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The Lord’s Day, April 12, 2020
Morning Worship ~ 11:00AM
Note: All songs are from the Trinity Psalter Hymnal (TPH); click on the underlined words or orange font words to open up links to tunes and other supplemental resources; Or sing along with Pastor Brian on guitar here (coming soon); Click here to download and print the liturgy. All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible. The sermon video link is below.
Call to Worship ~ Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day,“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Prayer of Invocation (from URCNA Forms and Prayers, p. 108)
Our Father, Eternal Lord, God Almighty. In the name of him who is the resurrection and the life, we come to worship you, for Christ is the first born from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. And as his disciples this day, we proclaim the gospel of his resurrection. We confess that the circumstances of this present evil age often rise up to testify against the promise that you have declared in your Word. Nevertheless, we bring the experience of our hearts under your judgment: You have raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the Lord’s Day and we rejoice and are glad in our risen and ascended Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to delight in His name. Give us a foretaste of His glory, which will one day be ours, by your Holy Spirit. And to you be all glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God forever and ever. Amen.
Song of Praise ~ #360:1, 3-5, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (tune) (guitar accompaniment)
Reading of God’s Law ~ Exodus 20:1-17
And God spoke all these words, saying,“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”
Prayer of Confession (FP, p. 101)
Brothers and sisters, the law causes us to acknowledge and confess our many sins and wickedness, not hiding them from the face of almighty God, our heavenly Father, but confessing them with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart, that we may obtain forgiveness by His infinite goodness and mercy. Therefore, I urge you to join me with a pure heart and a humble voice before the throne of grace, praying:
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against Your holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, and so we are helpless without You. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders, spare us, as we confess our faults, restore us, as we are penitent, according to Your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord, and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and devout life, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon ~ 1 John 1:9; Romans 5:6-9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
Song of Thanksgiving ~ #343 “What Wondrous Love Is This” (tune) (guitar accompaniment)
Song of Preparation ~ Psalm 16B “Preserve Me, O God” (tune) (guitar accompaniment)
Prayer of Illumination
Blessed Lord, who has caused Holy Scripture to be written for our learning, grant that we may hear, read, learn, and inwardly digest them, that through the comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture Reading ~ Matthew 28 (Sermon text: Matthew 28:1-10) (p. 835)
Sermon ~ “He is Not Here, for He Has Risen!” (Rev. Brian Cochran)
The Resurrection of Christ
1. Its Historical Reality
2. Its Dramatic Recounting
3. Its Proper Response
Prayer of Application & Congregational Prayer followed by The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who is 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 forgive 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.
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Song of Application ~ #265 “In Christ Alone” (tune) (guitar accompaniment)
Prayer for God’s Blessing (based on Hebrews 13:20-21; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Almighty God, our loving heavenly Father, you are the God of peace who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant. Equip us with everything good that we may do Your will, working in us that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. . .May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Song of Praise ~ #360:6 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (plus stanza 7 below)
(tune) (guitar accompaniment)
Sing we to our God above Alleluia!
praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!
praise Him, all ye heav’nly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!