APRIL 19, 2020

An Order for Personal or Family Worship

April 19, 2020

This order of worship is designed for individuals and families who are worshipping alone or with family due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is an adaptable worship aid; it can be rearranged and its parts can be skipped. Even though we cannot meet together, our goal is to find unity as a church by using the same texts and songs for worship.

If you are worshipping as a group, choose someone to read the included texts and prayers out loud. Texts in bold may be read by everyone in unison. 

Opening Prayer

Dear God,

We come to worship you today.

We come to sing, pray, and listen.

You always hear us.

Help us to hear you. Amen.*

Psalter: Psalm 114 

Text: “When Israel Fled from Egypt Land” (#114 in Psalter Hymnal)

Tune: “Jesus Shall Reign” (Duke Street, #412 in Psalter Hymnal)

Accompaniment provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/dukestreet/s-cNJWXsqiRQt

1 When Israel fled from Egypt land,

From foreign tongue and cruel hand,

The LORD took Judah for his home

And Israel for his very own.

2 The sea rolled back to form dry land,

The Jordan fled at God’s command.

The mountains skipped like joyful rams,

The little hills like playful lambs.

3 What made you part, O mighty sea?

Why Jordan did you turn to flee?

Why, mountains skip like joyful rams?

And, little hills, like playful lambs?

4 Now tremble, earth, the Lord is near;

Bow down and see your God appear.

His might makes springs to gush and glow;

From flint the cooling waters flow.

Prayer of Illumination

Lord God,

May your Word be a lamp to our feet

And a light to our path

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.*

New Testament Reading: Revelation 21:22-22:5

22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

“This is the Word of the Lord.”

“Thanks be to God for his Word.”

Hymn: This Is My Father’s World (#436 in Psalter Hymnal)
Accompaniment provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/myfathersworld3/s-5jN78iRP78L

1 This is my Father's world,

And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world:

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--

His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:

The birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world:

He shines in all that's fair;

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father's world:

O let me ne'er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father's world:

Why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!

God reigns; let earth be glad! 

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2:8-17, 3:22-24

            The Old Testament Reading is read by Pastor Andrew in the sermon recording.

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Sermon: “East of Eden”




Joys and Concerns and Prayers of the People

Rob Donaldson - continued recovery from severe nosebleed 

Spend some time taking prayer requests (if you’re in a group) and praying through the needs of our congregation, community, and the world. Finish by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever. Amen.

Hymn: He Leadeth Me (#452 in Psalter Hymnal)
Accompaniment Provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/heleadethme/s-VjZ4Pc5UTcv

1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!

O words with heavenly comfort fraught!

Whate'er I do, where'er I be,

still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. (To Refrain)


He leadeth me, he leadeth me;

by his own hand he leadeth me:

his faithful follower I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,

sometimes where Eden's flowers bloom,

by waters calm, o'er troubled sea,

still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. (To Refrain)

3 Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,

nor ever murmur nor repine;

content, whatever lot I see,

since 'tis my God that leadeth me. (To Refrain)


4 And when my task on earth is done,

when, by thy grace, the victory's won,

e'en death's cold wave I will not flee,

since God through Jordan leadeth me. (To Refrain)

Closing Prayer

O Lord,

As we worship you away from our church this morning, we are reminded that we have been cast out of your presence.

We long to return and worship with the church, your temple. We long to wander the heavenly garden with you in the cool of the day. 

Forgive us our sins, and bring us to you.



* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, CRC Publications