Order of Worship – June 20th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Father’s Day Call to Worship: “Ephesians 1:3-10”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In lovehe predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known  to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Pastoral Prayer

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – we thank you that every day is Father’s Day. Every day is a day to remember that you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places – that you have chosen to adopt us as your heirs since before the foundation of the world – and that you love us in Christ to the same degree that you love Christ himself. Father, we thank you for this measureless grace!

And we also thank you for the gift of our earthly fathers. Today, we acknowledge and honor before you and before one another that our fathers have provided glimpses of who YOU are and what YOU do for us:

  • Thank you for the ways they love us sacrificially, even as you love us sacrificially
  • Thank you for the ways they forgive us of our shortcomings, even as you forgive us of our shortcomings
  • Thank you for the ways that they lavish us with the best they have to offer, even as you lavish us with the riches of your grace
  • Thank you for their faithfulness towards us, even when we haven’t been faithful to them in return – what a model of your faithfulness towards your faithless people. 

We pray for the fathers who are with us this morning – give them grace to grow more like you, so that, through them, we might learn more about who YOU are and what YOU are like. 

By the power of your spirit – may we worship you this morning not as a distant deity – but as a Father who has drawn near to us by the blood of your Son Jesus.

It is in HIS name that we pray these things this morning. Amen.

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.

Romans 12:15: rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 

ARCC Membership Covenant – We will rejoice in each other’s happiness, and we will bear one another’s burdens with tender-hearted sympathy (cf. Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2).

Today – not just celebrating and honoring dads, but also lamenting broken fatherhood for whom this day is a difficult one. 

Fathers Day Confession: “A Trinitarian Prayer for When Father’s Day is Hard”

Instead of a celebration of a gift we’ve been given, Father’s Day is often a bitter reminder of what we’ve never had: 

A man we never knew.
A man who abandoned us.
A love that’s only been imagined; never enjoyed.

Father’s Day can also be a painful reminder of what we once enjoyed, but can enjoy no longer:

Children who have lost their fathers.
Fathers who have lost their children.

But the gospel is good news!
The Father in heaven will never leave us or forsake us.
The Spirit of God moves among us: 
comforting us; keeping us.
The Son of God has not left us as orphans.
He has risen from the grave; death no longer has the final word!

Father’s Day can be a reminder of deep wounds we’ve receive from our fathers:

Why did they never say, “I love you?”
Why did they never come to concerts or games?
Why can nothing we do ever make them proud?

Likewise, Father’s Day can remind fathers of the wounds we’ve received:

Guilt over our sin that has broken those we love.
Inadequacy as we struggle to raise and to train.
Worthlessness as we struggle to provide.
Pain as our families want nothing to do with us.
Anxiety as we decide to place a child for adoption.
Shame over our role in deciding to abort a child.

But the gospel is good news!

God the Father is always pleased with us!
God the Son took our wounds as His own, and by His stripes, we are healed!
God the Spirit washes us and makes us new.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

We lament the fact that fatherhood – a good gift designed by God – has been deeply broken by sin.

There are no perfect fathers.
There is no perfect fatherhood.
There is no one who has not been scarred by this brokenness.

But the gospel is good news!

God the Father is working all things for His glory and for our good!
God the Spirit is praying for us with groanings 
too deep for words – and His prayers are heard on our behalf!
God the Son is seated on heaven’s throne. Soon, he will say, “Behold! I am making all things new!”


We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon and Redemption: “Psalm 103:6-13”

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Hymn of Redemption: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” Bliss, 1876                                                                                                                       

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                         

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
He sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                        

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah  

Reading: “Matthew 15:1-20”  

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Counterfeit Righteousness”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 15:1-20

Main Point: The only righteousness which Jesus accepts is the righteousness He produces in us.

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “His Mercy is More”
Papa and Boswell, 2016 

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


What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father so tender is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more


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


Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Yet Not I, but Through Christ in Me” City Alight, 2018

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Benediction and Sending