Order of Worship – September 12th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 116:1-7”

I love the Lord, because he has heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Hymn of Acclamation: “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 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

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

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.

Prayer of confession

O Lord of mercy,
Who resists the proud and receives the humble, We ask for honesty to accept responsibility for our errors, and to understand the reasons for our failures.

We ask for the courage to make our confessions,
to seek your forgiveness for our offenses,
to make restitutions where possible,
and to extend the same forgiveness to others that you extend to us.

May we have the grace to submit our lives
to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Please forgive us for all our sins. Amen.

[Pause for a moment of Silent Confession]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Proverbs 28:13”                                  

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Hymn of Redemption: “Jesus Paid it All”
Hall, 1865 

I hear the Savior say: “Thy strength indeed is small”
Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in me thine all in all.

Chorus
Jesus paid it all!
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain; 
He washed it white as snow.

Lord now indeed I find; thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots, and melt the heart of stone.

Repeat Chorus

And when before the throne, I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save my lips shall still repeat.

Repeat Chorus

O praise the One who paid my debt,
And raised this life up from the dead! (REPEAT) 

Repeat Chorus                             

Reading: “Matthew 18:15-20” 

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Church Discipline: How Jesus Faithfully Pursues His Faithless People”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 18:15-20

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Townend, 1995                                                                                                                        

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: “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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