Call to Worship | Isaiah 55:6–13
Hymn | Before the Throne of God Above
Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong and perfect plea:
A great High Priest whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands;
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heav’n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart,
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there,
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free,
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me,
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb,
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of Glory and of Grace.
One with Himself, I cannot die;
My soul is purchased by His blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God,
With Christ my Savior and my God.
Text: Charitie Lees Bancroft • Music: Vikki Cook
Copyright © 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Call to Confession | Luke 5:29–32; Ezekiel 18:23, 30b–32
Confession of Sin
Father, we confess that when we hear that Jesus was a friend of tax collectors and sinners we take comfort. And we are to take comfort, but not always the comfort that we take. We think that Jesus would leave us as we are, leave us in our sin. But he is a much better friend than that. He would make us holy. He has come to wash us with the water of the word that we might be glorious and beautiful in his sight. Father, we thank you that Jesus identified with us in the filth of our sin. We thank you that he took on our guilt and shame and bore your wrath for sin at the cross. We thank you for your love which calls us to repentance, calls us to the cross, calls us to confess. Father, we confess our guilt. Forgive our sin and cleanse us by the blood of Jesus. Remove our sin and renew our hearts that we would respond to your grace with new joy, new obedience, and new love by the power of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Grace | Ephesians 5:25–27; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9
Hymn | Speak, O Lord
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Text and Music: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
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Confession of Faith | Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 85–87
Q. 85. What does God require of us that we may escape his wrath and curse due to us for sin?
A. To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption.
Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?
A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.
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Offering in Prayer
Hymn | How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory.
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything:
No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ:
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Text and Music: Stuart Townend
Copyright © 1995 Thankyou Music. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Commission & Benediction | Acts 3:19, 16:31; Romans 15:13
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