Call To Worship
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8 (NKJV)
Invocation and Confession of Sins
Almighty Father, great judge of all nations, we come to you for your help, your grace, and your mercy. We are a sinful people, who have no righteousness in ourselves, but our hope is in the perfect righteousness of your Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. For his sake forgive our sin, our iniquity and our transgressions. By your Spirit, renew our hearts in faith, that trusting in your Son, we may turn away from evil and pursue the good. Enlighten our eyes to seek the goodness of your law and the beauty of holiness. Increase our zeal that we may delight always to do your will. For we ask this in the name of your Son. Amen.
Word of Assurance
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus, God indeed has and does forgive our sins and pardon our iniquities so that we now live in God’s peace as it is written in his Word: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1 (NKJV)
Hymn #17 Praise the Lord: Ye Heavens Adore Him
1 Praise the Lord: ye heav'ns, adore him;
praise him, angels, in the height;
sun and moon, rejoice before him;
praise him all ye stars and light.
Praise the Lord, for he hath spoken;
worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
laws which never shall be broken
for their guidance hath he made.
2 Praise the Lord, for he is glorious;
never shall his promise fail:
God hath made his saints victorious;
sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our salvation;
hosts on high, his pow'r proclaim;
heav'n and earth and all creation,
laud and magnify his name.
3 Worship, honor, glory, blessing,
Lord, we offer unto thee;
young and old, thy praise expressing,
in glad homage bend the knee.
All the saints in heav'n adore thee;
we would bow before thy throne:
as thine angels serve before thee,
so on earth thy will be done.
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Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 (NKJV):
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of
God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of
all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who
are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as
the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 6 Now if
we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the
same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and
salvation. 7 And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of
the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia:
that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in
God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in
whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that
thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
Hymn #455 And Can It Be That I Should Gain
1 And can it be that I should gain
an int'rest in the Savior's blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
2 'Tis myst'ry all! Th'Immortal dies:
who can explore his strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.
3 He left his Father's throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
humbled himself (so great his love!)
and bled for all his chosen race!
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for, O my God, it found out me!
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature's night;
thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach th'eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
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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 seek 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 bothers an sisters who are in need.
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 #692 To You, O Lord, I Fly
1 To you, O Lord, I fly
and on your help depend;
you are my Lord and King Most High;
great God, my soul defend.
A heritage for me
Jehovah will remain;
my portion rich and full is he,
my right he will maintain.
2 The lot to me that fell
is beautiful and fair;
the heritage in which I dwell
is good beyond compare.
I praise the Lord above
whose counsel guides aright;
my heart instructs me in his love
in seasons of the night.
3 I keep before me still
the Lord whom I have proved;
at my right hand he guards from ill,
and I shall not be moved.
Life's pathway you will show,
to your right hand will guide,
where streams of pleasure ever flow,
and boundless joys abide.