Sunday, June 13, 2021
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‡The Call to Worship — (From Psalm 91, 95, 96 & 126)
Pastor: Those who dwell in the shelter of Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
People: I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Pastor: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
People: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Pastor: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
People: For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Pastor and People: Worship the Lord, for he has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!
‡The Hymn No. 2 - “O Worship the King”
O worship the King all glorious above, O gratefully sing his pow’r and his love;
Our shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
O tell of his might, O sing of his grace, whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunder clouds form, and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in you do we trust, nor find you to fail;?
Your mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
O measureless Might! Ineffable Love! While angels delight to hymn you above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays, with true adoration shall lisp to your praise.
‡The Prayer of Invocation
The Old Testament Reading
Psalm 124 --- Luke Uithoven
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let Israel now say—2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, 3 then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; 4 then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; 5 then over us would have gone the raging waters. 6 Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth! 7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
‡The Hymn – “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”
Come, behold the wondrous myst’ry, in the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come.
Look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.
Come, behold the wondrous myst’ry, He the perfect Son of Man.
In His living, in His suff’ring, never trace, nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam, come to save the hell-bound man.
Christ, the great and sure fulfillment of the law, in Him we stand.
Come, behold the wondrous mystery, Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption, see the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory; grace unmeasured, love untold.
Come, behold the wondrous myst’ry, slain by death, the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain Him. Praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance, how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when he comes.
CCLI Song #7026028 | © 2012 Bleecker Publishing (Admin. by Michael Bleecker) | CCLI License #2640266
The New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer
Hebrews 3:7-19 --- Trey O’Brien
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
‡Confession of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
‡The Hymn No. 246– “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”
Man of Sorrows! what a name for the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim: Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Guilty, vile, and helpless, we: spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be? Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Lifted up was He to die, “It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav'n exalted high: Hallelujah! what a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing: Hallelujah! what a Savior!
‡Offertory Prayer --- Luke Uithoven
Children dismissed for Little Worship at this time
(K4 – 1st Grade)
Reading of the Holy Scripture: Jude 1-4
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Sermon – “Contending for the Faith: Round 1” - Rev. Richard Owens
‡The Hymn - “What Love My God”
What love my God would bring You down to earth
What king would take a low and lonely birth
Yet to this dark and broken place You came
To sleep beneath the stars that You had made
What love my God would send the Way of Life
To walk the road rejected and despised
That You might know the weakness I possess
And be my rock of strength and righteousness
O Your love my God like a flood
As heaven opened up pouring out on us
O praise the King who came to the world
In His love like a mighty flood
What love my God could hold You to the tree
To bear that overwhelming debt for me
The Son of heaven leaves the Father's side
The Healer bleeds the Life was made to die (Chorus)
What love my God so gracious and extreme
Was strong enough to come and fight for me
To go through hell and down into the grave
And raise me up to see You face to face
You raise me up to see You face to face (Chorus)
CCLI Song # 7073335/Jonny Robinson | Michael Farren | Rich Thompson