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Easter Sunday, April 11, 2021

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‡The Call to Worship (From Amos 1, Psalm 79, and Psalm 100)
Pastor:  The Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.
People: Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die! 

Pastor: Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
People: Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! 

Pastor:  We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.          
People: Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! 

Pastor and People:  Give thanks to Him; for the Lord is good and His 
steadfast love endures forever!

‡The Hymn – “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” (RUF)
O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red,
Life that shall endless be.

©1997 Christopher Miner Music. | CCLI License #3251580

‡The Prayer of Invocation

Introduction of New Members: Mabry Dye | Chris, Hannah & Dylan Branson

The Old Testament Reading
Jeremiah 31:1-9; Deuteronomy 7:6-9 --- Luke Uithoven
 “At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.” Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again, you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and shall enjoy the fruit. For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill country of Ephraim: ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’” For thus says the Lord: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

‡The Hymn - “His Mercy Is More”
What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father so tender is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment; His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

CCLI Song # 7065053 |Matt Boswell | Matt Papa | © 2016 Getty Music Hymns and Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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The New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 --- Josh Reagan  
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

‡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.   

*Universal, world-wide.

‡The Hymn No. 261 – “What Wondrous Love is This”
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse
For my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb,
Who is the Great I Am, while millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing!

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on: and when from death I'm free,
I'll sing and joyful be, and through eternity
I'll sing on, I'll sing on, and through eternity I'll sing on!

Offertory Prayer………………….………..……..…..Luke Uithoven

Children dismissed for Little Worship at this time
(K4 – 1st Grade)

Reading of the Holy Scripture: Malachi 1:1-5
The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.  2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob's brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’” Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!”

The Sermon – “Lost in the Middle: First Things, First” - Rev. Richard Owens

‡The Hymn No. 184 – “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
The King of love my shepherd is, whose goods faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His and He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill with Thee, dear Lord beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.   

And so through all the length of days Thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise within Thy house forever.

‡Congregation standing