Service Preview for January 10

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
From 1 Chronicles 16:23-25, 27, 35-36 (CSB)

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord.
Proclaim his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
his wondrous works among all peoples.

For the Lord is great and highly praised;
he is feared above all gods.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.

Save us, God of our salvation;
gather us and rescue us from the nations
so that we may give thanks to your holy name
and rejoice in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
from everlasting to everlasting.

Our Sung Call to Worship
How Great is Our God (With How Great Thou Art)

Verse 1
The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty,
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide,
And trembles at his voice, trembles at his voice. (Chorus)

How great is our God, sing with me,
How great is our God, and all will see,
How great, how great is our God.

Verse 2
Age to age He stands, and time is in His hands,
Beginning and the end, beginning and the end.
The Godhead, three in one: Father, Spirit, Son,
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb. (Chorus)

Name above all names,
Worthy of all praise,
My heart will sing
How great is our God. (Repeat) (Chorus)

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

Words and Music by Chris Tomlin & Stuart K. Hine
©2004 sixsteps Music, Vamos Publishing, songs, Wondrously Made Songs

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

Our Spoken Lament

Lord God, we long for the culmination of your kingdom
at the return of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We lament before you the signs
that your kingdom has not come in fullness.

We lament signs of brokenness in America.

We lament that earthly leaders are incapable of bringing true unity and lasting peace.

O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease,
and be yourself our King of peace.

We lament that citizens of your kingdom too often become entangled in and divided by the affairs of the world.

We lament the ease with which our hearts fall into hoping in government and power, forgetting that we are waiting for a homeland and a better country.

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

We lament a world where deception, rage, haste, and greed reign.

We lament the sorrow, suffering, shame, and uncertainty that cloak our world in darkness and despair.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer,
Our spirits by thine advent here!
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Silent prayer.

Our Sung Confession
Is He Worthy?

Verse 1
Do you feel the world is broken? We do.
Do you feel the shadows deepen? We do.
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop
the light from getting through? We do.
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? We do.

Verse 2
Is all creation groaning? It is.
Is a new creation coming? It is.
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? It is.
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? It is.

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave,
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died
to ransom the slave.
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this? He is!

Verse 3
Does the Father truly love us? He does.
Does the Spirit move among us? He does.
And does Jesus our Messiah hold forever those He loves? He does.
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? He does.

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah, who conquered the grave,
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died
to ransom the slave.
From every people and tribe,
every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and
priests to God
To reign with the Son!

Chorus (Continued)
Is He worthy? Is He worthy
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this?
He is!
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
He is!
He is!

Music and Words by Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive
©2018 Capitol CMG Genesis, Vamos Publishing, Capitol CMG Genesis, Junkbox Music, Jakedog Music

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.
Remember the Gospel and The Lord’s Supper
Based on Hebrews 2:14-18

Since God’s children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.

He had to be like his brothers and sisters in every way, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in matters pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Brothers and sisters, how has Jesus been made like us?

Since we are flesh and blood,
he was made flesh and lived with us.

Since we are sinful and deserving of death,
he became sin for us that we might become
righteous in him.

Since we are broken,
he was broken beyond measure.

Since we are persecuted and shamed,
he bore disgrace outside the camp.

Since we have broken relationships,
he was cut off from his people and from God.

Since we know division and destruction,
he was rejected by his people and destroyed.

Since we know abuse,
he was insulted, beaten, spat on, and tortured
to death.

Since he himself suffered,
he is able to sympathize with our weaknesses
and help us when we are tempted.

What reminder do we have that Jesus
became like us?

We have a meal of bread and wine.

What do these things mean?

They remind us that Jesus
had a real body that was given for us;
had real blood that was shed for us;
really suffered as we do;
and that he really did die for our sins.

Do they remind us only of Christ’s death?

No; they also remind us that Jesus is not here
now, for he is risen!
that he sympathizes with our weakness;
that he is able to help us in temptation;
that he will return in the flesh to raise us on
the last day.

We eat this bread and remember Jesus’ words:

This is my body given for you.

We drink this cup and remember Jesus’ words:

This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Man of Sorrows

Verse 1
Man of sorrows, Lamb of God,
By His own betrayed.
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid.

Verse 2
Silent as He stood accused,
Beaten mocked and scorned,
Bowing to the Father’s will,
He took a crown of thorns. (Chorus)

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
Where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah,
Praise and honor unto Thee.

Verse 3
Sent of heaven, God’s own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree. (Chorus)

Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full
By the precious blood that my Jesus spilled.
Now the curse of sin has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed. (Chorus)

Verse 4
See the stone is rolled away,
Behold the empty tomb.
Hallelujah, God be praised,
He’s risen from the grave. (Chorus)

Praise and honor unto Thee.

Words and Music by Matt Crocker and Brooke Ligertwood
©2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia

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 or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.

Scripture Reading
Joshua 1:1-9 (ESV)
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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

Pastor Michael Felkins

Sermon Discipleship Questions
1. What encouraged you?
2. What convicted you?
3. Is there anything in your life that needs to change?

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

Based on Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that Jesus has

And behold, he is with us always, to the end of the age.

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