11:15 Order of Worship

February 16, 2020

Liturgist is Rev. Ben Tzeng
Themes and keywords: identity, struggle, growth, Spirit

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prelude

something within me
Naima Wartts, Soloist

 

God calls us to worship

from psalm 106:1; 103:3-4

Liturgist: Praise the LORD!
All: Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Liturgist: Bless the Lord, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
All: Hallelujah! Amen!

we praise god

behold our god
(Text and tune: Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge, 2011 © 2011 Sovereign Grace Music)

Who has held the oceans in His hands? Who has numbered ev'ry grain of sand? Kings and nations tremble at His voice. All creation rises to rejoice.

Chorus: Behold our God seated on His throne. Come, let us adore Him. Behold our King: nothing can compare, come let us adore Him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord? Who can question any of His words? Who can teach the One who knows all things? Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds? Chorus

Who has felt the nails upon His hands, bearing all the guilt of sinful man? God eternal, humbled to the grave: Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign! Chorus

You will reign forever! (Let your glory fill the earth)

Chorus

we pray for god to help us worship

Pastor: Christ is risen!
All: He is risen indeed! He died for us that we might live for him.

god calls us to confess our sin

from 1 john 1:5-6, 8-9

Liturgist: God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

we confess our sin

Liturgist: God, our deliverer, you have set us free in Christ from slavery to sin.
All: But we confess that sin continues to dwell in us. We struggle because we do not do the good we want to do, but the evil we do not want is what we keep on doing. We delight in your law in our inner being, but our growth is often slow and hard because sin wages war against our minds and hearts. So we sin against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. Lord, have mercy on us and deliver us from this body of death.

(silent prayers of confession)

Liturgist: Gracious Father, help us to embrace our true identity in Christ. Renew us and lead us by your Holy Spirit so that we will live in the true freedom of people brought from death to life. Help us to put to death the sin that remains in us and strengthen our desire for you and for all that is good and right, so that our lives will always be faithful and fruitful.

god declares our forgiveness

from 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 8:1-2

Liturgist: God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

For all who have turned from sin in sorry and look to God for mercy, this is God's gift. In Jesus Christ, God loves you, God forgives you, God accepts you, and God rejoices over you as beloved daughters and sons.

All: Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

grace
(Text and tune: Niki Shepherd, Johnny Robinson, and Rich Thompson © 2016 Getty Music Songs)

Your grace that leads the sinner home from death to life forever and sings the song of righteousness by blood and not by merit.

Your grace that reaches far and wide to every tribe and nation has called my heart to enter in the joy of your salvation.

Chorus: By grace I am redeemed, by grace I am restored, and now I freely walk into the arms of Christ, my Lord.

Your grace that I cannot explain, not by my earthly wisdom, the prince of life without a stain was traded for this sinner. Chorus

Let praise rise up and overflow, my song resound forever, for grace will see me welcomed home to walk beside my savior. Chorus

take me to the water
Chancel Choir (African American Spiritual, arr. David M. Cherwien)

Take me to the water to be baptized. None but the righteous shall see God. I love Jesus, oh, yes, I do. He's my Savior, oh, yes, he is.

we greet one another with the peace of christ

(Children ages 3-1st grade may go to children's worship)

 

we pray for god to illuminate his word to us

Show us christ
(Text: Doug Plank and Bob Kauflin; Tune: Doug Plank © 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship)

Prepare our hearts, O God. Help us to receive. Break the hard and stony ground. Help our unbelief. Plant Your Word down deep in us; Cause it to bear fruit. Open up our ears to hear, Lead us in Your truth. Show us Christ. Show us Christ. O God, reveal Your glory through the preaching of Your Word. Until every heart confesses Christ is Lord.

god instructs us in scripture reading

romans 7:7-25
(pew Bible p. 943)

 

god instructs us in preaching

the war within
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith

 

we offer ourselves in gifts and song

Prior to singing, we will take a moment of silence to reflect and pray.

how firm a foundation
(Text: Robert Keen, 1787; Tune: Anonymous)

How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent word! What more can he say than to you he hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

"Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed; for I am your God and will still give you aid. I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

"When through the deep waters I call you to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow. For I will be with you, your troubles to bless, and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

"When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply. The flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

"The soul that on Jesus has leaned for purpose, I will not, I will not desert to his foes. That soul, though all hell should only endeavor to shake, I'll never, no never, no never forsake!"

Giving 

we pray for the church and the world

Liturgist: (prayers for the church and the world)

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your 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 the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 

god feeds us at his table

Central Presbyterian welcomes all Christians who actively trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, who are willing to forsake their sin, and who are members of congregations that proclaim the gospel to receive Holy Communion with us. If you are not ready to receive communion, you may simply pass the elements by. We also urge you to meditate on one of the prayers below.
 
Bread
The communion bread is gluten-free.
 
Eating and drinking
Please eat and drink as you receive the bread and the cup when you are ready. We will not hold the elements and wait to eat until all have been served.
 
Prayer for those searching
Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Help me to be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open me to the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent and convincing and that leads to the life you promise. Amen.
 
Prayer of new belief
Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever dared believe, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt on the cross, taking what I deserved in order to offer me complete forgiveness. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Amen.
 
here is love
(Text: William Rees, st. 1-2, 1855; tr. William Edwards, 1915; st. 3 attr. William Williams, 1744; Tune: Robert Lowry, 1876)

Here is love, vast as the ocean, loving kindness as the flood, when the prince of life, our ransom shed for us his precious blood. Who his love will not remember? Who can cease to sing his praise? He can never be forgotten, throughout heav'n's eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion fountains opened deep and wide; through the floodgates of God's mercy flowed a vast and gracious tide. Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above; heaven's peace and perfect justice kissed a guilty world in love.

Bond and pledge of sweet communion, all Christ's benefits divine: Here, you saints, are offered freely in the bread and in the wine. Here is love displayed in splendor: body broken, blood outpoured, signs and seals of mercy offered at the table of the Lord.

we praise god

psalm 67
(Text: trans. James McGranahan, 1890, alt. Tune: (verses) Henry T. Smart, 1836; (chorus) Ryan Foglesong © 2010 Resolved Music)

O God, to us show mercy and bless us in your grace, and cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face, so that your way most holy on earth may soon be known, and unto ev'ry people your saving grace be shown.

Let all the peoples praise you, let all the nations sing; in ev'ry land let praises and songs of gladness ring; for you will judge the peoples in truth and righteousness, and on the earth all nations will your just rule confess.

Chorus: So lead on, lead on King of heaven. My light and my salvation, Your faithfulness endures. O lead on! Lead us to Your kingdom. Through joy or tribulation, we follow You. We follow You alone.

Let all the peoples praise you, let all the nations sing. Then earth, in right abundance, to us her fruit will bring. The Lord our God will bless us, our God will blessing send, and all the earth will fear him to its remotest end. Chorus

God blesses us and sends us out

Pastor: And all God's people said...
All: Hallelujah! Amen.

doxology
(Text: Thomas Ken, 1709; Tune: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav'nly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen, Amen, Amen.

Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150