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Worship Service for April 7, 2024

Welcome

 

Call to Worship

The LORD lives!

Blessed be my Rock!

Let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Psalm 18:46

Hymn # 277 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

1 "Christ the Lord is ris'n today," Alleluia!

sons of men and angels say; Alleluia!

raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia!

Sing ye heav'ns, and earth, reply. Alleluia!


2 Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Alleluia!

Christ has burst the gates of hell: Alleluia!

death in vain forbids his rise; Alleluia!

Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!


3 Lives again our glorious King; Alleluia!

where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Once he died, our souls to save; Alleluia!

where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!


4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!

foll'wing our exalted Head; Alleluia!

made like him, like him we rise: Alleluia!

ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!


5 Hail, the Lord of earth and heav'n! Alleluia!

Praise to thee by both be giv'n; Alleluia!

thee we greet triumphant now; Alleluia!

hail, the Resurrection, thou! Alleluia!


Call To Confession

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...5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

12 Honor your father and your mother.

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 desire...anything that is your neighbor’s.

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 Lesson: Philippians 3:8-11

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.


Sermon


Hymn # 647 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

in a believer's ear!

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,

and drives away his fear.


2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,

and calms the troubled breast;

'tis manna to the hungry soul,

and to the weary rest.


3 Dear Name! the rock on which I build,

my shield and hiding place,

my never-failing treas'ry filled

with boundless stores of grace;


4 Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,

my Prophet, Priest, and King,

my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,

accept the praise I bring.


5 Weak is the effort of my heart,

and cold my warmest thought;

but when I see thee as thou art,

I'll praise thee as I ought.


6 Till then I would thy love proclaim

with every fleeting breath;

and may the music of thy name

refresh my soul in death.


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.”


The Apostles’ Creed – page 845

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Hymn # 246 Man of Sorrows! What a Name

1 Man of Sorrows! what a name

for the Son of God, who came

ruined sinners to reclaim:

Hallelujah! what a Savior!


2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

in my place condemned he stood,

sealed my pardon with his blood:

Hallelujah! what a Savior!


3 Guilty, vile, and helpless, we;

spotless Lamb of God was he;

full atonement! can it be?

Hallelujah! what a Savior!


4 Lifted up was he to die,

"It is finished!" was his cry:

now in heav'n exalted high:

Hallelujah! what a Savior!


5 When he comes, our glorious King,

all his ransomed home to bring,

then anew this song we'll sing:

Hallelujah! what a Savior!


The Lord’s Supper


Hymn # 541 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

1 When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more,

and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;

when the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,

and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


Refrain:

When the roll is called up yonder,

when the roll is called up yonder,

when the roll is called up yonder,

when the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.


2 On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,

and the glory of his resurrection share;

when his chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,

and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. [Refrain]


3 Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,

let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;

then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done,

and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. [Refrain]


Benediction





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