Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship
Leader: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you children of God, glorify God and stand in awe of Him!
Congregation: For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from us, but heard when we cried to him.
Leader: From you comes God’s praise in the great congregation and those who fear him.
Congregation: The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!
Leader: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
Congregation: For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. All who sleep in the earth will bow down
Leader: Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying…
Congregation: He has done it!
Song of Rejoicing – All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name/ The Goodness of Jesus
Reading of the Scriptures – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Prayer of Confession
O Lord, you found us when we didn’t even know we were lost. You called us to follow you when we were going our own way. You have promised us your blessing and that we would be a blessing for your name sake; yet we doubt your goodness or squander your goodness for ourselves. You have given us a new name in Christ, but how often we live as though we are still our own and live for ourselves. Father forgive us for not walking in faith after you and for seeking our own success and glory apart from you. Remind us that without you we would be lost or ruined; and help us to learn more clearly what it means to live in light of your promises and to be a blessing to the world around us for your name’s sake in which we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Song of Rejoicing – King of Kings
Reading of the Scriptures – Romans 4:13-25
For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Songs of Reflection – By Faith
Song of Response – God of Wonders
Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 9:30am followed by our morning message from one of our pastors. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.
If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourself with the music.
We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.