The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, March 29, 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 and Confession of Sin – from Psalm 102
Minister: Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you!
Congregation: Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call! For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.
Minister: For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink, because of your indignation and anger; for you have taken me up and thrown me down. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
Congregation: But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations. You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.
Minister: For the Lord builds up Zion; he appears in his glory; he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.
Congregation: Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.” (Psalm 102:18-22)
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #176 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus! (click here for lyrics)
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Red Book 30 The Power of the Cross (click here for lyrics and music)
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 2 How Deep the Father’s Love For Us (click here for lyrics and music)
Scripture Reading: 2nd Samuel 24:18-25
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #263 Lift High the Cross (click here for lyrics)
Sermon: “The Story of Jesus: The One Who Was Mocked” (Mark 15:16-32)
Rev. Sean Henderson
Confession of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism, Q.39-40
Minister: Is there anything more in His having been “crucified” than if He had suffered some other death?
Congregation: Yes, for thereby I am assured that He took upon Himself the curse which lay upon me, because the death of the cross was accursed of God.
Minister: Why was it necessary for Christ to suffer “death?”
Congregation: Because the justice and truth of God required that satisfaction for our sins could be made in no other way than by the death of the Son of God.
* Closing Song: #726 Spirit of the Living God
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