Service Preview for June 21

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Adapted from Psalm 102

Hear this word, anointed of the Lord!
Our Lord endures forever!
His name shall be remembered throughout all generations!
All nations will fear Him and bow before His glory.

He looks down from the height of His sanctuary;
from heaven the Lord views the earth.
He hears the groaning of the prisoner
and releases those appointed to death.
He creates a people that will praise the name of the Lord,
in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

We, the created, praise the Creator.
We, the redeemed, celebrate the Redeemer.
We, Your people, declare Your name to all the world
and Your words to the end of the world.
We, the gathered, come to praise the name of our Lord!

Our Sung Call to Worship
Unchanging God

Confession

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

Our Spoken Confession
Adapted from Thomas Moor “Counsels and Thoughts for the Spiritual Life of Believers”

It is the characteristic of a growing state of grace not to see its growth, but to see more clearly its shortcomings. The deeper the work of grace, the more opposition it will usually encounter in the heart and inward evil will generally become more vividly realized by the believer.

The more we have of humility, the more we shall all know and mourn over our pride.

We confess the pride that elevates us to be our own gods.

The more we have of patience, the more we shall know and mourn over our impatience.

We confess our impatience with those God has given us to love and strive with.

The more we have of faith, the more we shall know and mourn over our unbelief.

We confess our doubts that You love us and have our good at the end of all that happens to us.

The more we have conformity to the image of Christ, the more we shall know and mourn over our lack of conformity to him.

We confess our disdain for the chastening that You administer to Your children.

The more we have of self-denial, the more we shall know and mourn over our selfishness.

We confess the demanding of our ways, our wants, and our desires and for loving ourselves above all else.

The more we have of love to Christ, the more we shall know and mourn over our lack of love to Him.

We confess we do not love You as we should and mourn the rebel idols that displace You in our hearts.

Each of these graces becomes a light to show us how much of our contrary natures we still possess and how much greater is our need of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we are led to look more humbly, confidently, and helplessly to Him, who will never turn us away.

Time of silent confession.

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

Remember the Gospel
Reading from “New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp; March 27

For those who have put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, you can now get up and face life with courage because, as God’s child, you have not been left to the limits of your own strength and wisdom.

You can say with Paul,

I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Not in Me

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.

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.
You may give electronically at gabcames.org/giving or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 1:22-2:3 (ESV)
1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Sermon
1 Peter 1:22-2:3 – “Christian Love From a New Heart” – Pastor Eric Schumacher

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
All I Have is Christ

Blessing
This week may you indeed
taste and see that the Lord is gracious,
obey the truth through the Spirit and
love one another fervently with a pure heart,
thereby testifying to the gospel power
that has been preached to you.

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