Updated: Jul 12
Call To Confession
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Psalm 32:5 (NKJV)
Confession of Sins
Gracious Heavenly Father, we praise you that through your Son you have given us victory over sin and death by his death on the cross and by his resurrection. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. Our love for you has not has been imperfect and our love for our neighbor has been faltering. For the sake of your Son, forgive us our sins and by your Spirit rule in our hearts that we may worship and serve you. Loving Father, reign over us, preserving us through all the troubles of this life and bringing us safely into your eternal kingdom. And may we love and adore you with your Son and your Spirit for eternity. Amen
Word of Assurance
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.
(Colossians 1:13–14 NKJV)
Call to Worship
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Psalm 150:1–2 (NKJV)
Hymn #113 The Heavens Declare Thy Glory
Sing Together (click here for The Heavens Declare Thy Glory)
1 The heav'ns declare thy glory, the firmament thy pow'r; day unto day the story repeats from hour to hour; night unto night replying, proclaims in ev'ry land, O Lord, with voice undying, the wonders of thy hand.
2 The sun with royal splendor goes forth to chant thy praise, and moonbeams soft and tender their gentler anthem raise; o'er every tribe and nation the music strange is poured, the song of all creation to thee, creation's Lord. 3 All heav'n on high rejoices to do its Maker's will, the stars with solemn voices resound thy praises still; so let my whole behavior, thoughts, words, and actions be, O Lord, my Strength, my Savior, one ceaseless song to thee.
Scripture Lessons: Romans 3:9–19 & Ephesians 2:1–11
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written that there is none righteous, no, not one:
11 “There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Romans 3:9–19 (NKJV mod.)
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1–11 (NKJV)
Hymn # 164 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
1 O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace. 2 My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name. 3 Jesus, the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; 'tis music in the sinner's ears, 'tis life and health and peace. 4 He breaks the pow'r of reigning sin, he sets the pris'ner free; his blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me. 5 He speaks and, list'ning to his voice, new life the dead receive; the mournful, broken hearts rejoice; the humble poor believe. 6 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosen'd tongues employ; ye blind, behold your Savior come; and leap, ye lame, for joy.
Prayer of the Church
Almighty Father, our help and our strength, keep and preserve your people through all the troubles of this life and bring us safely into eternal life. In the weakness of our faith, strengthen us to trust in you. In the midst of our fears, be our help and our comfort and our consolation.
Look with kindness upon your people who are threatened, attacked and endangered by those in evil governments who oppose your kingdom. Deliver your church from danger and trouble, and from false teachers and wrong beliefs.
Give wisdom, diligence and courage to all who serve as missionaries and evangelists. Guide our pastors and teachers into the fullness of your truth, and your Church may grow in true knowledge of you and in joyful obedience to your revealed will.
Be merciful to our nation and cause the gospel of your Son to spread throughout our land. Turn our leaders away from falsehood and moral corruption, and guide those in public office in the way of your righteous law. Catch in their own folly those who use their governmental authority to demean your law and to oppose the kingdom of your Son. Open the eyes of our American people to see the foolishness of the unbelieving philosophies taught in our schools and proclaimed in our media. Instead, turn the hearts of our people to you in true repentance and to your Son in saving faith.
In our sickness, heal us and restore our trust in you that you work all things for our good. In our labors, give us joy in doing all things in the name of Jesus. Grant us our daily needs and give us generous hearts to share with our brothers and sisters who are in need.
Hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us to pray, saying:
“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 # 598 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
1 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy pow'rful hand; Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, feed me till I want no more. 2 Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through; strong Deliv'rer, strong Deliv'rer, be thou still my strength and shield, be thou still my strength and shield. 3 When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell's Destruction, land me safe on Canaan's side; songs of praises, songs of praises I will ever give to thee, I will ever give to thee.