PRELUDE – “To the One” by Harvest Bashta

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

To all who are weary and in need of rest;

to all who mourn and long for comfort;

to all who feel lost and worthless and wonder if God even cares;

to all who fall and desire victory;

to all who sin and need a Savior;

to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness;

And to whoever else will come,

This church opens wide her doors

and offers welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ:

the friend of sinners,

the lover of his enemies,

the defender of the weak, and

the justifier of those who have no excuses left!

Song –

Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Obediah Chisholm and William Marion Runyan

LAMENTATION OVER SIN – Lamentations 3:1-20

I am the man who has seen affliction

under the rod of his wrath;

he has driven and brought me

into darkness without any light;

surely against me he turns his hand

again and again the whole day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;

he has broken my bones;

he has besieged and enveloped me

with bitterness and tribulation;

he has made me dwell in darkness

like the dead of long ago.

He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;

he has made my chains heavy;

though I call and cry for help,

he shuts out my prayer;

he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;

he has made my paths crooked.

He is a bear lying in wait for me,

a lion in hiding;

he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;

he has made me desolate;

he bent his bow and set me

as a target for his arrow.

He drove into my kidneys

the arrows of his quiver;

I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,

the object of their taunts all day long.

He has filled me with bitterness;

he has sated me with wormwood.

He has made my teeth grind on gravel,

and made me cower in ashes;

my soul is bereft of peace;

I have forgotten what happiness is;

so I say, “My endurance has perished;

so has my hope from the Lord.”

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,

the wormwood and the gall!

My soul continually remembers it

and is bowed down within me.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Lamentations 3:21-24

But this I call to mind,

and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

Song –

When I Think About the Lord” by James Huey

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Joel 1:1-20

SERMON

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

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

This Is Amazing Grace” by Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, and Phil Wickham

OFFERING

Song –

Be Thou My Vision” by Eleanor Henrietta Hull and Mary Elizabeth Byrne

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

TESTIMONY

POSTLUDE – “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by The Sing Team