October 4, 2015 11:00AM Worship

October 4 – AM Order of Worship

Series: The Gospel of Exodus
Themes: The Promises of God to be with His people and make them His people.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Greet One Another

[The LORD is our redeemer, merciful and gracious. He acts like a compassion-filled father towards us. We respond to Him in worship because of His great acts of love and care for our lives.]
Call to Worship – Psalm 103
Pastor: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Congregation: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
Pastor: who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Congregation: The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
Pastor: He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
Congregation: He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
Pastor: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Congregation: As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
Pastor: As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
Congregation: But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
Pastor: The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Congregation: Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
All: Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Prayer of Adoration and Invocation

[We bless and worship our God for His amazing love towards us. We honor and adore Him and wait upon Him this morning in our worship. We pray, as we sing that whether our lives are filled with good or ill, we’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless Him still.]
Hymn of Adoration – #660 O God, Beyond All Praising
O God beyond all praising, We worship you today
And sing the love amazing That songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder At every gift you send,
At blessings without number And mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you And wait upon your word
We honor and adore you, Our great and mighty Lord

Then hear, O gracious Savior, Accept the love we bring,
That we who know your favor May serve you as our King:
And whether our tomorrows Be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows And rise to bless you still:
To marvel at your beauty And glory in your ways
And make a joyful duty Our sacrifice of praise.

[The LORD brought the Israelites into His family. In doing so, He calls them and us to not be deceived and practice unrighteousness. As we abide in Him, so He abides in us and we become to be more like Him.]
Scripture Reading – 1 John 3:1-10
1   See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
4   Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Prayer of Confession

[Out of love for us, God gave of His only Son that we might live through Him; that He might be the propitiation for our sins. Through this, we are able to know the greatest love there is.]
Assurance of Pardon – 1 John 4:7-10
7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

[We sing now of this adopting, redeeming love that the Father has given to us in Christ. For Jesus, ransomed us and brought us to the Father upon the mount of crucifixion.]
Song of Thanksgiving – Here Is Love
Here is love vast as the ocean Loving-kindness as the flood
When the Prince of Life our Ransom Shed for us His precious blood

Who His love will not remember Who can cease to sing His praise
He can never be forgotten Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy Flowed a vast and gracious tide

Grace and love like mighty rivers Poured incessant from above
Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice Kissed a guilty world in love

[Who are we that we would be objects of this amazing affection? It’s nothing because of us or who we are, it’s because of Christ’s amazing love. His love is the object of our worship and wonder. For there is no end to its height, width, depth, length, sweetness, and strength. He has lavish upon us, so let us lavish upon Him!]
Song of Thanksgiving – How High and How Wide
No eye has seen And no ear has heard And no mind has ever conceived
The glorious things That You have prepared for ev’ryone
Who has believed You brought us near And You called us Your own
And made us joint heirs With Your Son

How high and how wide How deep and how long
How sweet and how strong Is Your love
How lavish Your grace How faithful Your ways How great is Your love O Lord

Objects of mercy Who should have known wrath
We’re filled with unspeakable joy Riches of wisdom unsearchable wealth
And the wonder of knowing Your voice You are our treasure
And our great reward Our hope and our glorious King

Prayer of Intercession

[The LORD will be with us and provide for us as we give of our tithes and offerings to the storehouse.]
Tithes and Offerings – Malachi 3:10
10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Offertory – Sing and Rejoice [Jubilee Choir]

Sermon – Exodus 5:22-7:7

[God’s promises to Moses, extend to us in Christ. He has given us His Word in order to provide for us a Firm Foundation within our lives. His promises are sure and fast as we go through troubles within this world. We need not fear, for His grace is sufficient and shall be our supply. May we rest upon Jesus and His grace rather than the things of this world that threaten us.]
Hymn of Response – #94 How Firm a Foundation
How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He has said,
To you, who for refuge, to Jesus have fled?

Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
For I am you God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials your pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply;
The flame shall not hurt you; I only design
Your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

[The LORD has promised to be with His people during hardship and trial. He will be the true source of love, eternal comfort, and good hope through grace.]
Benediction – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Postlude