May 17 Worship Service

Readings for May 17, 2020

Call To Worship
We confess the supremacy of God in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Responsive reading taken from 1 Peter 1:3–5, 9 (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

According to his great mercy,
he has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.

In this you rejoice, though you have been grieved by various trials,
so that the tested genuineness of your faith may be found
to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though we have not seen him, we love him.
Though we do not now see him, we believe in him
and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
obtaining the outcome of our faith,
the salvation of our souls.

Our Sung Call to Worship
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)

Confession
We confess our need for mercy through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Confession
Based on 1 Peter 1:13-15, 22; 2:1 (ESV)

We confess that we have not prepared our minds for action,
nor have we always been sober-minded.

We have not set our hope fully on the grace
that will be brought to us when Jesus appears.
Instead, we have allowed our hearts and minds
to be entangled in the affairs of the world.

Like disobedient children, we conform to the passions of our former ignorance,
instead conforming to the holiness of the one we call on as Father.

Purify our souls through obedience to the gospel, so that we might
love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
and put away all malice and all deceit
and envy and all slander.

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Remember the Gospel
Responsive reading taken from 1 Peter 3:18; 2:24 (ESV)

Christ suffered once for sins,
the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh
but made alive in the spirit.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

By his wounds you have been healed.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
I Stand Amazed

Thanksgiving and Petition

We Give Thanks in Prayer and Offer Petitions to God
We express our gratitude to God our Father for Christ’s work on the cross for us and bring our requests before him. In bringing our requests, we confess that we believe God truly is a good father, who cares about our needs and gives us what he knows is best.

Elder Prayer

We Give Thanks by Giving
We give financial offerings to support the work of the church because of our gratitude to God. By giving we confess we are trusting in God’s provision for us as well.
On the first Sunday of each month, we have two offerings—one for the general fund and a second one for the benevolence ministry of our church.

Offering

You may give electronically here. You may also send a check by mail.

We Give Thanks in Song
O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer

Scripture Reading

1 Peter 1:1-2 (ESV)

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Sermon (PDF; video; mp3)

Sending
Having heard and confessed the Gospel, we are sent into the world on mission in Christ, which we express in both song and spoken word.

Sending Song
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Blessing
From 1 Peter 5:10–11 (ESV)

After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,
who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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