The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, April 21, 2019
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
Choral Prelude – Risen Lord
Call to Worship – (based on John 11:25 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Minister: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”
Congregation: O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
Minister: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Congregation: Christ is risen! Let us worship the Risen King!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #277 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book 28 See What A Morning
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 44 Jesus, Thank You
Confession of Faith – Westminster Larger Catechism, Q.87
Minister: What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?
Congregation: We are to believe that at the last day there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust: when they that are then found alive shall in a moment be changed; and the selfsame bodies of the dead which were laid in the grave, being then again united to their souls forever, shall be raised up by the power of Christ. The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head, shall be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, and made like to his glorious body; and the bodies of the wicked shall be raised up in dishonor by him, as an offended judge.
Scripture Reading: 1st Peter 1:3-12
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Rev. Sean Henderson, Pastor
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Choral Offertory: He Will Carry You
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #281 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Sermon: “Suffering in Hope: A Living Redeemer” (Job 19:1-29)
Rev. Sean M. Henderson
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin – (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2) Brothers and sisters, let us confess our sin to God.
Congregation: Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we often do not bow before him or acknowledge his rule in our lives. We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory. Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now what comforting words the Lord says to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.” (1st Corinthians 15:19-21)
Invitation to Communicants
The Words of Institution:
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also after Supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Distribution of the Elements:
Please remain seated as the elders bring the bread and the cup to you. Please hold the elements until all have been served so that we can partake together. If you need assistance, please let one of the elders know when they come by. This is the Lord’s Table, and so we come at His invitation. Therefore, we welcome all who have trusted in Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord. If you are a baptized member of this or any evangelical church (a church where the gospel is loved and proclaimed), then we invite you to come. We ask that children not partake of the Lord’s Supper until they have become communing members of such a church. We come not on the basis of our own righteousness, but on the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, if you are a repentant sinner, who recognizes your only hope is in Christ’s redemptive work for you, then you are urged to come.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
* Closing Song: #733 Doxology
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