Morning Worship Service
Sunday, March 3, 2024

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‡Introit – “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.

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.

Lover of my soul, I want to live for You.

Music and words by Pat Sczebel © 2003 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. CCLI #4475341

‡Call to Worship — (From Psalm 100)
Pastor:  Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 
People:  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Pastor:  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
People:  Give thanks to him and praise his name.

Pastor and People: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

‡Hymn – “Behold Him”
He who was before there was light, walked across the pages of time.
He who made every living thing, Behold Him.
He who heard humanity's cry, left His throne to wake as a child.
He became like the least of us. Behold Him.

Jesus, Son of God, Messiah, the Lamb, the roaring Lion. Oh, be still and behold Him.

He who dined with sinners and saints, healed the blind, the lost and the lame,
Even now He is in our midst. Behold Him.
He who chose a criminal's end, paid with blood to settle our debt,
Buried death as He rose to life. Behold Him.

Jesus, Son of God Messiah, the Lamb, the roaring Lion. Oh, be still and behold Him.
Jesus, Alpha and Omega, Our God the risen Savior. Oh, be still and behold Him.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. Worthy, worthy, worthy to receive all praise.

CCLI Song # 7133698 | Mitch Wong | Paul Baloche |CCLI License # 2640266

‡Prayer of Invocation

Old Testament Reading
Psalm 95:1-8 --- McLeod Meek
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.  Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness.

‡Hymn No. 648 – “My Jesus, I Love Thee”
My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death;
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say, when the death dew lies cold on my brow:
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow:
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer
Mark 6:17-27 --- Mischa McCray
17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.  21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison.

Offertory Prayer

‡Hymn – “All Things New Again”
For behold, he will create a new heavens and new earth
He will drive away our sorrow and our pain
And this momentary grief, though heavy as it seems
Will be crushed by glory’s great eternal weight

He will make all things new again; He will keep all his promises
He will love all who come to him; He will make all things new again

For behold, the sun will rise over wastelands dead and dry
In its place shall spring a river full of life
Every wrong will be undone, every thirsty soul shall come
And drink from living water without price  (CHORUS)

For behold, the holy mountain where the wolf and lamb shall graze
Where we lay our heads and finally find our home
Where the songs we sang in shadows will be sung to God’s own face
Where his smile will be the thing we treasure most (CHORUS)

©2021 Joe Deegan. Words and Music by Joe Deegan

Children’s Moment

20. Do you have a soul as well as a body?
Yes.And my soul is going to last forever.

21. How do you know your soul will last forever?
Because the Bible tells me so.

Children dismissed for Little Worship at this time
(K4 – K5)

Reading of the Holy Scripture:  Luke 23:1-12
Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”  When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

Sermon: “Luke Part 93:  A Cautionary Tale ” - Rev. Richard Owens

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

‡The Hymn No. 672 – “Trust and Obey”
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will,
He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay; not a grief nor a loss,
Not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. (REFRAIN)

But we never can prove the delights of his love
Until all on the altar we lay, for the favor he shows, and the joy he bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey (REFRAIN)

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; what He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go, never fear, only trust and obey. (REFRAIN)

‡Congregation standing