Call to Worship
Adapted from Revelation 1
Grace and peace, to you who belong to Christ, who was, and is, and is to come. Jesus Christ is faithful, the firstborn from among the dead, and ruler over the kings of the earth.
Christ loves us and has come in the flesh to free us from our sins by his life and by his blood. He has made us a kingdom of priests to his God and Father. Behold He is coming again, and our longing grows in an unlikely pairing of discontentment & joy.
Old Testament Reading
Wisdom is often counterintuitive, and grows out of true reverence for the Lord.
1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— 5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; 12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— 15 my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, 18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.
Confession of Sin
Adapted from Rev 2 & 3
Lord Jesus, hear our confession and answer us with your grace. You have called us to exercise discernment with love, but we have been loveless. We have tolerated divided and idolatrous affection in our hearts. Our rebellious loves are not small and insignificant. Instead, they are seductive and adulterous. The repugnance of our sin is plain to you, and in the light of your glory it becomes plain to us as well. We cry out in weakness, often overwhelmed with the instability of our lives. Have compassion on us, and grant us freedom from our sin.
Worshippers may continue in silent reflection and confession.
Assurance of Pardon
Drawing from the Genealogy in Matthew 1
Our longing for a Savior is not new, and our hope for redemption is not naive. Jesus did not turn a blind eye to the frailty of our humanity. In the incarnation, he became human to redeem us in it. He has embraced us and in the scandal of his grace, he owns our scandalous past, meeting our weakness with his strength, our longing with his richness, and our shame with his glory.Christians, Jesus entering human history preaches good news to us.
Why do we give?
As with every part of our worship, giving is both expressive and formative. We give by taking stock of the Lord’s care and provision for us, exercising contentment, and expressing our thanks. As we open our hands to give, our lives are formed away from self-interest into patterns of self-giving and generosity.
Greeting One Another in Christ
+ Dismissal of Sparrows
Prayers for Christ’s Church & World
Romans 10 & 11
10.15 …how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.””
11.28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.”
Confession of Faith
The Apostles’ Creed ca. AD 215
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord’s Supper
How should you participate?
Like the rest of our worship, the Lord’s Supper is for everyone, but our participation varies. All baptized Christians, who trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, and seek to follow him more faithfully through belonging to a church that embraces the Gospel and cultivating peace in their relationships, are welcomed to eat & drink. If you are not a Christian, or if you choose not to commune, you are welcomed to come forward to observe or to ask for prayer.
How should your children participate?
Children are invited to come forward, either to receive communion or a prayer of blessing. To receive communion, a child must have been baptized and formally received as a communing member of this church (i.e. talked with our pastor) or officially received by the church to which you belong. If your children will not be receiving communion, we will gladly pray for them when they join you at the front.
Please Note: The light drink is juice and the dark drink is wine. Gluten-free bread is available upon request. Please approach the table by the center aisle and return to your seat using the side aisles. We will come forward a few rows at a time, starting in the front.
God has given us his Word, that through faith and dependence on his grace, we would be perfected and matured in lives like his own, filled with growing trust, wisdom, and obedience; all to the praise and glory of his Son, through the blessing of His Spirit.
Come Quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen!
Please return your pew Bible to the shelving next to
the fireplace in the fellowship area.