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Call to Worship
Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 (NKJV)
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. Psalm 30:4 (NKJV)
Hymn #179 Hallelujah! Thine the Glory
1 We praise thee, O God!
for the days of our youth,
for the bright lamp that shineth -
the Word of thy truth.
Hallelujah! thine the glory,
hallelujah! we sing;
hallelujah! thine the glory,
our praise now we bring.
2 We praise thee, O God!
for the Son of thy love,
for Jesus who died
and is now gone above. [Refrain]
3 We praise thee, O God!
for thy Spirit of light,
who has shown us our Savior
and scattered our night. [Refrain]
4 All glory and praise
to the Lamb that was slain,
who has borne all our sins and
has cleansed ev'ry stain! [Refrain]
Call To Confession
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to .the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:6-7 (NKJV)
Confession of Sins
Almighty Father, holy and merciful God, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have thought evil thoughts. We have spoken wrong words. We have done what your law forbids. For the sake of your Son forgive us. By your Spirit enable us to turn from sin to joyful obedience. Cause your face to shine on us and be gracious to us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Word of Assurance
Our heavenly Father does forgive us according to his promise that
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:11-13 (NKJV)
Let us, therefore, give glory to our God!
Gloria Patri (sung)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Hymn #644 May the Mind of Christ My Savior
1 May the mind of Christ my Savior
live in me from day to day,
by his love and pow'r controlling
all I do and say.
2 May the Word of God dwell richly
in my heart from hour to hour,
so that all may see I triumph
only through his pow'r.
3 May the peace of God my Father
rule my life in everything,
that I may be calm to comfort
sick and sorrowing.
4 May the love of Jesus fill me
as the waters fill the sea;
him exalting, self abasing,
this is victory.
5 May his beauty rest upon me
as I seek the lost to win,
and may they forget the channel,
seeing only him.
Prayer of the Church
Almighty and Gracious Father, look with mercy upon us. Preserve and protect us in the difficulties of this life. Keep us in true faith and repentance that we may enter into your eternal kingdom. Grant to your church here and throughout the world faithful shepherds that we may know your truth and believe your promises. Give strength and boldness to our missionaries that the gospel of your Son may be proclaimed in every nation. Deliver your people from unjust governments who impeded the preaching of the gospel, who restrict the assembling of your people, and who seek to harm your flock.
Great Judge of the living and the dead, bring your judgments upon civil rulers who encourage perversity and violence. Enlighten the eyes of the people to see the blessing of doing the good and folly of doing what your law forbids. Grant that your law may triumph over the wickedness of men who dress in the robe of legality.
O kind and compassionate Father, deliver us from illness and disease that we may sing your praise. Renew our faith to trust you that work all things for our good and salvation. Make our labors to prosper and makes our hearts generous toward our brothers and sisters in need. Give us boldness to bear witness to you as the only true God, and to your Son as the only Savior of mankind.
Hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us to pray:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Hymn #378 Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face (vs. 1, 2, 3)
1 Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
here would I touch and handle things unseen,
here grasp with firmer hand th'eternal grace,
and all my weariness upon thee lean.
2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God,
here drink with thee the royal wine of heav'n;
here would I lay aside each earthly load,
here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv'n.
3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;
this is the heav'nly table spread for me:
here let me feast, and, feasting, still prolong
the brief, bright hour of fellowship with thee
The Lord’s Supper
Hymn # 378 Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face (vs. 4, 5)
4 I have no help but thine, nor do I need
another arm save thine to lean upon:
it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
my strength is in thy might, thy might alone.
5 Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness;
mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing blood;
here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace,
thy blood, thy righteousness, O Lord my God.