PRELUDE –
“Lion/Lamb” by Joshua Leventhal

CALL TO WORSHIP – Exodus 15:21

After the crossing of the Red Sea, the Lord inspired Miriam to call his people to worship declaring in Exodus 15:21:

“Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
The horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
Let’s stand and sing, for our God has triumphed gloriously!

(congregation stands)

SONG –
“Worthy Worthy” by Jacob Sooter and Mia Fieldes

CONFESSION OF SIN – 2 Corinthians 7:1

In our passage today, Joshua commands the people to consecrate themselves for the LORD is going to do wonders among his people. Although we are in a different time and place, God’s people still have times when they need to consecrate or separate themselves from the sins of this world in order to enjoy a right relationship with him.

Paul says in 2 Cor. 7:1, “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”

This is why every Sunday we have a portion of our time dedicated to confessing our sins to the Lord.

Let’s take a moment to confess our sin to the Lord and consecrate ourselves to his purpose once again this morning.

(moment of silence)

SONG –
“Create in Me a Clean Heart” by Keith Green

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.


Let’s continue to sing for the Lord is still working wonders among his people today!

SONG –
“His Mercy Is More” by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

PRAYER
(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL
0-5 Years Old Dismissal
(congregation stands)


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostles’ Creed

Before we look at our sermon text for today, let’s take a moment to confess our belief in God and his miraculous work in history using the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

We believe in God
the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell and on the third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING – Joshua 3:1-17

Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan. Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

Reader: “This is the Word of the Lord.”

Congregation: “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON – “The Living God”
(congregation sits)


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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING
(congregation stands)

SONG –
“Christ Is Mine Forevermore” by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS


POSTLUDE –
“Oh But God” by Davie Flowers

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