Worship Service for January 8, 2023
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Call to Worship
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Hymn # 65 Before Jehovah's Awesome Throne
1 Before Jehovah's awesome throne, all nations, bow with sacred joy; know that the Lord is God alone, he can create, and he destroy - he can create, and he destroy. 2 His sovereign pow'r without our aid, made us of dust and formed us men; and when like wand'ring sheep we strayed, he brought us to his fold again - he brought us to his fold again. 3 We are his people, we his care, our souls and all our mortal frame: what lasting honors shall we rear, almighty Maker, to your name? - almighty Maker, to your name? 4 We'll crowd your gates with thankful songs, high as the heav'ns our voices raise; and earth, with her ten thousand tongues, shall fill your courts with sounding praise - shall fill your courts with sounding praise. 5 Wide as the world is your command, vast as eternity your love; firm as a rock your truth must stand, when rolling years shall cease to move - when rolling years shall cease to move.
Call To Confession
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:8–12 citing Psalm 34:12-16 (NIV):
Confession of Sins
Let us pray to the Lord confessing our sin, saying together:
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
Be pleased to save me, Lord;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
Psalm 40:11–13 (NIV)
Word of Comfort
As we are weary and burdened by our sin and our troubles, our Lord Jesus says to us:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28–30 (NIV)
Song of Renewal
Jesus! I do now receive him, more than all in him I find; he hath granted me forgiveness, I am his, and he is mine.
Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, he is with me to the end.
Trinity Hymnal # 498, stanza 5
Daniel 9:1–3 (NKJV):
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—
2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
Hymn (insert) TPH 102B Thou, O Lord, Art God Alone
1 Thou, O Lord, art God alone, everlasting is thy throne; through the ages men shall sing praise to heav'n's eternal King. Thou, enthroned above the skies, wilt for Zion's help arise; let thy grace to her appear, for the promised time is near.
2 If with love compassionate we, thy servants, mourn her state, wilt not thou, O gracious Lord, help in Zion's need afford? Lord, thy glory shall appear, kings and nations then shall fear; and thy name shall be adored when thy Zion is restored.
3 This all ages shall record for the glory of the Lord; thou dost hear the humble prayer, for the helpless thou dost care. Thou eternal art, and great, heav'n and earth thou didst create; heav'n and earth shall pass away, changeless thou shall live for aye.
4 As one lays a garment by, thou wilt change the starry sky like a vesture worn and old; but thy years shall ne'er be told. Thou wilt make thy servants' race ever live before thy face, and forever at thy side children's children shall abide.
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 # 688 Have Thine Own Way, Lord!
1 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Thou art the potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.
2 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Search me and try me, Master, today! Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now, as in thy presence humbly I bow.
3 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray! Power, all power, surely is thine! Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!
4 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Hold o'er my being absolute sway! Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always, living in me!