Worship Service for May 14, 2023
Updated: May 14
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Call to Worship
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
Psalm 145:1–3 (NKJV)
Hymn # 17 Praise the Lord: Ye Heavens Adore Him
1 Praise the Lord: ye heav'ns, adore him; praise him, angels, in the height; sun and moon, rejoice before him; praise him all ye stars and light. Praise the Lord, for he hath spoken; worlds his mighty voice obeyed: laws which never shall be broken for their guidance hath he made. 2 Praise the Lord, for he is glorious; never shall his promise fail: God hath made his saints victorious; sin and death shall not prevail. Praise the God of our salvation; hosts on high, his pow'r proclaim; heav'n and earth and all creation, laud and magnify his name. 3 Worship, honor, glory, blessing, Lord, we offer unto thee; young and old, thy praise expressing, in glad homage bend the knee. All the saints in heav'n adore thee; we would bow before thy throne: as thine angels serve before thee, so on earth thy will be done.
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
Scripture & Sermon
Hymn # 291 See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
1 See, the Conqu'ror mounts in triumph; see the King in royal state, riding on the clouds, his chariot, to his heav'nly palace gate: Hark! the choirs of angel voices joyful alleluias sing, and the portals high are lifted to receive their heav'nly King.
2 Who is this that comes in glory, with the trump of jubilee? Lord of battles, God of armies, he has gained the victory; he who on the cross did suffer, he who from the grave arose, he has vanquished sin and Satan, he by death has spoiled his foes.
3 You have raised our human nature in the clouds to God's right hand; there we sit in heav'nly places, there with you in glory stand: Jesus reigns, adored by angels, man with God is on the throne; mighty Lord, in your ascension we by faith behold our own.
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 # 345 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
1 Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; he whose word cannot be broken formed thee for his own abode: on the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose? With salvation's walls surrounded, thou may'st smile at all thy foes.
2 See, the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love, well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove; who can faint, while such a river ever flows their thirst t'assuage?– grace which, like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.
3 Round each habitation hov'ring, see the cloud and fire appear for a glory and a cov'ring, showing that the Lord is near: thus deriving from their banner light by night and shade by day, safe they feed upon the manna which he gives them when they pray.
4 Savior, if of Zion's city I, through grace, a member am, let the world deride or pity, I will glory in thy name: fading is the worldling's pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show; solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion's children know.