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Worship Service for April 28, 2024

Updated: Apr 28

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;The Lord is clothed,He has girded Himself with strength.Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.2 Your throne is established from of old;You are from everlasting.

Psalm 93:1-2


Hymn # 69 Thy God Reigneth

1 Trembling soul, beset by fears,

"Thy God reigneth!"

Look above and dry thy tears:

"Thy God reigneth!"

Though thy foes with pow'r assail,

naught against thee shall prevail;

trust in him - he'll never fail:

"Thy God reigneth, thy God reigneth!"


2 Sinful soul, thy debt is paid;

"Thy God reigneth!"

On the Lord thy sins were laid;

"Thy God reigneth!"

On the cross of Calvary,

Jesus shed his blood for thee,

from all sin to set thee free:

"Thy God reigneth, thy God reigneth!"


3 Seeking soul, to Jesus turn;

"Thy God reigneth!"

None that seek him will he spurn;

"Thy God reigneth!"

Wand'ring sheep the Shepherd seeks,

and when found he ever keeps,

for "he slumbers not nor sleeps":

"Thy God reigneth, thy God reigneth!"


4 Join, ye saints, the truth proclaim,

"Thy God reigneth!"

Shout it forth with glad acclaim,

"Thy God reigneth!"

Zion, wake! the morn is nigh,

see it break from yonder sky;

loud and clear the watchmen cry:

"Thy God reigneth, thy God reigneth!"


5 Church of Christ, awake, awake!

"Thy God reigneth!"

Forward, then, fresh courage take:

"Thy God reigneth!"

Soon, descending from his throne,

he shall claim thee for his own;

sin shall then be overthrown:

"Thy God reigneth, thy God reigneth!"

 

Call To Confession 

Our Lord Jesus says, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ And also, ‘Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’

 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us... If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” Let us, therefore, confess ours sins to the Lord, saying together:

1 John 1:8 (NKJV)


Confession of Sins

Almighty and Gracious Father, we confess to you that we have sinned by not loving you with our whole heart and by not loving our neighbor as ourselves. Our faith is weak, and we easily give in to doubt. Forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness in thought, word and deed. For we ask this in the name of your Son, who is our sure Redeemer and our Savior. Amen.

 

Word of Assurance

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus, our Gracious Heavenly Father has forgiven us our sins according to His word that "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

 

Doxology # 731

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heav'nly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Scripture Lesson: John 9

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.

10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.

17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”

38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.


Sermon


Hymn – Before the Throne of God Above 

1 Before the throne of God above

I have a strong and perfect plea,

A great High Priest whose name is Love,

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav'n He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart,

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

 

2 When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free;

For God the Just is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me,

To look on Him and pardon me.

 

3 Behold Him there! the risen Lamb,

My perfect, spotless Righteousness;

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself, I cannot die,

My soul is purchased by His blood;

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ, my Savior and my God,

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

 

Prayer of the Church with the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray together as Jesus taught us:

 

“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 – Psalm 116, I Love you Lord

(Chorus)

I love You, Lord

For You have delivered me

I love You, Lord

For You have delivered

My soul from death

My feet from stumbling

I will walk in the land of the living

My soul from death

My feet from stumbling

I will walk in the land of the living (2x)

 

I will bless You, Lord

For You heard my cry

I reached out my hand

And You saved my life

I will bless You, Lord

For You heard my plea

And the God of Heaven

Turned His ear to me

 

I will bless You, Lord

For unending love

For Your grace and mercy

Raining down from above

And I will bless You, Lord

To the very end

I will call on You

As long as I may live

 

(Chorus)

I love You, Lord

For You have delivered me

I love You, Lord

For You have delivered

My soul from death

My feet from stumbling

I will walk in the land of the living

My soul from death

My feet from stumbling

I will walk in the land of the living

 

Benediction




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