APRIL 26, 2020

An Order for Personal or Family Worship

April 26, 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, silence all voices within our minds but your own.

Help us to seek and be able to follow your will.

May our prayers be joined

With those of our sisters and brothers in the faith,

That together we may glorify your name

And enjoy your fellowship forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.*

Psalter: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

1 I love the Lord, 

    because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.

2 Because he inclined his ear to me,

    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death encompassed me;

    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

    I suffered distress and anguish.

4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:

    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

12 What shall I render to the Lord

    for all his benefits to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation

    and call on the name of the Lord,

14 I will pay my vows to the Lord

    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord

    is the death of his saints.

16 O Lord, I am your servant;

    I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.

    You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving

    and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord

    in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,

    in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

Hymn: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer (#543 in the Psalter Hymnal)

Accompaniment provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/guidemeothou/s-GKqJrwx2E9P

1 Guide me, O my great Redeemer,

pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but you are mighty;

hold me with your powerful hand.

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore,

feed me now and evermore.

2 Open now the crystal fountain,

where the healing waters flow.

Let the fire and cloudy pillar

lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,

ever be my strength and shield,

ever be my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,

bid my anxious fears subside.

Death of death, and hell's Destruction,

land me safe on Canaan's side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises

I will ever sing to you,

I will ever sing to you.

Prayer of Illumination

Eternal God,

In the reading of the Scripture, may your Word be heard;

In the meditations of our hearts, may your Word be known;

And in the faithfulness of our lives, may your Word be shown.


New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 15:1-19

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

    horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.

2 The Lord is my strength and my might,[a]

    and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and I will praise him,

    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3 The Lord is a warrior;

    the Lord is his name.

4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he cast into the sea;

    his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea.[b]

5 The floods covered them;

    they went down into the depths like a stone.

6 Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power—

    your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.

7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries;

    you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble.

8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up,

    the floods stood up in a heap;

    the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,

    I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.

    I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’

10 You blew with your wind, the sea covered them;

    they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?

    Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

    awesome in splendor, doing wonders?

12 You stretched out your right hand,

    the earth swallowed them.

13 “In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed;

    you guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

14 The peoples heard, they trembled;

    pangs seized the inhabitants of Philistia.

15 Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;

    trembling seized the leaders of Moab;

    all the inhabitants of Canaan melted away.

16 Terror and dread fell upon them;

    by the might of your arm, they became still as a stone

until your people, O Lord, passed by,

    until the people whom you acquired passed by.

17 You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession,

    the place, O Lord, that you made your abode,

    the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established.

18 The Lord will reign forever and ever.”

19 When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his chariot drivers went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them; but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.

Sermon: “The LORD Has Triumphed Gloriously”




Joys/Concerns and Prayers of the People

Ann Freeman - continued recovery after recent hospitalization 

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: O Great God (#67 in the Supplemental Hymnal)

Accompaniment provided by Mr. Mark Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/mark-johnson-335625686/ogreatgod/s-98LTe67ntFf

O great God of highest heaven

Occupy my lowly heart

Own it all and reign supreme

Conquer every rebel power

Let no vice or sin remain

That resists Your holy war

You have loved and purchased me

Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin

Had no ears to hear Your voice

Did not know Your love within

Had no taste for heaven's joys

Then Your Spirit gave me life

Opened up Your Word to me

Through the gospel of Your Son

Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life

That's dependent on Your grace

Keep my heart and guard my soul

From the evils that I face

You are worthy to be praised

With my every thought and deed

O great God of highest heaven

Glorify Your Name through me

Closing Prayer

Grant, O Lord,

That what has been said with our lips we may believe in our hearts,

And that what we believe in our hearts we may practice with our lives,

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.*

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