How We Worshipped on One Sunday in March - Tim Challies

Like so lots of you, I discover myself unexpectedly at residence this Sunday as a substitute of becoming a member of in company worship. At Grace Fellowship Church we deem this an affordable response to the federal government’s request that we keep away from assembly in giant teams. And whereas I’m at residence with my household, I’m considering wistfully of the great service we loved final week. Let me inform you about it

The companies solid of characters included Paul because the preacher and repair chief, Josh because the lead worshipper, and Steve because the elder who prayed and browse Scripture. Our band consisted of guitar, piano, and cajon accompanying a male and two feminine vocalists. The assorted parts of the service are in daring with the identify of the one that led the ingredient in parentheses. Gadgets in quotes characterize roughly what the individual mentioned to the congregation. Gadgets not in quotes are explanatory. All the service lasted roughly 90 minutes.

Name to Worship (Paul)

Our name to worship was Jude 24-25. “‘Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.’ Lets give glory to the one true Godthe God who retains us and saves us all the time!”

Singing (Josh)

Scripture Studying (Congregation)

We learn Psalm 148 corporately and antiphonally, with completely different sections of the congregation responding to at least one one other.

Confession of Sin (Paul)

Paul bridged from Psalm 148 to a confession of sin, asking, “If God is this nice, why can we nonetheless sin?” He then led us in a prayer based mostly on Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9. “O Lord, the good and superior God,who retains covenant and steadfast love with those that love him and hold his commandments.We’ve got sinned and finished improper, we have now acted wickedly and rebelled, turning apart out of your commandments and guidelines.We’ve got not listened to your Phrase.To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness,however to us open shamebecause we have now sinned in opposition to you.To you, O Lord our God, belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have now rebelled in opposition to You and haven’t obeyed Your voice by strolling in Your commandments.O Lord, in keeping with all of your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath flip away from us.On your personal sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon us. O our God, incline your ear and listen to.Open your eyes and see our brokenness and disgrace.For we don’t current our pleas earlier than you due to our righteousness,however due to your nice mercy.O Lord, hear;O Lord, forgive.O Lord, concentrate and act.Delay not, to your personal sake, O God,as a result of we, your folks, are referred to as by your identify.Amen.”

Assurance of Pardon (Paul)

“Obtain the pardon of your variety and loving Saviour: ‘Who’s a God such as you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He doesn’t retain his anger perpetually, as a result of he delights in steadfast love. He’ll once more have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You’ll solid all our sins into the depths of the ocean. You’ll present faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast like to Abraham, as you could have sworn to our fathers from the times of outdated’” (Micah 7:1820).

Singing (Josh)

Pastoral Prayer (Steve)

Our affiliate pastor Steve led us in a pastoral prayer.

Scripture Studying

The Scripture studying was from Job 41. Steve mentioned one thing like, “Please take your Bible and turn to Job 41, which is on page 416 if you are using one of our church Bibles. He prefaced his reading with “This is what Holy Scripture says…” and ended with “This is the Word of the Lord” to which the congregation replied “Thanks be to God.”

Singing (Josh)

Sermon (Paul)

Paul preached a sermon from a number of chapters of Job titled “Him Exalting, Self Abasing.” As a result of the define was somewhat prolonged, I received’t reproduce it right here.

Complementary Textual content Studying (Steve)

Following the sermon, Steve learn a brief complementary textual content: 1 Corinthians 15:54-57.

Singing (Josh)

Fee (Steve)

Steve supplied our “commission,” which is the place we bridge from the service we’ve simply accomplished to dwelling out the Christian life within the week forward. Whereas that is the place we give our bulletins, we attempt to verify we’re commissioning folks extra than simply itemizing upcoming occasions. In fact at the moment we didn’t know what number of of our upcoming occasions could be canceled

Benediction (Steve)

“Receive this blessing of the Lord from His Word: ‘Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.’ Amen.”





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