The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, February 23, 2020
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 135
Minister: Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God!
Congregation: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant! For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.
Minister: O house of Israel, bless the Lord! O house of Aaron, bless the Lord! O house of Levi, bless the Lord! You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
Congregation: Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who dwells in Jerusalem! Praise the Lord!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #289 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book 3 In Christ Alone
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 32 How Great Is Our God
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: The Scripture says, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:7-8). Brothers and sisters, let us confess our sin to God.
Congregation: O promised Christ: We are a world at war; our peace depends on your coming. We are a sinful people; our pardon depends on your coming. We are a people who express good intentions but fail to keep promises; our only hope of doing your will is that you should come and help us do it. Lord Christ, we are a people in desperate need of your peace, of your pardon, and of your grace. Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the good news!:
“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:13-14)
Scripture Reading: 2nd Samuel 21:1-14
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Mr. Rick Moore, Ruling Elder
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)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #95 Though Troubles Assail Us
Sermon: “The Story of Jesus: The One Who Is Ready” (Mark 13:14-37)
Rev. Sean Henderson
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism, Q.52
Minister: What comfort is it to you that Christ “shall come to judge the living and the dead?”
Congregation: That in all my sorrows and persecutions, I, with uplifted head, look for the very One, who offered Himself for me to the judgment of God, and removed all curse from me, to come as Judge from heaven, who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, but shall take me with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joy and glory.
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: #735 Gloria Patri
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