October 18, 2015 Worship


Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
Greet One Another

[We are called this morning to praise our great LORD who is above all gods and is the creator of the heavens and earth. He struck down the firstborn of Egypt, sent signs and wonders, and led the Israelites into their land. The LORD’s name and compassion for His people endures forever, even in the midst of their idols. We are called out of our idols to praising the LORD and blessing His name.]
Call to Worship – Psalm 135:1-10, 12-19a, 20b-21
Pastor: Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD, who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!
Congregation: Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
Pastor: For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.
Congregation: For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
Pastor: Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
Congregation: He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
Pastor: He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast; who in your midst, O Egypt, sent signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants; who struck down many nations and killed mighty kings, and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel.
Congregation: Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages. For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.
Pastor: The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. O house of Israel, bless the LORD!
Congregation: You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
All: Blessed be the LORD from Zion, he who dwells in Jerusalem! Praise the LORD!

[We continue to praise the LORD who is the King of Heaven. We bring our tribute and give thanks that in Him we are ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven. He has rescued us from all our foes. Angels help us now to worship Him. We together sing Alleluia to our God of grace.]
Hymn of Adoration – #76 Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven; To His feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who, like me, his praise should sing?
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same forever, Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious in His faithfulness.

Fatherlike He tends and spares us; Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely as his mercy goes.

Angels, help us to adore Him; You behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him, Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

[Jesus is our Passover lamb. He took upon Himself the death that we deserved. He the firstborn, sacrificed Himself on our behalf and not there is no more need of the shedding of blood. We look to Him as our perfection now and forever more.]
Assurance of Pardon – Hebrews 10:11-14
11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

[Using the words of this rich, Gospel enthronement hymn, we give praise to Jesus as the One who was despised on our behalf. He bore the agony of our sin and shame and by His merits we find favor. He now is enthroned in glory interceding on our behalf. We give back to Him all worship, honor, blessing, and praise He is worthy to receive.]
Hymn of Thanksgiving – Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus
Sung to the tune of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus! Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou agonizing Savior, bearer of our sin and shame!
By Thy merits we find favor; life is given through Thy Name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, all our sins on Thee were laid;
By almighty love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made.
All thy people are forgiven through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of Heaven, peace is made ‘twixt man and God.

Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory, there forever to abide;
All the heav’nly hosts adore Thee, seated at Thy Father’s side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading; there Thou dost our place prepare;
Ever for us interceding till in glory we appear.

Worship, honor, pow’r and blessing thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing, meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits, bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing our Savior’s merits, help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!

[We continue to give thanks to Jesus, our Passover Lamb using this simple refrain, but filled with much beauty and meaning. He alone is holy. He alone is worthy. We join the whole hosts of heaven singing Alleluias to Him.]
Song of Thanksgiving – Agnus Dei

Prayer of Intercession

[Jesus, having given all that He had, became poor that we might become rich. We now are able to give freely back to Him what He’s freely given to us.]
Tithes and Offerings – 2 Corinthians 8:9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Offertory – Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Sung by the Sanctuary Choir

Sermon – Exodus 11:1-12:33

[As we prepare to receive the Sacrament, we sing and gaze upon Jesus Christ, the Lamb that was slain for us. We look to Him as the Bread of Life and the One who drained death’s cup that we may enter into new life with the Father.]
Song of Preparation – Behold the Lamb (vs.1-3)

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

The Bread

The Cup

[Having received from the LORD, now we rise to respond and remember God’s goodness and love towards us in Christ. We look forward to joining Jesus in the feast of heaven around the table of the King.]
Song of Thanksgiving – Behold the Lamb (vs. 4)

[It was Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, who gave of His blood as a sheep in order to equip us with everything to do his will and be pleasing in His sight. We look to Him and give Him glory for ever and ever.]
Benediction – Hebrews 13:20-21
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Postlude