– -Liturgy for Sunday, January 25, 2015- –
“Giving the gospel away is one of the best ways of experiencing its power in your own life.”
“This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”
Prelude: O Love Incomprehensible (Steele/Toplady/Indelible Grace Music)
Gathering Song: Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder(Newton/Indelible Grace Music)
Call to Worship – We believe God is who calls and enables us to worship Himself rightly, in Spirit and truth, so we go to His word and prayer in seek of that…
Psalm 18:2, 28, 30-32, 46, 49
Leader: Who is this God whom we have gathered to worship this morning?
All: The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Leader: This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
All: For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation—
For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
Prayer of Invocation
How Great Is Our God (Tomlin)
From The Depths Of Woe (Psalm 130) (Chris Miner/Martin Luther)
Time Of Confession:
Thou art good beyond all thought,
But I am vile, wretched, miserable, blind;
My lips are ready to confess,
but my heart is slow to feel,
and my ways reluctant to amend.
I bring my soul to thee;
break it, wound it, bend it, mould it.
Unmask to me sin’s deformity,
that I may hate it, abhor it, flee from it.
My faculties have been a weapon of revolt
as a rebel I have misused my strength,
and served the foul adversary of thy kingdom.
Give me grace to bewail my insensate folly,
Grant me to know that the way of transgressors
that evil paths are wretched paths,
that to depart from thee is to lose all good.
I have seen the purity and beauty of thy perfect law,
the happiness of those in whose heart it reigns,
the calm dignity of the walk to which it calls,
yet I daily violate and contemn its precepts.
Thy loving Spirit strives within me,
brings me Scripture warnings,
speaks in startling providences,
allures by secret whispers,
yet I choose devices and desires to my own hurt,
impiously resent, grieve,
and provoke him to abandon me.
All these sins I mourn, lament, and for them
Work in me more profound and abiding repentance;
Give me the fullness of a godly grief
that trembles and fears,
yet ever trusts and loves,
which is ever powerful, and ever confident;
Grant that through the tears of repentance
I may see more clearly the brightness
and glories of the saving cross.
“Yet I Sin” from The Valley Of Vision
Assurance In Christ: (Romans 8:1-2, 12-17)
Leader: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
All: So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Leader: For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
All: The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Song of Response: A Debtor To Mercy Alone (Toplady/Twit)
(Prayers for our City, Offering, and Doxology/Word of Praise)
Hearing the Word: Galatians 3:15-29 (sermon audio posted separately)
Celebration of Communion
Sending: The Love Of Christ Is Rich And Free (Gadsby/McCracken)
Benediction: (Numbers 6:24-26)
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Go in that peace!