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Sunday Service Recap: February 23, 2014

February 23, 2014

Redeemer Church

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Call to Worship: Blessed Redeemer written by Fanny Crosby

Welcome

Congregational Confession of Sin

Prayer of Confession:

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen

From the PCUSA Book of Common Worship
Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993; p. 88 

Song: Majesty written by Martin Smith and Stuart Garrard

A song that focuses our hearts and attention on the glory and majesty of God and helps us to see our need for him.

Song: Thy Mercy My God written by John Stocker, arranged by Caedmon’s Call, with original chorus written by Caleb Billingsley.

One of my favorite songs to sing, celebrating God’s mercy to sinners and his covenant of love that he makes with his children.  The chorus is new and unique to our church, taken word for word from several passages of Scripture that affirm God’s character as “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.”  Psalm 103:8 is one such passage.

Offering

Scripture Reading: Zechariah 10

Missional Prayer: Phil Howell and Embassy Church in Arlington Heights, IL

Song: Psalm 145 written by Dustin Kensrue

Exemplifies the proper attitude of a follower of Christ, an attitude of constant praise and adoration to God for his goodness to us.  This song was meant to remind us of these things.  Bitterness, jealousy, and slander all stem from a heart that does not properly look at every situation in life from the perspective that everything God allows into our lives is for our good and His glory.  Psalm 145 reminds us of the many ways God has blessed us and continues to bless us and what a proper attitude in light of those things should look like.

Song: Holy Spirit written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

A great hymn, asking for the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts through his inspired Word.  What is great about this hymn is the way it moves from emphasizing the work of the Spirit in the individual, then to the work of the Spirit in the church.  It’s a great song to sing before hearing the preaching of God’s Word.

Sermon by Ken Smith: Genesis 40:1-23, When Hope is Deferred…

  1. …trust in God’s presence.
  2. …trust in God’s providence.
  3. …trust in God’s prescience.
  4. …trust in God’s purpose.

Song: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery written by Matt Papa

After meditating on God’s good purposes in our lives even in the midst of hardship, struggle, and suffering we had the opportunity to sing of God’s great and mysterious plan of redemption.  “What a foretaste of deliverance, how unwavering our hope!  Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when he comes.”

Announcements

Benediction: Romans 8:31-39

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