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PRELUDE – “It’s Not Enough” by Dustin Kensrue

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 5:11-12

Hear this call to worship from Psalm 5:11-12

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield.

SONG –

Glory in the Highest” by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carlson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, and Matt Redman

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 51

Let’s read this confession of sin together from Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.

 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 32:1-2

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.

SONGS – 

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

How Can I Keep From Singing?” by Chris Tomlin

PRAYER Be Seated

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 John 5:13-17  Please Stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

SERMON (Nathan)

SONG –

Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook

LORD’S TABLE

SONG— 

It Is Finished” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “The Cost” by Rend Collective

PRELUDE – “Carried to the Table” by Leeland

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – 

Here these words from Isaiah 46:8-10

“Remember this and stand firm,
    recall it to mind, you transgressors,
    remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Let’s stand and worship the unchanging God.

SONG –

Unchanging” by Chris Tomlin

CONFESSION OF SIN – Matt. 3:10-12

In Matt. 3:10-12, John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus proclaiming:

   The ax is already at the root of the trees, 

and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down

 and thrown into the fire.

 I baptize you with water for repentance. 

But after me comes one who is more powerful than I,

 whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. 

He will baptize you withthe Holy Spirit and fire.  

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, 

gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

In light of the coming kingdom of Christ, let’s take a moment to reflect upon our sins and repent of the many ways we fall short of his righteousness.

[Moment of Silence]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Matt 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

But John tried to deter him, saying, 

“I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now;

 it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” 

Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. 

At that moment heaven was opened, 

and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 

 And a voice from heaven said,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, sinners like us can receive his perfect righteousness and his inheritance of Sonship. 

Let’s stand and worship our savior together. 

SONGS – 

Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry

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

PRAYER  Please be seated

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 John 5:6-12 Please stand and respond with “This is the word of the Lord.” 

SERMON (Timothy Easterday) “The Superior Testimony of God”

SONG –

There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood” by William Cowper

LORD’S TABLE (Theo) – 

SONG— 

Jesus Messiah” by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

BENEDICTION (Jeremiah)

ANNOUNCEMENTS (Jeremiah)

POSTLUDE – “No Longer Slaves” by Josh Garrels

PRELUDE – “Carried to the Table” by Leeland

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Rev. 5:11-13

“Hear this call to worship from Rev. 5:11-13”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

SONG –

Holy Is the Lord” by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

CONFESSION OF SIN – Read Out Loud Together

Father in heaven, we thank you for the freedom you have given us

 through the life, death and resurrection of your Son. 

But we confess today that we often live like slaves. 

Instead of living like you delight in us, we avoid you in shame and guilt.

 Instead of receiving your favor as a gift, we try to earn it with our efforts.

 Instead of accepting your freedom, we prefer our chains.

 Instead of pursuing your purposes, we cling to our short-sighted agendas. 

Forgive us. Embrace us. Cleanse us. Heal us. 

We ask this in Jesus name. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 

“Hear this assurance of pardon from Matt. 11:28-30”

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart, 

and you will find rest for your souls. 

 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

SONGS – 

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

PRAYER Be Seated

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 John 5:1-5 Respond with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “The Order of Salvation, Obedience, and Overcoming”

SONG –

Give Us One Pure and Holy Passion”by Mark Altrogge

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “No Longer Slaves” by Josh Garrels

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