PRELUDE –

Valleys” by Cortez

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 148:11-13

Kings of the earth and all peoples,

    princes and all rulers of the earth!

Young men and maidens together,

    old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

    for his name alone is exalted;

    his majesty is above earth and heaven.

Let’s stand and sing for the name of the Lord is worthy to be exalted!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

10,000 Reasons” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

CONFESSION OF SIN –

Our God is truly worthy of all our trust and obedience.

But in spite of his glory, too often God’s people fail to trust and follow God as we ought in the midst of a confusing and sinful world.

In light of our failures to honor God this week, let’s take a moment in our service to pray, confessing our sins to the Lord and asking him to once again renew our hearts to trust and follow him even as we strive to do so within a world of sin.

Please pray aloud along with me as I read the words of this confession of sin.

(everyone read aloud)

Lord, though you should guide us, we inform ourselves;

though you should rule us, we control ourselves;

though you should fulfill us, we console ourselves.

We think your truth too high, your will too hard,

your power too remote, your love too free. But they are not!

And without them, we are of all people most miserable.

Now heal our confused minds with your word,

heal our divided wills with your law,

heal our troubled consciences with your love,

heal our anxious hearts with your presence,

all for the sake of your Son,

who loved us and gave himself for us.

Amen.

(moment of silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Now hear these words of assurance from the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Let’s continue to boast is the Lord, for in Christ God still chooses to save weak and foolish sinners like us!

SONG –

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

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL – Why of The Week

During this part of our service, we normally dismiss our kids ages 0-5 to our kids corner in the back rooms here for the duration of the service. I’d just like to take a minute to help clarify what we are trying to accomplish with our children’s ministry. As a church, our number one goal for our kids is that they might receive Jesus by faith and find salvation from sin in him. Following that, we want our kids to grow up and one day be full-fledged members of Christ’s church. Because this is our goal, we try as early as we can to make sure IBC kids stay in the service so that they can hear the word of God as it is being read, sung, preached, and prayed every Sunday. This is why we have the children’s bulletins available in the back by the welcoming team so that our kids can sit in the service and draw, and hopefully pick up whatever bits of the Gospel they can understand for the duration of their time there. However, we realize that not every kid is old enough to sit still during our services. So for children ages 0-5, we have our Kids’ Corner available for them so that they can be taken care of by our vetted and trained Kids’ Corner volunteers while their parents are free to sit in on the service. So at this time Children ages 0-5 are now dismissed to head to Kids’ Corner. And as they leave, let’s continue to worship the Lord with our singing and praise.

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

SONG –

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

SCRIPTURE READING – Joshua 6:1-27

(congregation stands)

Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord.”

And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord following them. The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually. But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.” So he caused the ark of the Lord to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.” So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.

“At the cost of his firstborn shall he

    lay its foundation,

and at the cost of his youngest son

    shall he set up its gates.”

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.

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

Congregation: “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON – “The Battle of Jericho”

(congregation sits)

SONG –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton and Laura Taylor

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

 “One Pure and Holy Passion” by Mark Altrogge

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

Let This Heart Not Wander” by Young Oceans