Order of Worship – September 19th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Psalm 135:1-3”

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God! Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

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: “All I Have is Christ”                                            
Kauflin, 2008

[Chorus]                                                          
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!                               
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to your will
And if you had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace                                            

[Chorus]

Now, Lord, I would be yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands
Could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way you choose
And let my song forever be, my only boast is you!

[Chorus]

Prayer of confession 
Bob Kauflin

Father, we gladly acknowledge
That you are the giver of every good and perfect gift.
When you open your hand,
You satisfy the desire of every living thing.

You are righteous in all Your ways and kind in all Your works.

But too often we fail to acknowledge your abundant goodness, lavish generosity, and loving faithfulness. 

Instead of being grateful, we grumble. Instead of thanking you, we test you.
We confess we have sinned in all our complaining and selfishness.
 

Jesus, thank you that your entire life on earth was one of gratefulness.
Thank you for bearing our sins,
Receiving our punishment on the cross,
And paying the debt we owed to a holy God.

Because of you, we can now walk in forgiveness and freedom.

Holy Spirit, enable us by your power to live lives of thanksgiving. May we be humbled by all the riches we’ve received in Christ. And may our lives be increasingly marked by trust, awe, and gratefulness for the mercy we’ve received. We pray in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

[Pause for a moment of Silent Confession]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “1 John 4:9-10”                                  

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Hymn of Redemption: “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

Reading: “Matthew 18:21-35” 

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “On Christian Forgiveness”
Davis Lacey – Matthew 18:21-35

Main Point: As followers of Jesus, we are to forgive others NOT based on what they do TO us, but based on what Jesus has done FOR us!

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Jesus, Thank You”
Sczebel, 2003 

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend,
The agonies of Calvary.
You, the Perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son,
Drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

CHORUS

Your blood has washed away my sin,
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied,
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table,
Jesus, thank You.

By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near,
Your enemy you’ve made Your friend.
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace,
Your mercy and your kindness know no end.

REPEAT CHORUS

Lover of my soul – I want to live for you (REPEAT)

REPEAT CHORUS 

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”
Matt boswell, Michael Bleecker and Matt Papa , 2013                                                                                      

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity                                          
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin                                   
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory                                            
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!                                        
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

Benediction and Sending

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