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PRELUDE – “Romans 4” by Streetlights

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Philippians 2:6-11

Though Christ Jesus was in the form of God,

he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but emptied himself,

by taking the form of a servant,

being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form,

he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him

and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Song –

Crown Him With Many Crowns” by Elvey, Thring, and Bridges

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), Chapter 11

Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies,

not by infusing righteousness into them,

but by pardoning their sins,

and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous;

not for anything wrought in them, or done by them,

but for Christ’s sake alone;

not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing,

or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness;

but by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole law,

and passive obedience in his death

for their whole and sole righteousness by faith,

which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.

Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness,

is the alone instrument of justification;

yet it is not alone in the person justified,

but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces,

and is no dead faith, but works by love.

God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justified,

and although they can never fall from the state of justification,

yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure;

and in that condition

they have not usually the light of his countenance restored unto them,

until they humble themselves,

confess their sins,

beg pardon,

and renew their faith and repentance.

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 John 1:8-9

If we say we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Song –

At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jonas Myrin, Matt Armstrong, and Matt Redman

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q36

What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

That he is God,

coeternal with the Father and the Son.

Song –

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 4:13-25

SERMON – “Written for Our Sake”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry

He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker

OFFERING

Song –

Lord I Need You” by Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Maher

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Hasta Acabar Mi Viaje” by Jesus Adrian Romero

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PRELUDE – “Trinity Song” by Sandra McCracken

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Ephesians 1:3, 13-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in Christ

with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

In him you also,

when you heard the word of truth,

the gospel of your salvation,

and believed in him,

were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

who is the guarantee of our inheritance

until we acquire possession of it,

to the praise of his glory.

Song –

Father We Adore You” by Terrye Coelho

CONFESSION OF SIN – Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.

Everything is uncovered and laid bare

before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 John 3:1

See what kind of love the Father has given to us,

that we should be called children of God;

and so we are.

Song –

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q35

Since we are redeemed by grace alone,

through faith alone,

where does this faith come from?

From the Holy Spirit.

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 4:13-22

SERMON – “Justification, the Law, and Promise”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Amazing Grace” by John Newton

To The Cross I Cling” by Isaac Wimberley, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker

OFFERING

Song –

Your Grace Is Enough” by Matt Maher

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Standing On the Promise (Medley)” by Selah

PRELUDE – “Grace Alone” by Dustin Kensrue

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,

a great king over all the earth.

He subdued peoples under us,

and nations under our feet.

He chose our heritage for us,

the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

God has gone up with a shout,

the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises!

Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

For God is the King of all the earth;

sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations;

God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples gather

as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted!

Song –

Come Thou Fount” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

CONFESSION OF SIN –

EVERYONE:

Almighty and merciful God we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life

to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 32:1-7

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly

offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;

surely in the rush of great waters,

they shall not reach him.

You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

PRAYER

Song –

Worthy” by Matt Redman

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q34

Since we are redeemed by grace alone,

through Christ alone,

must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

Yes,

so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God;

and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

Song –

Jesus I Come” by George Coles Stebbins and William True Sleeper

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 4:1-12

SERMON – “Circumcision and Justification”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Lead Me to the Cross” by Brooke Ligertwood

Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott and William Batchelder Bradbury

OFFERING

Song –

The Power of Cross” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Entitlement” by Beautiful Eulogy

Be advised: this upcoming Sunday the Chicago Marathon will be winding through our city, including a large part of the UIC Area (Taylor to Ashland to 18th Street west of Halsted).

In years past we used to have our service in the afternoon or evening, but the last couple years we have met at our normal time of 10:45 AM and it has worked just fine. Just plan ahead and leave early.

Walking or biking is best. If you have to drive you can get off on Roosevelt Road from the 90/94 exit.

Here is the website with more information.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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