As we gather together this week, we will turn our attention to the Good Shepherd. Perhaps the most popular word image or motif that the Bible uses to show the relationship between God and His people is that of the Shepherd and sheep. Our liturgy today will focus on the need that we the sheep need the Good Shepherd of our soul.
Order of Service
Call to Worship
Today our call to worship looks forward to the faithful Shepherd:
Awaken from your slumber, and bring your fears and anxieties into the presence of the Lord our God. Hear the call of our Shepherd, and allow His voice to lead from selfish ambition to the feast of grace. May the light of Christ shine into the hidden darkness of our lives and restore us for the service of the Lord. Come let us worship God.
Come People of the Risen King
Reading of the Scriptures
Prayer of Confession
Good Shepherd, we take your care for granted. In the midst of your many blessings, we complain of not having enough. In the presence of danger, we fail to trust your abiding love. When you set a table before us, we turn aside from you. Call us back into your care and help us trust your caring presence, that our actions may proclaim your truth. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the Word of the Lord from 1 Peter 1:
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Be Thou My Vision
The Word from Pastor Scott
You’re a Good, Good Father
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)
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 the 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 10:00am followed by our morning message from Pastor Scott. 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 yourselves with the music.
We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.