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May 9, 2021 | 5.9.2021
Here is our order of worship liturgy for Sunday, May 9. We will livestream at 10:00am at City Pres.
Happy Mother’s Day! Today we honor all of the women who show forth the caregiving qualities of Christ through their love and sacrifice. This day is also to honor women who are longing for motherhood, waiting for God to expand their family, aching for the child they lost, missing a mother who died, or wrestling with complications in the foster or adoption process. We know there are many mothers with empty arms, and so today we mourn even as we celebrate.
SONG OF ADORATION
Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise
The Glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim
To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name
Jesus the name that charms our fears that bids our sorrows cease
Tis music in the sinner’s ears tis life and health and peace
He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me
Awake, ye dead arise! Christ shall give you light!
Cast your sins on Him, and He shall wash you white!
He speaks, and, listening to His voice, new life the dead receive
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.
Glory to God, and praise and love, be ever, ever given
By saints below and saints above, the church in earth and heaven
CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 95:6-7, 133
Leader: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
All: Come, let us all worship and bow down together, let us kneel together before the LORD, our maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
CONFESSION OF SIN
Leader: We are going to enter into a time of confession specifically regarding our indifference toward poverty. Join me in confessing our lack of generosity.
All: O God, whose nature it is to be generous: we confess to you our share of the guilt for a world of hungry families and homeless peoples. Forgive us for our self-centered living and spending; forgive those who blame you for their failures. Grant that this week some who have given nothing may start to give, and those who have given something may give more, that both our church and our nation may give due place to the cries of those who have nothing to eat and nowhere to live, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ephesians 2: 4-7
Leader: Hear the good news of the gospel: God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. In Christ, by God’s grace, we are saved. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! May the peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.
PASSING THE PEACE AND ANNOUCEMENTS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SONG OF PREPARATION & THE OFFERING
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Speak O Lord
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, ’til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
SERMON- Together In The Gospel
Rev. John Standridge
SONG OF RESPONSE
Oh How Good It Is
Oh how good it is
When the family of God
Dwells together in spirit
In faith and unity.
Where the bonds of peace,
Of acceptance and love
Are the fruit of His presence
Here among us.
So with one voice we'll sing to the Lord
And with one heart we'll live out His word
Till the whole earth sees
The Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.
Oh how good it is
On this journey we share
To rejoice with the happy
And weep with those who mourn.
For the weak find strength
The afflicted find grace
When we offer the blessing
Oh how good it is
To embrace His command
To prefer one another
Forgive as He forgives.
When we live as one
We all share in the love
Of the Son with the Father
And the Spirit.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Minister: Let us lift up our hearts to the Lord.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Minister: Therefore, let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
All: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!
Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.
SONG OF COMMUNION
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
SONG OF CELEBRATION
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
BENEDICTION – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Leader: May the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together— spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he will do it! Amen. Let us go forth to love and serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
People: Thanks be to God!