PRELUDE –

“You Hold It All Together” by All Sons and Daughters

CALL TO WORSHIP – (Psalm 98:7-9) (Arthur)

The Psalmist commands all creation in Psalm 98:7-9 saying

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,

    the world, and all who live in it.

Let the rivers clap their hands,

    let the mountains sing together for joy;

let them sing before the Lord,

    for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

    and the peoples with equity.

Let’s celebrate the King who comes in righteousness and justice!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

All Praise to Him” by Bob Kauflin and Matt Merker

CONFESSION OF SIN

Although the Lord truly is a King of righteousness and justice, he is also a God of immense mercy and forgiveness. If you today are feeling the weight and guilt of shame, the Lord today is inviting you to find your refuge from judgment in him. As a church, let’s pray this prayer out loud, asking God to once again forgive us of our sin and restore sinners like us into right relationship with himself. Pray with me out loud. 

(Everyone Read Aloud)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

(Moment of Silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – (Luke 5:20)

To all who repent of their sins and seek refuge in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on their behalf, the Lord himself declares, 

“Your sins are forgiven.”

Let’s continue to praise the Lord for his marvelous salvation.

SONG –

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

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

(instruct the congregation to stand for the next song)

SONG – 

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 16 Instruct the Congregation to Stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

(congregation stands)

A Miktam of David.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,

    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;

    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

    you hold my lot.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

    in the night also my heart instructs me.

I have set the Lord always before me;

    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;

    my flesh also dwells secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,

    or let your holy one see corruption.

You make known to me the path of life;

    in your presence there is fullness of joy;

    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

SERMON – “Praise and Preservation”

(congregation sits)

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” by Louisa M. R. Stead and William James Kirkpatrick

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – 

“Omnipotent” by Beautiful Eulogy