evermore shall be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and 
      sky and sea.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Lament: “Let the Nations be Glad”
Boswell, Boswell, and Papa, 2012 

Let the glory of the Lord forever be our joy
May redemption be the theme of our song.
For by grace we have been saved
And by grace we shall proclaim
To the corners of the earth that Christ has come.

CHORUS
Let the nations be glad, let the people rejoice
For salvation belongs to our God
Let the whole earth be filled
With the praises of the Lord
For salvation belongs to our God
Let the nations be glad

Through the ages gone before
Through the trial and the sword
Many saints and martyrs conquered though they died.
Still we’re holding out the cross
Crossing oceans, suffering loss
Shall endure all things to win the crown of life.

REPEAT CHORUS

As your holy church goes forth, in the Holy Spirit’s power
With the glories of the Gospel to explain.
Now we pray Your kingdom come
And we pray Your will be done
For the honor and the glory of Your name.

REPEAT CHORUS

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: “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: “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

Reading: “Matthew 28:16-20 & John 21:15-19”  

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “The Basis of Discipleship is Love”
Bill Iverson – John 21:15-19 & Matthew 28:16-20

         – Love is the Basis of Discipleship, expressed by Feeding, Shepherding, & Pastoring others in Discipleship 

         – Missions & Evangelism are under the umbrella of Discipleship. 

     – What are Biblical, tangible ways ARCC is doing this in missions

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “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 roamWhat
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

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Joy to the World”
Watts, 1719 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! 
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness
and wonders of His love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of His love.

Benediction and Sending

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