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PRELUDE –

“The Bridge” by Taylor Leonhardt

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 147:1-6

Praise the Lord!

For it is good to sing praises to our God;

    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted

    and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars;

    he gives to all of them their names.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;

    his understanding is beyond measure.

The Lord lifts up the humble;

    he casts the wicked to the ground.

In spite of the distress of life’s circumstances, 

We can still praise God knowing that he is the protection of his people.

Let’s stand and sing of the majesty of our sovereign God!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

CONFESSION OF SIN

God’s glory should always humble us and remind us that our fellowship with him is solely grounded upon his goodness and mercy. 

As we reflect on this week, let’s come together and corporately confess our sins before God and ask him to forgive us and restore us back in right relationship with himself. 

Pray this prayer with me aloud. 

(Everyone Read Aloud)

Father of mercies, we confess that we have sinned against you. By your Holy Spirit, come and work repentance into our hearts. Help us to see you as you are: with outstretched arms, a loving heart, and power to save. Help us to see Jesus, the friend of sinners, and to follow him more faithfully. As we have received him, so strengthen us to walk in him, depend on him, commune with him, and be conformed to him. Give us an experience of your grace that makes us bold for others, that we might joyfully tell our friends and neighbors of your saving mercy. 

Amen.

(Moment of Silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Jeremiah 31:34

To all who turn from their sin and trust in Christ by faith, 

The Lord declares over us:

And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 

‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, 

from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. 

For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

As we ourselves look to Christ for our salvation,

Let’s continue to sing and encourage one another 

to find our refuge in Jesus Christ alone.

SONG – 

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

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

(instruct the congregation to stand for the next song)

SONG –

What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 142  Instruct the Congregation to Stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

(congregation stands)

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
    with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
    I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me,
    you know my way!
In the path where I walk
    they have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see:
    there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
    no one cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
Attend to my cry,
    for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me!
Bring me out of prison,
    that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
    for you will deal bountifully with me.

SERMON – “When You’re In A Cave”

(congregation sits)

SONG –

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

We Will Feast in the House of Zion” by Joshua Moore and Sandra McCracken

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – 

“Waiting” by Antoine Bradford

PRELUDE –

“Shall Be Forever” by Colorvault

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-4

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

    Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

    and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Let’s stand and sing and give thanks to the Lord who does all things well!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

Holy, Holy, Holy” by John Bacchus Dykes and Reginald Heber

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isaiah 6:5

In light of the awesome and terrifying holiness of God, 

the prophet Isaiah cries out in Isaiah 6:5:

Woe is me! 

For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, 

and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; 

for my eyes have seen the King, 

the LORD of hosts!

As we reflect on the awesome holy splendor of our God,

let us also remember that we are an unclean people. 

Because of our sin, none of us are fit to stand before his presence, 

and all of us stand condemned.

Let’s take this moment now to pray in our hearts, asking God to be merciful to sinners like us and to once again cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.

(Moment of Silence)

SONG – 

Not in Me” by David L. Ward and Eric Shumacher

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Isaiah 6:6-7

The one of the seraphim flew to me,

Having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

And he touched my mouth and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips; 

your guilt is taken away, 

and your sin atoned for.”

While there is nothing we can do to wash the stain of sin away, 

Jesus Christ in his mercy promises cleansing and purity to those who repent and trust in him!

Because of what Christ has done on the cross, 

God’s people can now celebrate in his presence 

declaring his goodness and extolling the riches of his grace.

Let’s stand and sing together!

SONG – 

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

(instruct the congregation to stand for the next song)

SONG –

Only a Holy God” by Dustin Smith, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 106  Instruct the Congregation to Stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

(congregation stands)

Praise the Lord!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,

    or declare all his praise?

Blessed are they who observe justice,

    who do righteousness at all times!

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;

    help me when you save them,

that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,

    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,

    that I may glory with your inheritance.

Both we and our fathers have sinned;

    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.

Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,

    did not consider your wondrous works;

they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,

    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

    that he might make known his mighty power.

He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,

    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.

So he saved them from the hand of the foe

    and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.

And the waters covered their adversaries;

    not one of them was left.

Then they believed his words;

    they sang his praise.

But they soon forgot his works;

    they did not wait for his counsel.

But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,

    and put God to the test in the desert;

he gave them what they asked,

    but sent a wasting disease among them.

When men in the camp were jealous of Moses

    and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,

the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,

    and covered the company of Abiram.

Fire also broke out in their company;

    the flame burned up the wicked.

They made a calf in Horeb

    and worshiped a metal image.

They exchanged the glory of God

    for the image of an ox that eats grass.

They forgot God, their Savior,

    who had done great things in Egypt,

wondrous works in the land of Ham,

    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

Therefore he said he would destroy them—

    had not Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the breach before him,

    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

Then they despised the pleasant land,

    having no faith in his promise.

They murmured in their tents,

    and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them

    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,

and would make their offspring fall among the nations,

    scattering them among the lands.

Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,

    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;

they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,

    and a plague broke out among them.

Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,

    and the plague was stayed.

And that was counted to him as righteousness

    from generation to generation forever.

They angered him at the waters of Meribah,

    and it went ill with Moses on their account,

for they made his spirit bitter,

    and he spoke rashly with his lips.

They did not destroy the peoples,

    as the Lord commanded them,

but they mixed with the nations

    and learned to do as they did.

They served their idols,

    which became a snare to them.

They sacrificed their sons

    and their daughters to the demons;

they poured out innocent blood,

    the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

    and the land was polluted with blood.

Thus they became unclean by their acts,

    and played the whore in their deeds.

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,

    and he abhorred his heritage;

he gave them into the hand of the nations,

    so that those who hated them ruled over them.

Their enemies oppressed them,

    and they were brought into subjection under their power.

Many times he delivered them,

    but they were rebellious in their purposes

    and were brought low through their iniquity.

Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,

    when he heard their cry.

For their sake he remembered his covenant,

    and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

He caused them to be pitied

    by all those who held them captive.

Save us, O Lord our God,

    and gather us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

    and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

    from everlasting to everlasting!

And let all the people say, “Amen!”

    Praise the Lord!

SERMON – “The Song of God’s Salvation”

(congregation sits)

SONG –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

I Will Glory in My Redeemer” by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – 

“The Gospel is Rest” by Elias Drummer

PRELUDE – “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” by Jars of Clay

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Romans 15:5-7

May the God of endurance and encouragement

grant you to live in such harmony with one another,

in accord with Christ Jesus,

that together you may with one voice

glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore welcome one another

as Christ has welcomed you,

for the glory of God.

SONG –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

CONFESSION OF SIN – Ephesians 4:19-31

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,

but only such as is good for building up,

as fits the occasion,

that it may give grace to those who hear.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,

by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander

be put away from you,

along with all malice.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,

forgiving one another,

as God in Christ forgave you.

SONG –

His Mercy Is More” by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

PRAYER

EVERYONE:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

CHILDREN’S DISMISSAL

SONG –

Make Us One” by Twila Paris

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 133

A SONG OF ASCENTS. OF DAVID.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is

when brothers dwell in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,

running down on the beard,

on the beard of Aaron,

running down on the collar of his robes!

It is like the dew of Hermon,

which falls on the mountains of Zion!

For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,

life forevermore.

SERMON – “True Unity”

SONG –

Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

THE LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

SONG –

Oh How Good It Is” by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes, and Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION – 1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind,

sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Hineh Ma Tov” by James Wilson

PRELUDE –

“Cherry Blossoms” by Andy Squyres

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-4

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

    Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

    and all his work is done in faithfulness.

Let’s stand and praise our God for the Lord is upright and faithful!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

O Worship the King” by Chris Tomlin, Johann Michael Hayden, Robert Grant

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 14:1-3

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;

    there is none who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,

    to see if there are any who understand,

    who seek after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;

    there is none who does good,

    not even one.

God is worthy of all of our adoration and honor.

But often God’s people tend to act rather foolishly in this life. 

Rather than live our lives before his presence at all times and in all places, 

Often we tend to act as if God does not exist and his rules don’t really matter. 

Let’s take a moment of silence now to pray to the Lord 

and repent of the ways we have foolishly neglected his presence and rejected his rule.

(Moment of Silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ephesians 2:12-13

The apostle Paul assures the people of God in Ephesians 2:12-13 when he states:

(R)emember that you were at that time separated from Christ, 

alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, 

having no hope and without God in the world. 

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off 

have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

No matter how far we may be from the Lord this morning, the Lord promises to draw near to all who turn from their sin and trust in Christ for their salvation.

SONG – 

Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

(instruct the congregation to stand for the next song)

SONG –

Only a Holy God” by Dustin Smith, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson

SCRIPTURE READING – (Adda) Psalms 92 Instruct the Congregation to Stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.” 

(congregation stands)

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

    to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 

to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

    and your faithfulness by night,

to the music of the lute and the harp,

    to the melody of the lyre.

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O Lord!

    Your thoughts are very deep!

The stupid man cannot know;

    the fool cannot understand this:

that though the wicked sprout like grass

    and all evildoers flourish,

they are doomed to destruction forever;

    but you, O Lord, are on high forever.

For behold, your enemies, O Lord,

    for behold, your enemies shall perish;

    all evildoers shall be scattered.

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;

    you have poured over me fresh oil.

My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;

    my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree

    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

They are planted in the house of the Lord;

    they flourish in the courts of our God.

They still bear fruit in old age;

    they are ever full of sap and green,

to declare that the Lord is upright;

    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

SERMON – “Ever Full of Sap” (Nathan) 

(congregation sits)

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

How Great Thou Art” by Stuart K. Hine

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – 

“LEAD ME” by Young Oceans

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