Call to Worship
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name
Psalm 100:1–4 (NKJV)
Hymn # 98 Now Thank We All Our God
1 Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers' arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
2 O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with ever-joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; and keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed, and free us from all ills in this world and the next.
3 All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven– the one eternal God, whom earth and heav'n adore; for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
Call To Confession
Our Lord Jesus says “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
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
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):
Song of Renewal
Gracious God my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true;
Cast me not away from thee,
Let thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation's joy impart.
Steadfast make my willing heart.
#486, stanza 5 (Ps 51:10-11)
Scripture Lessons: 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hymn # 88 With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring
1 With grateful heart my thanks I bring, before the great thy praise I sing: I worship in thy holy place and praise thee for thy truth and grace; for truth and grace together shine in thy most holy word divine.
2 I cried to thee and thou didst save, thy word of grace new courage gave; the kings of earth shall thank thee, Lord, for they have heard thy wondrous word; yea, they shall come with songs of praise, for great and glorious are thy ways.
3 O Lord, enthroned in glory bright, thou reignest in the heav'nly height; the proud in vain thy favor seek, but thou hast mercy for the meek; through trouble though my pathway be, thou wilt revive and strengthen me.
4 Thou wilt stretch forth thy mighty arm to save me when my foes alarm; the work thou hast for me begun shall by thy grace be fully done; Forever mercy dwells with thee; O Lord, my Maker, think on me.
Prayer of the Church and the Lord’s Prayer
“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 My Heart Is Filled
1 My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace And gave me life again. Who crushed my curse of sinfulness, And clothed me with His light, And wrote His law of righteousness With power upon my heart.
2 My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who walks beside; Who floods my weaknesses with strength And causes fears to fly; Whose every promise is enough For every step I take, Sustaining me with arms of love And crowning me with grace.
3 My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who reigns above; Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose every thought is love. For every day I have on earth Is given by the King. So I will give my life, my all, To love and follow Him.