The Service of Worship October 12, 2014
The Service of Worship
October 12, 2014
- Ephesians 1:18-21
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you
may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious
inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who
believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he
exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his
right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power
and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age
but also in the one to come.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every
man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It
is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ.
As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union
with his death—we give ourselves to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not
the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us
at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man,
he bids him come and die.
- Sinclair Ferguson
The implications of our union with Christ are very far-reaching. Union with
Christ involves sharing in and with Christ, and that implies commitment to
him principally as a crucified and risen Lord. On the other side of the cross
lay the resurrection. That pattern is invariable. Through union with Christ in
his death comes union with him in his resurrection and a share in his
triumph. The power by which he was raised from the dead is the power by
which he works in us (Eph. 1:81-21).
Psalm of Preparation: Psalm 1 (p. 785)
Silent Prayer of Preparation
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
#103: Holy God, We Praise Your Name
*Prayer of Adoration
*Affirmation of Faith
- The Apostles' Creed
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Call to Worship
*Hymns of Praise
- Psalm 95:1-2
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of
our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him
with music and song.
Call to Confession
- 1 John 1:8-9
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Corporate Prayer of Confession
- The Valley of Vision
Blessed Lord Jesus, before your cross I kneel and see the evil of my sin,
my wickedness that caused you to be “made a curse”, the iniquity which
deserves your wrath. Show me the greatness of my guilt by your crown of
thorns, pierced hands and feet, and dying cries. Assure me that your
compassions yearn over me, your heart hastens to my rescue, your love
endured my curse, your mercy bore my deserved stripes. Cleansed by
your blood and renewed by your Spirit help me to present myself to you
as a living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable to God.
Private Prayer of Confession
Words of Assurance
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him
So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory
Keith Getty & Stuart Townend © 2005 Kingsway Thankyou Music, CCLI#2249825
- Psalm 103:11-13
*Hymns of Response
Just As I Am, without One Plea
Just as I am—without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
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Prayers of the People
Just as I am—Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe—O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Reading of God's Word - Philippians 4:14-20 (sanctuary Bible p.1250)
O Church Arise
O Church arise and put your armour on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies
An army bold whose battle-cry is Love
Reaching out to those in darkness
Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations
*Those who are able, please stand.
Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
Sermon: Gospel Fellowship
Rev. Bill Massey
- 2 Corinthians 8:9
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might
*Hymn #542: Who Are These like Stars Appearing