Updated: Sep 13
Call to Worship
Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8 (NKJV)
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 30:4 (NKJV)
Hymn # 92 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
1 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and pow'r are great; and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.
2 Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he, Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.
3 And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.
4 That Word above all earthly pow'rs, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill: God's truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.
Call To Confession
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to .the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:6–7 (NKJV)
Confession of Sins
Almighty Father, holy and merciful God, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have thought evil thoughts. We have spoken wrong words. We have done what your law forbids. For the sake of your Son forgive us. By your Spirit enable us to turn from sin to joyful obedience. Cause your face to shine on us and be gracious to us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Word of Assurance
Our heavenly Father does forgive us according to his promise that
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)
Let us, therefore, give glory to our God!
Gloria Patri #735
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.
Scripture Lesson: Exodus 20:1-17
And God spoke all these words, saying:
2“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13“You shall not murder.
14“You shall not commit adultery.
15“You shall not steal.
16“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Hymn # 558 That Man Is Blest Who, Fearing God
1 That man is blest who, fearing God, from sin restrains his feet, who will not stand with wicked men, who shuns the scorners' seat.
2 Yea, blest is he who makes God's law his portion and delight, and meditates upon that law with gladness day and night.
3 That man is nourished like a tree set by the rivers' side; its leaf is green, its fruit is sure, and thus his works abide.
4 The wicked like the driven chaff are swept from off the land; they shall not gather with the just, nor in the judgment stand.
5 The Lord will guard the righteous well, their way to him is known; the way of sinners, far from God, shall surely be o'erthrown.
Prayer of the Church
Almighty and Gracious Father, look with mercy upon us. Preserve and protect us in the difficulties of this life. Keep us in true faith and repentance that we many enter into your eternal kingdom. Grant to your church here and throughout the world faithful shepherds that we may know your truth and believe your promises. Give strength and boldness to our missionaries that the gospel of your Son may be proclaimed in every nation. Deliver your people from unjust governments throughout the world who impeded the preaching of the gospel, who restrict the assembling of your people, and who seek to harm your flock.
Great Judge of the living and the dead, restrain those who despise your law and promote moral perversity and violence in our society. Enlighten the eyes of our American people to see the blessing of doing the good and folly of doing what your law forbids. Send forth your Spirit to turn the hearts of our people from unbelief and wickedness to faith in your Son. Grant that your law of love may triumph over the hatred of men.
O kind and compassionate Father, deliver us from illness and disease that we may sing your praise. Renew our faith to trust you that you work all things for our good and salvation. 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:
“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 Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
1 Come behold the wondrous myst’ry in the dawning of the king;
He the theme of heaven's praises Robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness now the Light of Life has come;
Look to Christ who condescended Took on flesh to ransom us.
2 Come behold the wondrous myst’ry He the perfect son of man;
In His living, in His suffering Never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam come to save the hellbound man;
Christ the great and sure fulfillment Of the law; in Him we stand.
3 Come behold the wondrous myst’ry, Christ the Lord upon the tree;
In the stead of ruined sinners Hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption, see the Father's plan unfold;
Bringing many sons to glory, Grace unmeasured, love untold.
4 Come behold the wondrous myst’ry Slain by death the God of life;
but no grave could e'er restrain him, Praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of Deliv’rance, How unwavering our hope;
Christ in power resurrected, As we will be when he comes.