6:00 PM Worship Service
May 26, 2019
At 3100 Covenant Rd
“He who does not have the church for his mother cannot have God for his Father.”
“The family of God is not here to serve the interests of our family. Rather, our families are here to serve the family of God.” - Joseph Hellerman
CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 68
Leader: God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!
Congregation: But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
Leader: Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!
All: Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
HYMN OF ADORATION No. 660 O God Beyond All Praising
CORPORATE CONFESSION OF SIN AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Let us come to the Lord in his majesty and mercy, confessing our sins, trusting in his grace for forgiveness and his new life in us.
All: Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him, and we have not acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have conformed to the ways of the world, and we have failed to give honor Christ. Forgive us, we pray, and by your Spirit empower us to live as your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who rules over all things.
Leader: Let us continue to confess our sins privately...AMEN
If you are trusting in Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and acceptance with God, these are words of God’s good news of pardoning grace: Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands- remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility - Ephesians 2:11-14
All: Thanks be to God!
HYMN OF THE GOSPEL Thy Mercy, My GOd
INTERCESSORY PRAYER AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
SCRIPTURE READING 1 Peter 2:1-12
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation- 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone," 8 and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
SERMON Followers of Christ - Our Family
HYMN OF RESPONSE He Will Hold Me Fast