Order of Worship – May 23rd, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 28:6-9”

Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Neander, 1680 

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
The King of creation
O my soul, praise Him
For He is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near
Praise Him in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord
Who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
And, so gladly sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

Hallelujah (4x)

Praise to the Lord
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy here Daily attend thee
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath
Come now with praises before Him
Let the ‘amen’ sound from His people again
Gladly for aye we adore Him

Hallelujah (4x)

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Lord I Need You”
Matt Maher, 2013

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Chorus

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Chorus

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

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:  “Colossians 2:13-14”                                                                          

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Hymn of Redemption: “Only a Holy God”
CityAlight – 2016

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

(Chorus)
Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

(Chorus)

Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God!

(Chorus)

Reading: “Matthew 13:51-58” 

51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “The Whole Bible Reveals the Whole Christ”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 13:51-58

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “It Is Well With My Soul”
Spafford, 1873 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Refrain
It is well (it is well) – With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

Repeat Refrain

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Repeat Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend – Even so, it is well with my soul.

Repeat Refrain

Commissioning of the Church

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

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