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The Lord’s Day Morning Worship

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Welcome

If you are visiting with us, we are delighted you’re here. Please fill out the connection card in your bulletin and place it in the offering bag during the collection so that we will have a record of your visit and may have the opportunity to get to know you better. Please note that we have a nursery for children 2 and under. We also have a ‘cry room’ in the northwest corner of the sanctuary, as well as a “Family Room” for worship training in the Maroa Room with a live video stream of the service.  Please ask one of the ushers for assistance if you would like to make use of one of these options.  But please know that children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary at all times.

Welcome and Announcements

Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Call to Worship – from Psalm 67
Minister: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
     Congregation: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Minister: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
     Congregation: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

*  Song of Adoration: Hymn #38 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (click here for lyrics)

*  Prayer of Invocation

*  Song of Praise: Red Book 29 All Must Be Well (click here for lyrics)

*  Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 40 Behold Our God (click here for lyrics)

Scripture Reading: 1st Peter 4:1-11 (click here)

Confession of Faith – Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.8-9
Minister: What are the decrees of God?
     Congregation: The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.

Minister: How does God execute his decrees?
     Congregation: God executes his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1)

*  Song of Preparation: Hymn #108 Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right (click here for lyrics)

Sermon: “How Long, O Lord?: The Heart of Justice” (Psalm 73)

Confession of Sin – (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: The Scriptures says, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (James 2:8-10). Brothers and sisters, let us confess our sin to God.
     Congregation: God of all nations, we praise you that in Christ the barriers that have separated humanity are torn down. Yet we confess our slowness to open our hearts and minds to people of other lands, tongues, and races. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Deliver us from the sins of fear and prejudice, that we may move toward the day when all are truly one in Jesus Christ. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:6-8)

*  Closing Song: #731 Doxology (click here for lyrics)

*  Benediction

The elders of the church are available for a time of prayer immediately after the service, if you wish.  Please contact one of them if you would like them to pray with you today.  They are also available during the week.

*   Indicates To Stand, If You Are Able