May 3 Worship Service

Readings for May 3, 2020

Welcome and Announcements

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Video

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
based Hosea 14:8-9:

Who have we come to worship this morning?

The Lord our God—
the Father,
the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.

This is what the Lord our God says to us,
“O my people, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.”

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.

Our Sung Call to Worship
Holy, Holy, Holy

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

Our Spoken Confession
based on Hosea 14:1-3.

Return, O people, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Take with you the good news of Jesus Christ
and return to the LORD;

O Lord, take away all our iniquity;
accept what is good,
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ,
the faithfulness of his life.
This world shall not save us;
we will not trust in human power, wealth, and wisdom;
and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’
to the work of our hands.
In Christ alone the sinner and the outcast find mercy.

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
Gethsemane Hymn

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

Remember the Gospel
Responsive reading from Hosea 14:4-7:

This is what the Lord God says to you
in the gospel of Jesus Christ, who
died for your sins,
rose from the dead,
ascended into heaven,
reigns at the right hand of God,
and will return to raise you from the dead.

I will heal their apostasy;
I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
I will be like the dew to my people;
they shall blossom like the lily;
they shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;
their shoots shall spread out;
their beauty shall be like the olive,
and their fragrance like Lebanon.
They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
His Mercy is More

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.

Prayer (PDF, video)

Offering

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

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.

We Give Thanks in Song
How Firm a Foundation

Scripture Reading (video)

Hosea 14:1-9 (ESV)

1Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2 Take with you words
and return to the LORD;
say to him,
“Take away all iniquity;
accept what is good,
and we will pay with bulls
the vows of our lips.
3 Assyria shall not save us;
we will not ride on horses;
and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’
to the work of our hands.
In you the orphan finds mercy.”
4 I will heal their apostasy;
I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
he shall blossom like the lily;
he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;
6 his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
7 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;
they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine;
their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
from me comes your fruit.
9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.

Sermon (mp3, video, manuscript)
Hosea 14:1-9 – Yahweh Welcomes Us Home – Pastor Michael Felkins

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
Be Thou My Vision

Blessing
From 2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV):

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.

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