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.
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found.
Psalm 32:5-6 (NKJV)
Confession of Sins
Let us, therefore, confess our sin, saying together:
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me... Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities” through Jesus your Son. Amen.
Word of Assurance
Brothers and Sisters, your sins have been forgiven according to God’s promise that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness... for we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 1:9, 2:1-2)
Call to Worship
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 95:1-2 (NKJV)
Hymn #55 To God be the Glory
1 To God be the glory, great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that we may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro' Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he has done!
2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
To ev'ry believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus forgiveness receives. (Refrain)
3 Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. (Refrain)
Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
Hymn #489 Lord, like the Publican I Stand
1 Lord, like the publican I stand,
and lift my heart to thee;
thy pard'ning grace, O God, command,
be merciful to me.
2 I smite upon my anxious breast,
o'erwhelmed with agony;
O save my soul by sin oppressed,
be merciful to me.
3 My guilt, my shame, I all confess:
I have no hope nor plea
but Jesus' blood and righteousness:
be merciful to me.
4 Here at thy cross I still would wait,
nor from its shelter flee,
till thou, O God, in mercy great,
art merciful to me.
Prayer of the Church
Almighty and Gracious Father, look with pity upon us. Preserve and protect us in the troubles of this life, and bring us safely into your eternal kingdom. Grant to your church here and throughout the world godly pastors and teachers that we may know your truth and believe your promises. Give courage and effectiveness to our missionaries that the gospel of your Son may be proclaimed in every nation. Deliver your people from tyrannical governments who interfere with the preaching of the gospel, who forbid the singing of your praise and who seek to harm your people.
Great Judge of the living and the dead, bring your judgments upon those who use the power of civil government to promote lawlessness, and who justify their perversions by calling what is evil “good” and what is good “evil.” So turn the hearts of our political leaders that the good of your law may triumph and the wickedness of the devil may fail.
O Sovereign Lord, deliver us from illness and disease that we may sing your praise. Make our labors to prosper and make 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, 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 In Christ Alone
1 In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
2 In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
3 There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
4 No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!