Sunday March 29th, The Lamp and The Measure
Order of Service for Worship at Home
March 29th, 2020
Moment of Silence - Pray silently, remember that you are in the presence of God and humble yourself before him.
Opening Reading: Psalm 91
Prayer of Praise
A suggested prayer of praise: Dear Father in heaven, we come into your presence to praise You for being our refuge and fortress. You are our shelter. You cover us with your shadow. You deliver us from danger and sickness. We abide in You. We trust you to protect us. You rule over every danger, every plague that might threaten us. For this we praise You. We love you. We call to You to keep us, to hear our praise, to be glorified in our worship today. This we pray in the name of Your Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Song 1: This is My Father’s World, #111 (lyrics and song resources below)
Reading: Mark 12:28-34 (read in preparation for confession)
Prayer of Confession
A suggested prayer of confession: Holy Father, as we read your word, we recognize our failures and confess our sins to you. We have not loved You as we should—with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength. We have loved the world too much. We have loved our things, our money, our distractions, our comforts more than You. O Lord, forgive us. We confess that we have loved ourselves much more than we have loved others. We have put ourselves first over our families, our parents, our children, our brothers and sisters and our neighbors. We ask your forgiveness, O Father. Help us to love You more, to love others more. Cleanse us from these and all our sins for we pray in Jesus name, Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: Mark 10:45 (remember that the gospel is true and that God loves to save sinners)
So great was our need that Jesus came to give His life a ransom for all who call upon Him in faith. Give thanks to God for His great mercy and forgiveness secured for us by the offering of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Song 2: The Solid Rock (lyrics and song resources below)
Song 3: Rock of Ages (lyrics and song resources below)
Prayer of Supplication
- Some suggestions for a prayer of supplication
- Ask God to have mercy on us and help us to worship
- Ask Him to deliver those around the world who are suffering
- Ask Him to use this trial to save souls
- Ask him to make us better students of his word, and to love him more
Video Devotional (or read Mark 4:21-25)
Prayer of Response (ask God to sanctify us and make us doers of his word)
Song 4: Our Great God (lyrics and song resources below)
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost
*** Giving: Remember that, even though we aren’t meeting and can’t take up an offering, we’ve still covenanted together to give of our financial resources to the work of the Grace Church here in Roanoke and around the world. You can give online here.
Song 1: This is My Father’s World, #111
Video with lyrics: https://youtu.be/P_rtDu2vpaY
This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings, the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas— His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father's world: the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father's world: O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world: Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring! God reigns; let earth be glad!
Song 2: The Solid Rock
Video with lyrics: https://youtu.be/WWxOS_ufS5Y
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
in ev'ry high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. Refrain]
When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
Song 3: Rock of Ages
Video with lyrics: https://youtu.be/XnZRRt5EMr0
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood, from thy riven side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and pow'r.
Not the labors of my hands, can fulfil thy law's demands;
could my zeal no respite know, could my tears for ever flow,
all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the Fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyelids close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.
Song 4: Our Great God
Sheet music: https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0050778
Video with lyrics: https://youtu.be/xJxK7xWTqYg
Eternal God unchanging, mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love unfailing in grace and mercy shown
Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight around Your glorious throne
They raise their voices day and night in praise to You alone
Hallelujah glory be to our great God
Hallelujah glory be to our great God
Lord we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm
Surround us with Your angels, hold us in Your arms
Our cold and ruthless enemy His pleasure is our harm
Rise up O Lord and he will flee before our sov'reign God [Refrain]
Let ev'ry creatire in the sea and ev'ry flying bird
Let ev'ry mountain, ev'ry field and valley of the earth
Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God
Who rules them by His Word [Refrain]