Hymn Sing Gray Psalter Hymnal
# 473 To God Be the Glory, vs 1, 3
# 434 God Moves in a Mysterious Way, vs 1, 2, 3
Insert Come Priase and Glorify
Call to Worship
Hymn # 412 Jesus Shall Reign (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Psalter Psalm 19 (NRSVUE) Mike Bergmann
1The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens and its circuit to the end of them, and nothing is hid from its heat.
7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12But who can detect one’s own errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless and innocent of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 59:1-3, 15-20
59 See, the LORD’s arm is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. 3For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.
15Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.
The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. 16He saw that there was no one and was appalled that there was no one to intervene, so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. 17He put on righteousness like a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. 18According to their deeds, so will he repay wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. 19So those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory, for he will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the LORD drives on.
20And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.
Choral Anthem Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As thou has been thou forever wilt be
Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside
Hymn # 288 Take My Life and Let It Be (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
New Testament Reading Ephesians 2:1-10
2 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, doing the will of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else, 4but God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.
Sermon Pastor Andrew Winter