PRELUDE –

            “Around” by Cortez

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:6-9

The Psalmist calls the people of God to worship in Psalm 33 when he states:

“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.

He loves righteousness and justice;

    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Let’s stand and sing, for the word of the Lord is still faithful this morning!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

            “All Praise to Him” by Bob Kauflin and Matt Merker

CONFESSION OF SIN – Leviticus 26:40, 44-46

Although the righteous have good reason to sing to the Lord this morning, many of us know that we are neither righteous, upright or faithful to the Lord today. In light of the many ways you and I sin and fall short of his glory this morning, the Lord himself has provided a means for sinners like us to be right with him. Listen to his word in Leviticus 26:

“But if [my people] confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me…I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. But I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.”

Let’s take a moment to silently confess our sins before the Lord this morning.

(moment of silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Hebrews 10:14

Year after year, God’s people have confessed their sins before the Lord, constantly bringing a sacrificial offering to his temple as a means providing a temporary atonement for their sins. But for those in Christ today, you and I have a greater confidence that God will hear our prayers and forgive the sins of our past.

“For by a single offering [Jesus Christ] has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”

Saints, let’s praise the Lord with all we have, for through the cross of Christ, God’s people have been cleansed of sin, and there is no longer any offering needed for God’s people to be with him!

SONGS –

Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

Promises” by Maverick City Music

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

0-5 Years Old Dismissal

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – From The Apostles Creed (Why of the Week)

Before we get into our Scripture reading this week, let’s take a moment to affirm our common faith together. Affirmations of faith are a means of reminding us that the convictions and teachings we hold to as a church body are nothing new. Rather these are the biblical convictions of the Scriptures themselves which have been passed down from one generation to another. When we confess these truths together, we stand in unity with all our brothers and sisters in Christ as we bear common witness to the world around us of the good news of Jesus Christ and his life death and resurrection.

Let’s stand and affirm aloud our common faith together using the words of the Apostle’s Creed.

(everyone says aloud)

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 8:1-29

(congregation stands)

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.”

So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose 30,000 mighty men of valor and sent them out by night. And he commanded them, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready. And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us just as before, we shall flee before them. And they will come out after us, until we have drawn them away from the city. For they will say, ‘They are fleeing from us, just as before.’ So we will flee before them. Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will give it into your hand. And as soon as you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to the word of the Lord. See, I have commanded you.” So Joshua sent them out. And they went to the place of ambush and lay between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent that night among the people.

Joshua arose early in the morning and mustered the people and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. And all the fighting men who were with him went up and drew near before the city and encamped on the north side of Ai, with a ravine between them and Ai. He took about 5,000 men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. So they stationed the forces, the main encampment that was north of the city and its rear guard west of the city. But Joshua spent that night in the valley. And as soon as the king of Ai saw this, he and all his people, the men of the city, hurried and went out early to the appointed place toward the Arabah to meet Israel in battle. But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city. And Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them and fled in the direction of the wilderness. So all the people who were in the city were called together to pursue them, and as they pursued Joshua they were drawn away from the city. Not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel. They left the city open and pursued Israel.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city. And the men in the ambush rose quickly out of their place, and as soon as he had stretched out his hand, they ran and entered the city and captured it. And they hurried to set the city on fire. So when the men of Ai looked back, behold, the smoke of the city went up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that, for the people who fled to the wilderness turned back against the pursuers. And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had captured the city, and that the smoke of the city went up, then they turned back and struck down the men of Ai. And the others came out from the city against them, so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side. And Israel struck them down, until there was left none that survived or escaped. But the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him near to Joshua.

When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword. And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai. But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction. Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the Lord that he commanded Joshua. So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day. And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree and threw it at the entrance of the gate of the city and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day.

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

Congregation: “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON

(congregation sits)

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

All Glory Be to Christ” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

Anchor” by Madison Ryann Ward

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