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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: Romans 11:33-36                                                                

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Hymn of Acclamation: “Romans 11 Doxology”
Peterson, 2006

Oh the depth of the riches
Of the wisdom and knowledge of God
How unsearchable his judgment
How unknowable his paths
Who knows the mind of our God
And who can bring counsel to Him?
Who has given to God
That God should repay?

For from Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.
To God be the glory forever and ever
To God be the glory forever, amen.



For from Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.
From Him, through Him
To Him, is everything.

To God be the glory forever and ever
To God be the glory forever, amen.
To God be the glory forever and ever.
To God be the glory forever, amen.

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Jesus Cast a Look on Me”
Berridge, 17__?

Jesus cast a look on me
Give me sweet simplicity
Make me poor and keep me low
Seeking only Thee to know

All that feeds my busy pride
Cast it evermore aside
Bid my will to Thine submit
Lay me humbly at Thy feet

Make me like a little child
Of my strength and wisdom spoiled
Seeing only in Thy light
Walking only in Thy might

Leaning on Thy loving breast
Where a weary soul can rest
Feeling well the peace of God
Flowing from His precious blood

In this posture let me live
And hosannas daily give
In this temper let me die
And hosannas ever cry!

Prayer of Confession
Adapted from John Calvin’s Geneva liturgy of 1543

Lord God, Eternal and Almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption.

We are prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good. Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments.

O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from all our offenses. We condemn our evil ways, with true sorrow asking that your grace will relieve our distress.

Have compassion on us, most gracious God, Father of mercies, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. And in removing our guilt, also grant us daily increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit.

Produce in us the fruits of holiness and of righteousness pleasing in your sight: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.                       


[Pause for a moment of Silent Confession]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Pardon: “Ephesians 1:7-10”

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 insightmaking 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.

Hymn of Redemption: “It Was Finished Upon That Cross”
CityAlight, 2021

How I love the voice of Jesus
On the Cross of Calvary
He declares his work is finished
He has spoken this hope to me
Though the sun had ceased its shining
– Though the war appeared as lost
Christ had triumphed over evil
It was finished upon that Cross

Now the curse it has been broken
Jesus paid the price for me
Full, the pardon he has offered
Great, the welcome that I receive
Boldly I approach my Father
– Clothed in Jesus’ righteousness
There is no more guilt to carry
It was finished upon that Cross

Death was once my great opponent
Fear once had a hold on me
But the Son who died to save us
Rose that we would be free indeed!

Death was once my great opponent
Fear once had a hold on me
But the Son who died to save us
Rose that we would be free indeed!
Yes He Rose that we would be free indeed!

Free from every plan of darkness
– Free to live and free to love
Death is dead and Christ is risen!
It was finished upon that Cross

Onward to eternal glory
– To my Saviour and my God
I rejoice in Jesus’ victory
It was finished upon that Cross

Reading: “Matthew 19:13-15” 

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “Jesus Loves the Little Children”
Davis lacey – Matthew 19:13-15

Main Point: Jesus loves the little children!

  • Because of who they are!
  • Because of who they represent – all of us!


  1. Let them come (to Jesus)
    • Little Children
    • Those “Like” Little Children
  2. Don’t stop them from coming (to Jesus)
    • Little Children
    • Those “Like” Little Children

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “My Worth is Not in What I Own”
Getty, Getty, and Kendrick, 2014

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed 
At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure, 
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other. 
My soul is satisfied in Him alone. 

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us 
At the cross 

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross


Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross


Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “The Church’s One Foundation”
Stone, 1866 

The church’s one foundation 
Is Jesus Christ her Lord, 
She is His new creation 
By water and the Word. 
From heaven He came and sought her 
To be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought her, 
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation, 
Yet one over all the earth; 
Her charter of salvation, 
One Lord, one faith, one birth; 
One holy Name she blesses, 
Partakes one holy food, 
And to one hope she presses, 
With every grace endued. 

The church shall never perish, 
Her dear Lord to defend 
To guide, sustain and cherish, 
Is with her to the end 
Though there be those that hate her, 
And false sons in her pale 
Against a foe or traitor, 
She ever shall prevail 

Mid toil and tribulation, 
And tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation 
Of peace forevermore; 
‘Til, with the vision glorious, 
Her longing eyes are blessed, 
And the great church victorious 
Shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union 
With God the Three in One, 
And mystic sweet communion 
With those whose rest is won. 
O happy ones and holy! 
Lord, give us grace that we 
Like them, the meek and lowly, 
On high may dwell with Thee.

Benediction and Sending