Sunday, September 13, 2020
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The Greetings and Announcements
‡The Call to Worship — (From Psalm 118)
Pastor: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
People: Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Pastor: Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.
People: The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Pastor: This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
People: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Pastor and People: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
‡The Prayer of Adoration and Invocation
‡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
The Sacrament of Baptism --- Amie Nason Blocker
Daughter of Tyler and Gray Blocker
Prayer --- Trey O’Brien
The Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 51:12-16; Proverbs 29:25 --- Rob Joiner
“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies,
of the son of man who is made like grass, 13 and have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the wrath of the oppressor? 14 He who is bowed down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to the pit, neither shall his bread be lacking. 15 I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the Lord of hosts is his name. 16 And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
The New Testament Reading and Congregational Prayer
Acts 11:1-10 --- Josh Reagan
Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, 3 “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 But Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
‡Confession of Faith: (Heidelberg Catechism #60)
Pastor: How are you righteous before God?
Congregation: Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Although my conscience accuses me that I have grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, have never kept any of them, and I am still inclined to all evil, yet God, without any merit of my own, out of mere grace, imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ. He grants these to me as if I had never had nor committed any sin, and as if I myself had accomplished all the obedience which Christ has rendered for me, if only I accept this gift with a believing heart.
‡The Hymn No. 307 – “Nothing but the Blood”
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing this I see- nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my pardon this my plea- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Chorus)
Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Chorus)
This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Chorus)
Now by this I’ll overcome- nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll overcome- nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Chorus)
‡Offertory Prayer --- Rob Joiner
Children dismissed for Little Worship at this time
Reading of the Holy Scripture: Galatians 2:11-16
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” 15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
The Sermon – “The Truth of the Gospel” - Rev. Richard Owens
‡The Hymn – “Lamb of God”
O Lamb of God, all worlds obeyed Your will
From dark and void their being came
O Lamb of God, Your glories echo still
Creation sings its Maker’s praise
Eternal God, One with the Father
Before all time You dwelt in love
Eternal God, unlike all others
Yet You descended unto us
O Lamb of God, in filthy manger lay
In humble dress You entered earth
O Lamb of God, Creator bows to save
The needy ones, helpless from birth
Incarnate Word, gift of the Father
To take our place and bear our sin
Incarnate Word led to the slaughter
You conquered death and rose again
O Lamb of God now reigning on the throne
The Judge of all, faithful and true
O Lamb of God, You’ll make Your power known
When all Your foes receive their due
Victorious King, when history’s fading
You’ll call Your Bride to take her place
Victorious King, Creation’s waiting
For Your redeemed to see Your face
Music and words by Jason Hansen, Bob Kauflin, and
David LaChance, Jr. © 2015 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).