PRELUDE – “At the Cross” by Chris Tomlin

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Daniel 7:9-10

“As I looked, thrones were placed,

and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool;

his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.

A stream of fire issued and came out from before him;

a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

 

Song –

 “No One Higher” by Heath Balltzglier, Seth Condrey, and Steve Fee

 

CONFESSION OF SIN – Matt. 2:16-18

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud lamentation,

Rachel weeping for her children;

she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

 Jan. 22. 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states. Since then churches across the states have set aside the third Sunday of the month as a day to commemorate the unborn lives lost due to this edict, and celebrate the Lord’s good gift of human life with the intent to preserve and protect all humanity through all stages of life.

In light of this, let us take some time to pray to our God, repenting for the sins of this nation and our implicit selfishness which turns our eyes away from those who need us most.

[silent space to engage with God…]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON  –

Here the prophetic words of comfort from Jeremiah 31:16-20

Thus says the Lord:

“Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears,

for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord,

and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

There is hope for your future, declares the Lord,

and your children shall come back to their own country.

I have heard Ephraim grieving,

‘You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf;

bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God.

For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh;

I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child?

For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still.

Therefore my heart yearns for him;

I will surely have mercy on him,

declares the Lord.

Songs –

Have Mercy on Me” by Dale Bischof and Pat Sczebel

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

Confessional Reading —New Hampshire Confession

Read with me the last paragraph of our New Hampshire Confession of Faith

(Read Together)

XVIII. Of the World to Come.

[We believe] That the end of this world is approaching:

that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven,

and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution;

 that a solemn separation will then take place;

that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment,

and the righteous to endless joy;

and that the judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven and hell,

on principles of righteousness.

 

PRAYER Please be seated

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL  – Psalm 1:1

(Kids Corner is available for children through 1st grade)

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers…

 

SCRIPTURE READING – Nahum 1:1-15

(please stand and respond with “Thanks be to God!”)

SERMON – “The Good News of God’s Judgment”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry

Man of Sorrows” by Brooke Ligertwood, Matt Crocker

 

OFFERING

Song –

Take My Life and Let It Be” by Frances Ridley Havergal and Henri Abraham Cesar Malan

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Way Maker” by Leeland