8:30 Order of Worship

February 16, 2020

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

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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

we come, o christ, to you
Hymnal #117 (Text: Edith Margaret Clarkson, 1946; Tune: John Darwall, 1770)


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 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.

All: Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

o, the deep, deep love of jesus
Hymnal #211 (Text: Samuel Trevor Francis, 1890; Tune: Thomas John Williams, 1890)


o for a closer walk with god
Chancel Choir Ensemble (Text: William Cowper; Tune: C.V. Stanford)

O for a closer walk with God, a calm and heav'nly frame; A light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb!

Return, O holy Dove, return! Sweet messenger of rest; I hate the sins that made thee mourn, and drove thee from my breast.

So shall my walk be close with God, calm and serene my frame; So purer light shall mark the road that leads me to the Lamb.

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

come thou almighty king
(Text: Hymns for Social Worship, 1757; Tune: Felice de Giardini, 1769)

Come, thou Almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise. Father, all glorious, o'er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days.

Come, thou incarnate Word, gird on thy mighty sword. Our prayer attend! Come and thy people bless, and give thy word success. Spirit of holiness, on us descend.

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: American folk melody)

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!"


we pray for the church and the world

Liturgist: (prayers for the church and the world)

All: 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, you may simply pass the elements by. We also urge you to meditate on one of the prayers below.
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: Henry T. Smart, 1836)

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 every 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.

Let all the peoples praise you, let all the nations sing. Then earth in rich 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.

God blesses us and sends us out

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

(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.


praeludium and ciacona in c
(D. Buxtehude)


Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150