9:00 Order of Worship

April 18, 2021

3rd sunday of easter

Sermon: Pastor Clay Smith
Themes and Keywords: transformation, righteousness, pure, mercy, peace

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my worth is not in what i own
Chris Sasse, violin; Suzanne Harlamert, cello; Carl Sasse, guitar (Keith & Kristyn Getty, Graham Kendrick © 2014 Getty Music Publishing (BMI); arr. Suzanne Harlamert)


God calls us to worship

from revelation 1:6

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who is the resurrection and the firstborn from the dead.
To Jesus who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father,
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. 
Let us worship God through Jesus Christ the risen King!

we praise god

all creatures of our god and king
(Text: Francis of Assisi, 1225; para. William H. Draper; Tune: Auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge, Cologne, 1623)

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heav'n along
O praise Him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn in praise rejoice!
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part.
O sing ye, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear
praise God and cast on Him your care.
O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
and worship Him in humbleness.
O praise Him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, three in one!
O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

we pray for god to help us worship

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

god calls us to confess our sin

from hebrews 4:14-16

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

we confess our sin

Lord Jesus, you taught us that in your kingdom,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit."
But we have been rich in pride.
"Blessed are those who mourn."
But we have known too little sorrow for our sin.
"Blessed are the meek."
But we are rebellious by nature.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."
But we have too little longing for your true goodness.
"Blessed are the merciful."
But we have been harsh and impatient.
"Blessed are the pure in heart."
But we have impure hearts.
"Blessed are the peacemakers."
But we have been reluctant to reconcile.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(silent prayers of confession)

Gracious Father, in your mercy transform us by your Holy Spirit, so that we hunger for your righteousness and seek first your kingdom by walking in the purity and peace of Christ.

god declares our forgiveness
from ephesians 2:4-7

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For all who have turned from sin in sorrow 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.

Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

all i have is christ
(Text and Tune: Jordan Kauflin © 2008 Sovereign Grace Music)

I once was lost in darkest night,
yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that you would own
a rebel to your will.
And if you had not loved me first,
I would refuse you still.

But as I ran my hell-bound race,
indiff'rent to the cost,
you looked upon my helpless state
and led me to the cross.
And I beheld God's love displayed:
you suffered in my place.
You bore the wrath reserved for me;
now all I know is grace!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life.

Now, Lord I would be yours alone
and live so all might see
the strength to follow your commands
could never come from me.
O Father, use my ransomed life
in any way you choose
and let my song forever be:
my only boast is you.


god instructs us in scripture reading

matthew 5:1-10


god instructs us in preaching

a disciple's character
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith


we offer ourselves in gifts and song

Give Online

be thou my vision
(Text: trans. Mary E. Byrne: vers. Eleanor H. Hull; Tune: SLANE; Traditional Irish melody)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight,
Thou my soul's shelter, Thou my high tow'r:
raise Thou me heav'nward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

we hear testimony of god's work

Clavery Mbwana


we pray for the church and the world

We would love to pray for you!

Submit Your Prayer Request

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.

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, we invite you to meditate on one of the
prayers below.

Is your child interested in receiving communion for the first time? We’d like to help with that process. Contact Karen Brown for more information or to get started!

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.

God blesses us and sends us out

And all God's people said...Hallelujah! Amen.

easter doxology: He is risen
(Text: Eric Schumacher, 2004; Tune: Auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge, 1623)

O! Let the nations sing the fame
of Christ the Lamb who once was slain!
He is risen! He is risen!
Now we await the coming day
when all those raised in Christ will say,
"Give him glory! Give him glory!
He is risen! He is risen! Alleluia!"


(J. H. Fiocco)



Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150