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Worship at Home 4/26/20

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*Here are your worship resources for Sunday. Please note that if you click on the song titles, this will take you to an online video that will help to lead you in singing. Similarly, if you click on the sermon message, this will take you to a video of the message. If you would like to print out a copy of the order of worship for taking notes, click here.

 

Order of Worship

April 26, 2020

 

Prepare to worship by reading:

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:1–4 ESV)

Sing: “Be Thou My Vision” (click on link)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heav'n's Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate'er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Acknowledge your sin to God by reading:

Take a few moments and silently confess your sins to the Lord.

Rejoice in God’s grace by reading:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11–14 ESV)

Sing: “Beautiful, Scandalous Night” (click on link)

Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

Follow Christ to the Holy mountain
Sinner, sorry and wrecked by the fall
Cleanse your heart and your soul
In the fountain that flows
For you and for me and for all

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

On the hillside you will be delivered
At the foot of the cross, justified
And your spirit restored
By the river that pours
From our blessed Saviour's side

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

You carry the sin of mankind on your back
And the sky went black
Go on up to the mountain of mercy
To the crimson perpetual tide
Kneel down on the shore
Be thirsty no more
Go under and be purified

At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

Confess what you believe by reading:

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. (EFCA Statement of Faith)

Missionary Update from Paul Poirier:

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Pray for me as I continue to minister in the hospital. The chaplains are spending a lot of time comforting and encouraging the staff and doctors during this COVID-19 crisis. The staff is working very hard and are worried about their own health and about bringing the virus home to their families. The nurses’ union has just asked the chaplains to meet the spiritual needs of the staff during the day and night shifts.  Pray for the chaplain's wisdom in deciding the best way to organize our schedule in order to meet the needs of the staff during this difficult time.  I will be the only chaplain at the Zion Medical Center this week, so please pray that I will have strength as I will be more stretched as I minister during this stressful time.  Everyone in our family is healthy, but Joel has been furloughed and may not have a job to go back to. Diana and I are praying for the church family and wish you all God’s grace and peace during this challenging time.

Listen:

Message on Psalm 19:12-14 (click on link)

Be encouraged this week by reading:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24–25 ESV)

 Questions:

1. Psalm 19 begins with a reflection on the glory of God revealed in creation and the Law. Why do these reflections lead to a focus on the problem of sin in verses 12-14?

2. What does Ps. 19:12-14 teach us about the nature of sin? Why are these truths vital to remember in fighting against sin?

3. Read Psalm 121. How does this passage encourage you in the fight against sin?