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Sunday April 19th, The Parable of The Seed Growing

Order of Service for Worship at Home

April 19th, 2020

 

Moment of Silence - Pray silently, remember that you are in the presence of God and humble yourself before him.

 

Opening Reading: Psalm 34

Prayer of Praise

A suggested prayer of praise: Dear Heavenly Father, we come now to lift to you our praises and thanksgiving.  We would magnify your holy name.  There is none like you. You deserve our praise at all times and in all places.  For you are eternal and you are infinite.  You are great, you are majestic, and you are beautiful. For this we praise you. We prayed to you in our fears and you delivered us from them all.  You have been good and faithful to us.  For this we praise you. All our hope is in you.  You make our faces radiant.  Keep us as we worship you now.  Help us to honor you in our hearts, with our minds and with our words. In the name of Our Lord and Savior who died and rose for us, Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Song 1: Wondrous King All Glorious

 

Wondrous King, all glorious, Sovereign Lord victorious,

O, receive our praise with favor!

From thee welled God's kindness, Though we in our blindness

Strayed from thee, our blessed Saviour.

Strengthen thou, Help us now;

Let our tongues be singing,

Thee our praises bringing.

 

Heavens, spread the story, Of our Maker's glory,

All the pomp of earth obscuring.

Sun, thy rays be sending, Thy bright beams expending,

Light to all the earth assuring.

Moon and star, Praise afar

Him who glorious made you;

The vast heavens aid you.

 

O my soul, rejoicing, Sing, thy praises voicing,

Sing, with hymns of faith adore him!

All who here have being, Shout, your voices freeing,

Bow down in the dust before him.

He is God, Sabaoth;

Praise alone the Saviour,

Here and there for ever.

 

Hallelujahs render, To the Lord most tender,

Ye who know and love the Saviour.

Hallelujahs sing ye, Ye redeemed, O, bring ye

Hearts that yield him glad behavior.

Blest are ye, Endlessly;

Sinless there for ever,

Ye shall laud him ever.

 

Reading: Romans 1:24-32  (read in preparation for confession)

Prayer of Confession

A suggested prayer of confession: Holy God, We recognize that you made us to worship you and to reflect your image as male and female.  We followed our first parents in sin and only through Christ are we reconciled to you and made your children.  Although we know you, we confess our ongoing struggle with remaining sin which still needs to be put to death.  Forgive us for our failures to give you praise and thanks.  Forgive us for our tendency to put our hope in earthly things and to worship what you have created instead of you who made us and all things. Forgive us for our impure thoughts and actions and for seeking pleasure in what you have wisely forbidden.  Give us hearts that delight in you and are eager to obey and honor you with our bodies. Forgive us for coveting what is not ours, for envying your blessing upon others, for speaking evil of our neighbor, of finding our comfort and purpose in having more and more trinkets of this world.  Oh God, forgive us and cleanse us now. Renew our hearts to seek your glory alone. For we pray in Jesus name, Amen. 

 

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 1:16-17 (remember that the gospel is true and that God loves to save sinners)

In the gospel we have the assurance that by faith the righteousness of God in Christ is credited to our account and thus we stand before Him justified and adopted as His own. Let us never doubt but hold fast to that truth until He comes or calls us home.   

 

Song 2: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

 

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 

there is no shadow of turning with thee; 

thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 

as thou hast been thou forever wilt be. 

 

Great is thy faithfulness! 

Great is thy faithfulness! 

Morning by morning new mercies I see:

all I have needed thy hand hath provided -

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,

join with all nature in manifold witness 

to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 

thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]

 

Song 3: I Need Thee Every Hour

 

I need thee ev'ry hour, most gracious Lord;

no tender voice like thine, can peace afford. 

 

Refrain:

I need thee, O I need thee, ev'ry hour I need thee;

O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

 

I need thee ev'ry hour; stay thou near by;

temptations lose their pow’r when thou art nigh. [Refrain]

 

I need thee ev'ry hour, in joy or pain;

come quickly, and abide, or life is vain. [Refrain]

 

I need thee ev'ry hour; teach me thy will,

and thy rich promises, in me fulfil. [Refrain]

 

I need thee ev'ry hour, Most Holy One;

O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. [Refrain]

 

Song 4: Jesus Thank You

 

The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend

The agonies of Calvary

You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son

Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me

 

Refrain:

Your blood has washed away my sin

Jesus, thank You

The Father's wrath completely satisfied

Jesus, thank You

Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table

Jesus, thank You

 

By Your perfect sacrifice I've been brought near

Your enemy You've made Your friend

Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace

Your mercy and Your kindness know no end [Refrain]

 

Lover of my soul

I want to live for You x3

[Refrain]

 

 

Prayer of Supplication

  • Some suggestions for a prayer of supplication
    • Ask God to help us be humble and patient with his providence
    • Ask Him to bless the work of evangelism and missions around the world
    • Ask Him to have special mercy on those who are in healthcare work
    • Ask him to make his church teachable and grateful

 

Video Devotional (or read Mark 4:26-29)

 

Prayer of Response (ask God to sanctify us and make us doers of his word)

 

Song 5: God Moves In A Mysterious Way

 

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm

Deep in His dark and hidden mines

With never-failing skill

He fashions all His bright designs

And works His sovereign will

 

So God we trust in You

O God we trust in You

 

O fearful saints new courage take

The clouds that you now dread

Are big with mercy and will break

In blessings on your head

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense

But trust Him for His grace

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face

 

So God we trust in You

O God we trust in You

When tears are great

And comforts few

We hope in mercies ever new

We trust in You

 

God's purposes will ripen fast

Unfolding every hour

The bud may have a bitter taste

But sweet will be the flower

Blind unbelief is sure to err

And scan His work in vain

God is His own interpreter

And He will make it plain

 

So God we trust in You

O God we trust in You

When tears are great

And comforts few

We hope in mercies ever new

We trust in You

  

Closing Prayer

 

Doxology

 

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

Amen 

    

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