• Sunday Order of Service

    July 25, 2021

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer

    Silent Prayer

    Call to Worship (from Isaiah 55)

    “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
    and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
    Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
    Why should we spend our money for that which is not bread,
    and our labor for that which does not satisfy?

    Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
    Incline your ear, and come to me; hear,
    that your soul may live.


    The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you!
    Come, let us worship our God!

    Song - "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy"

    Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
    Weak and wounded, sick and sore.
    Jesus ready stands to save you,
    Full of pity, love, and power.


    We will arise and go to Jesus,
    He will embrace us in his arms;
    In the arms of our dear Savior,
    O, there are ten thousand charms.


    Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome;
    God's free bounty glorify;
    True belief and true repentance,
    every grace that brings you nigh.


    Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
    Lost and ruined by the fall;
    If you tarry till you're better,
    You will never come at all.

    Confession of Faith - Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1

    Christian, what is your only comfort in life and in death?


    That I am not my own, but belong— body and soul,
    in life and in death— to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
    He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
    and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.


    He also watches over me in such a way
    that not a hair can fall from my head
    without the will of my Father in heaven;
    in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.


    Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
    assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing
    and ready from now on to live for him. Amen.

    Song - "Psalm 126"

    Our mouths, they were filled
    Filled with laughter.
    Our tongues, they were loosed,
    Loosed with joy.
    Restore us, O Lord!
    Restore us, O Lord!


    Although we are weeping,
    Lord, help us keep sowing
    The seeds of Your Kingdom
    For the day You will reap them!
    Your sheaves we will carry;
    Lord, please do not tarry!
    All those who sow weeping
    Will go out with songs of joy!


    The nations will say,
    He has done great things!
    The nations will sing
    Songs of joy!
    Restore us, O Lord!
    Restore us, O Lord!


    Prayers of the People (from Psalm 23)

    Our Shepherd and Lord, we rejoice in your care for us, and that you have proven your love over and over again, most clearly and resoundingly in the provision of our savior Jesus, who walked through the valley of the shadow of death for us so that we do not go there alone. We are grateful that you guide our hearts in truth and righteousness as we seek to live for you and your name's sake, because we are weak and sinful and cannot find our way alone. We live with abundance and know that you delight in providing for our needs. We take a moment to name our
    blessings, recognize your provisions, and thank you for them.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    And yet, Gracious Father, the world can be a fearful place. Things in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world shake our confidence, fill us with anxiety, and lead us to doubt. Help us to remember that Jesus felt what we feel, suffered pain, loss, betrayal, and death, but now sits at your right hand, interceding for us and delighting to answer our prayers. We take a moment to name our fears and concerns, laying them at our Good Shepherd's feet.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    Lord, we look to the day when things will be made right, when tears are dried, when sickness is gone, pain ends, and everything becomes new again. Until that day, make us faithful servants, spreading your beauty and grace from this place to the hurting, poor, and lost, for the good of the world. We take a moment to rejoice that while we live here and now you promise rest for the weary, and that we have a true home for eternity, where Jesus our Savior and Shepherd reigns.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    And with churches throughout the world we pray together, as your Son taught us to pray, saying:
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

    Scripture Reading - Psalm 88

    1 O LORD, God of my salvation,
    I cry out day and night before you.
    2 Let my prayer come before you;
    incline your ear to my cry!


    3 For my soul is full of troubles,
    and my life draws near to Sheol.
    4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am a man who has no strength,
    5 like one set loose among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
    like those whom you remember no more,
    for they are cut off from your hand.
    6 You have put me in the depths of the pit,
    in the regions dark and deep.
    7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah


    8 You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a horror to them.
    I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
    9 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
    Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
    I spread out my hands to you.
    10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
    Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
    11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
    12 Are your wonders known in the darkness,
    or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?


    13 But I, O LORD, cry to you;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
    14 O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
    Why do you hide your face from me?
    15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
    16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dreadful assaults destroy me.
    17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
    they close in on me together.
    18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
    my companions have become darkness.


    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

    Sermon - "When Darkness Veils His Face"

    "If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
    Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
    We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow,
    We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.


    The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
    They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
    But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
    And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone."
    – Edward Shillito, "Jesus of the Scars"

    Community Confession of Sin

    Good News of the Gospel - Luke 1:68-69, 79

    68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
    69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David...


    79 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the path of peace.”


    Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ, the light of the world has come into the world to bring life and wholeness to all who hope and trust in him. In him you are forgiven. Thanks be to God.


    Song - "We Will Feast "

    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.


    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!


    Every vow we've broken and betrayed,
    You are the Faithful one.
    And from the garden to the grave
    Bind us together, bring shalom!

    Song - "Doxology"

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise Him, all creatures here below;
    Praise Him above, ye heavn’ly host:
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Song - "Jesus, I Come"

    Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
    Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of my sickness into Thy health,
    Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
    Out of my sin and into Thyself,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of my shameful failure and loss,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of earth's sorrows into Thy balm,
    Out of life's storms and into Thy calm,
    Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into Thy blessed will to abide,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
    Out of despair into raptures above,
    Upward forever on wings like a dove,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into the joy and light of Thy home,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of the depths of ruin untold,
    Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
    Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


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