Order of Worship – May 9th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “A Mother’s Day Prayer”

O Father of Lights, you are the giver of every good and perfect gift. 

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Father.

In your sovereign goodness, you have seen fit to create our mothers.

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Lord Jesus, your Gospels tell us that you pursue your wandering people like a mother hen who gathers her chicks beneath her wings.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Christ.

How often have our mothers pursued us as you pursue your people?

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Holy Spirit, you are the Comforter of the people of Christ. You remind us of all that He has said and done.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O Spirit.

The comfort and the instruction which we received from our mothers points us to that which is found in you alone.

Thank you for the gift of our mothers. 

True and living God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: we are gathered here to worship you for who you are and for what you have done.

Thank you for your grace towards us, O God.

And it is only because our mothers labored to bring us into the world that we have the privilege of offering this heartfelt prayer:

Thank you for the gift of our mothers.

Hymn of Acclamatioin: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Martin Luther, 1527?                                                                                                      

A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Does seek to work us woe
His craft and power are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing
You ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He!
The Lord of Hosts His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle 

And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us
And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us

Call: A Mighty Fortress is our God
Response: His Kingdom is forever (REPEAT)

His Kingdom is forever! (REPEAT)

If we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Lament: “Abide With Me”
Lyte, 1847– Additional Lyrics and Music by Smith, 2007

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; 
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. 
When other helpers, fail and comforts flee, 
Help of the helpless, abide with me.

Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile; 
And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile, 
Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee, 
On to the close Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence, every passing hour. 
What but Thy grace, can foil the tempter’s power? 
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? 
Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless 
Ills have no weight, tears lose their bitterness 
Where is thy sting death? Where grave thy victory? 
I triumph still, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross, before my closing eyes; 
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies. 
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee
In life, in death, Lord, abide with me.

A Lament of Broken Motherhood

We pray for those who never knew their mother.

The gospel is good news. Jesus has not left us as orphans. His Spirit dwells in His people.

We pray for those who have been deeply wounded by their mothers.

The gospel is good news. Jesus took our wounds as His own. By His stripes, we are healed.

We pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother.

The gospel is good news. Jesus rose from the dead! Death no longer has the final word!

We pray for those who are struggling to become mothers.

The gospel is good news. Our worth is not found in the life we bring forth, but in the life that the Spirit has birthed in our hearts. 

We pray for mothers who are struggling to raise young children.

The gospel is good news. Though His children fall short, our Father bears with us in tenderness, in patience, and in constant love. 

We pray for mothers who raise children in poverty.

The gospel is good news. In Christ, we have access to every blessing of heaven. 

We pray for single mothers, and for mothers whose marriages are in crisis.

The gospel is good news. Jesus is the prefect, all-sufficient husband that His people truly need.

We pray for mothers who feel deserted after their children leave the home.

The gospel is good news. Because the Son left the Father, our God is always with His people.

We pray for mothers who have lost a child.

The gospel is good news. Our Father knows the searing pain of losing a child. 

We pray for mothers who have placed children for adoption.

The gospel is good news. Every family is connected. Every family belongs to the Father. 

We pray for mothers who have aborted their children.

The gospel is good news. The Father crushed His Son so that he could adopt folks like us! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

Motherhood is a good gift – and yet it is deeply broken by sin. There are no perfect mothers. There is no perfect motherhood. There is no one who has not been scarred by this brokenness.

The gospel is good news. He who is seated on the throne of Heaven says, “Behold! I am making all things new!”

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Psalm 34:17-18”

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Hymn of Redemption: “In Christ Alone”
Getty and Townend, 2002 

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness, 
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

Reading: “Matthew 13:24-43” 

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: 

“I will open my mouth in parables;
    I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Jesus Gives Us Certain Hope in Uncertain Times
Davis Lacey – Matthew 13:24-43

Main Point: Jesus gives us CERTAIN hope in   UNCERTAIN times

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “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

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

From 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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