We gather together each week to bless the Lord and to remember that He has abundantly blessed us through Jesus Christ. This week as we connect through our Facebook Live service, we will reflect on the blessing that is ours because of the love that God has given to us.
The scriptures for this Sunday are found here:
Order of Service
Call to Worship
Today our call to worship is inspired Paul’s address on Mars Hill in Acts 17:
Today, the God who made the world and everything in it, the Lord of heaven and earth who does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, but who himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things — this God — calls you to worship him.
We have all come from one man whom God created in His image — every people and nation are from Him— and He has given us time for our existence and has determined the place where each of us will live so that we might search for God. And in searching, even in our feeble fumbling, he wants us to find him for He is not far away from any of us.
In God, we live and move and have our being. We are not to think of God as one who is made of gold or silver or a stone or who has been formed like art from the imaginations of man, for we come from God and are made in his image. Instead, God is calling us all to turn to him and praise the one who has risen from the dead. Come praise our God who is over all.
God Over All
Reading of the Scriptures
Oh the Deep, Deep Love
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
Prayer of Confession
Eternal God, Creator of all that is, in you we live and move and have our being. You have placed us on earth and sustained our being through the produce of the land and the cleanness of the air we breathe. You have made us for each to tend and care for the weak and ensure a just sharing of the earth’s resources.
But we are part of a proud and hard-hearted people who hoard what the earth provides and loathe to share the fruits of our labors, who live for today with little thought for tomorrow who are afraid to let pain and suffering affect us.
Incarnate God, you know us in our inner being. In your grace you offer us forgiveness even before we have the chance to articulate our sorrow. You embrace us in all our sinfulness and in doing so give us the chance to start again to learn from the example you have given us in Jesus, who chose the way of the Cross that all might know the depth of your love for all you have made.
Spirit of God open our hearts and minds that we may grasp your forgiveness, and forgiven seek to forgive others and to live a life of reconciling love modeled on the example of Jesus Christ in whose name we make this prayer. Amen
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the Word of the Lord from 1 Peter 3:13-22
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Lord, I Need You
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.