Updated: Jun 6
Call to Worship
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Sing out the honor of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Psalm 66:1–3 (NKJV)
Hymn #3 Give to Our God Immortal Praise
1 Give to our God immortal praise; mercy and truth are all his ways: wonders of grace to God belong; repeat his mercies in your song.
2 Give to the Lord of lords renown; the King of kings with glory crown: his mercies ever shall endure, when lords and kings are known no more.
3 He built the earth, he spread the sky, and fixed the starry lights on high: wonders of grace to God belong; repeat his mercies in your song.
4 He fills the sun with morning light; he bids the moon direct the night: his mercies ever shall endure, when suns and moons shall shine no more.
5 He sent his Son with pow'r to save from guilt and darkness and the grave: wonders of grace to God belong; repeat his mercies in your song.
6 Through this vain world he guides our feet, and leads us to his heav'nly seat: his mercies ever shall endure, when this vain world shall be no more.
Call To Confession
Our Lord Jesus says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ And also, ‘Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us... If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” Let us, therefore, confess ours sins to the Lord, saying together:
1 John 1:8 (NKJV)
Confession of Sins
Almighty and Gracious Father, we confess to you that we have sinned by not loving you with our whole heart and by not loving our neighbor as ourselves. Our faith is weak and we easily give in to doubt. Forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness in thought, word and deed. For we ask this in the name of your Son, who is our sure Redeemer and our Savior. Amen.
Word of Assurance
Brothers and Sisters in Jesus, our Gracious Heavenly Father has forgiven us our sins according to His word that "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heav'nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: 2 Peter 1:12–21 (NKJV)
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,
14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Hymn # 515 How Lovely Shines the Morning Star
1 How lovely shines the Morning Star! The nations see and hail afar the light in Judah shining. Thou David's son of Jacob's race, my bridegroom and my King of grace, for thee my heart is pining. Lowly, holy, great and glorious, thou victorious Prince of graces, filling all the heav'nly places.
2 Now richly to my waiting heart, O thou, my God, deign to impart the grace of love undying. In thy blest body let me be, e'en as the branch is in the tree, thy life my life supplying. Sighing, crying, for the savor of thy favor; resting never till I rest in thee forever.
3 Thou, mighty Father, in thy Son didst love me ere thou hadst begun this ancient world's foundation. Thy Son hath made a friend of me, and when in spirit him I see, I joy in tribulation. What bliss is this! He that liveth to me giveth life forever; nothing me from him can sever.
Prayer of the Church with the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray together as Jesus taught us:
“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 # 460 Amazing Grace (Stanzas 1-3)
1 Amazing grace!– how sweet the sound– that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
2 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
3 Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
Hymn # 460 Amazing Grace (Stanzas 4-6)
4 The Lord has promised good to me, his Word my hope secures; he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.
5 And when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.
6 When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun.