February 25, 2024 · 10:30am
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Call to Worship
Psalm 138; Psalm 117
Nursery Information

Hymn No. 76+
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Sheet Music
+Please stand as you are able.

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet your tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who, like me, his praise should sing?
Praise him, praise him,
praise him, praise him,
praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favor
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same forever,
slow to chide and swift to bless;
praise him, praise him,
praise him, praise him,
glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes;
praise him, praise him,
praise him, praise him,
widely as his mercy goes.

Frail as summer’s flow’r we flourish,
blows the wind and it is gone;
but while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him, praise him,
praise him, praise him,
praise the High Eternal One.

Angels, help us to adore him;
you behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space,
praise him, praise him,
praise him, praise him,
praise with us the God of grace.

Text: from Psalm 103; Henry F. Lyte (1834), mod.
Music: John Goss (1869)
Public Domain.


Invocation+

Coming Clean

Call to Confession
1 Peter 4:12–13

Confession of Sin

Father, we confess that sharing in the sufferings of Jesus is not a joy. How could it be? We don’t want to suffer. We don’t want trials. We don’t want rejection and difficulty. And yet, everywhere in Scripture, we see that those things are an unavoidable part of our calling here and now. Forgive us, Jesus, for being unwilling to go where you have gone. Thank you that you were willing to suffer for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that you might bring us to God. And we thank you, Father, that you did not abandon Jesus to the grave but made him alive again by your Spirit. Fill us with that same Spirit, that we might endure hardships in the hope of the resurrection and the glory that is to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Made New

Assurance of Grace
Galatians 1:3–5

Hymn
When Trials Come

When trials come no longer fear;
for in the pain, our God draws near
to fire a faith worth more than gold;
and there His faithfulness is told,
and there His faithfulness is told.

Within the night I know Your peace;
the breath of God brings strength to me,
and new each morning mercy flows
as treasures of the darkness grow,
as treasures of the darkness grow.

I turn to wisdom not my own,
for ev’ry battle You have known;
my confidence will rest in You.
Your love endures; Your ways are good,
Your love endures; Your ways are good.

When I am weary with the cost,
I see the triumph of the cross.
So in its shadow I shall run
till You complete the work begun,
till You complete the work begun.

One day all things will be made new;
I’ll see the hope You called me to,
and in Your kingdom paved with gold
I’ll praise Your faithfulness of old,
I’ll praise Your faithfulness of old.

Text and Music: Keith Getty and Kristyn Getty
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
CCLI License 2945954.


Confession of Faith+
Nicene Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets;
and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;
we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Drawn Near
Parents may escort children up to the age of 4 to the nursery at this time.

Scripture Reading
Hebrews 12:1–14; Philippians 2:4–11

Prayer for the Church

Hymn+
Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Sheet Music

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
all to leave and follow Thee.
Naked, poor, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shalt be.
Perish every fond ambition,
all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heav’n are still my own.

Let the world despise and leave me;
they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
O while Thou dost smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
foes may hate and friends disown me;
show Thy face and all is bright.

Man may trouble and distress me,
’twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me;
Heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me
while Thy love is left to me;
oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me,
were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure;
come disaster, scorn, and pain.
In Thy service, pain is pleasure;
with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee Abba, Father;
I have stayed my heart on Thee.
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
all must work for good to me.

Soul, then know thy full salvation;
rise o’er sin and fear and care,
joy to find in every station,
something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee;
think what Father’s smiles are thine.
Think that Jesus died to win thee;
child of heav’n, canst thou repine?

Haste thee on from grace to glory,
armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
Heav’n’s eternal days before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
soon shall pass thy pilgrim days.
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Text: Henry Lyte · Music: Bill Moore
Copyright © 2001 Bill Moore Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
CCLI License 2945954.


Scripture Reading
Genesis 29:1–30

Sermon
Covenant Discipleship

  • Walking with God Looks Like:
  • • God’s Sovereign Care
  • • God’s Fatherly Discipline
  • • Service Unto Glory

  • Next week’s sermon text:
    Genesis 29:31–30:24


    Hymn+
    Your Labor Is Not in Vain
    Sheet Music

    Your labor is not in vain
    though the ground underneath you
    is cursed and stained.
    Your planting and reaping
    are never the same,
    but your labor is not in vain.
    For I am with you, I am with you.
    I am with you, I am with you
    for I have called you, called you by name.
    Your labor is not in vain.


    Your labor is not unknown
    though the rocks, they cry out,
    and the sea, it may groan.
    The place of your toil
    may not seem like a home,
    but your labor is not unknown.
    For I am with you, I am with you.
    I am with you, I am with you
    for I have called you, called you by name.
    Your labor is not in vain.


    The vineyards you plant will bear fruit;
    the fields will sing out
    and rejoice with the truth,
    for all that is old will
    at last be made new:
    the vineyards you plant will bear fruit.
    For I am with you, I am with you.
    I am with you, I am with you
    for I have called you, called you by name.
    Your labor is not in vain.


    The houses you labored to build
    will finally with laughter
    and joy be filled.
    The serpent that hurts
    and destroys shall be killed,
    and all that is broken be healed.
    For I am with you, I am with you.
    I am with you, I am with you
    for I have called you, called you by name.
    Your labor is not in vain.

    Text and Music: Wendell Kimbrough, Paul Zach, and Isaac Wardell
    Copyright © 2017 Porter’s Gate Publishing (BMI),
    Hymns From the Porter’s Gate (ASCAP),
    and Porter’s Gate Publications (SESAC).
    All rights reserved and administered by
    Fair Trade Music Publishing c/o essentialmusicpublishing.com.
    CCLI License 2945954.


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    Doxology+

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
    praise him, all creatures here below,
    O praise him, alleluia!
    Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
    and praise the Spirit, three in one.
    O praise him, O praise him,
    alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

    Text: Based on Thomas Ken (1709), mod.
    Music: Geistlich Kirchengesäng (1623)
    Public Domain.



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