Scott Gritter, Director of Youth Ministries
G O D C A L L S U S T O W O R S H I P
Call to Worship
Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth. Isaiah 42:5-10a
Reader: God is our light, our hope, our all in all:
All: Blessed be God, now and forever!
Reader: Christ is our home, our life, our joy:
All: Blessed be God, now and forever!
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
his Word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
G O D C A L LS U S T O R E N E W A L
The prayer of confession invites us to speak words that are remarkably honest about our own sin. We acknowledge that our sin is more than an isolated example of bad judgment—indeed, our souls are sin-sick. Such honesty becomes freeing when we sense how big God’s grace is: Jesus forgives us not because our confession is so great, but because of his great redeeming work for all who trust in him and call upon his name, for by his wounds we are healed. Come to him now, and be renewed.
Call to confession
Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me! Psalm 119:17-19
PRAYER OF CONFESSION followed by silent confession
Father, grant us never to lose sight of the exceeding ugliness of our sin, the exceeding greatness of our salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, the exceeding wonder of grace; in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Declaration of forgiveness
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded Trinity Hymnal 247
If you are using the recording here please note that Verse 3 doesn’t have a singer.
Sheet music Audio
O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.
What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners' gain:
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.
What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest Friend,
for this, thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.
G O D ’ S W O R D G I V E N T O U S
SCRIPTURE Luke 18:31–43
And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him,“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.”And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Reader: The Word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God!
SERMON Hidden in Plain Sight Pastor Andrew VanderMaas
Main Idea: Worship is the proper response for a Messiah who has come to make us well!
- In what ways might you be “blind” but not realize it? Has the COVID disruption revealed “false confidences” that you had?
- What are some other senses that you have found yourself using during this time of disruption? How have you “seen Jesus” more clearly through the use of these senses?
- Andrew read the following quote: There is so much, still, that we do not understand; so much in the world, and indeed in Scripture, that remains hidden from us, as Jesus' words were to the disciples. There is much that, if we understood it fully, might make us turn back, and no longer wish to follow Jesus on the road. But Luke is telling us that if we go with him Jesus will take the full weight of that evil on himself - indeed, that he has already done so on the cross, so that the things we still face need hold no terrors for us. NT Wright, Luke for Everyone, p. 220.
- Spend some time naming those things that if you knew they were ahead might make you turn back from following Jesus.
- Now thank Jesus that he took those very same things into himself on the cross, they are defeated and ultimately hold no power over you anymore. Praise be to him!
- Sometimes worship looks like singing and dancing (Lk. 18:43). Sometimes it looks like torn robes, shaved heads, and a face prostrate on the ground (Job 1:20). Does this challenge your notion of worship at all? What are some ways you might worship God differently during a pandemic?
D E D I C A T I N G O U R S E L V E S T O G O D
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity. Chorus
He comes with comfort speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong; Chorus
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight. Chorus
Prayers of the People
The following prayer (modernized from the Book of Common Prayer) may be used as a lead-in to your own time of prayer. The link to our church prayer letter is also below.
Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
Don’t close your ears of mercy to our prayers,
But spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty.
O holy and most merciful Savior,
Most worthy, eternal Judge,
Let nothing in life or in death separate us from you.
Hear our prayers…
Wednesday's prayer email
Tithes and offerings of the church
Though we are not gathering let us remember the needs of the church and those around us. You can give securely here.
OFFERTORY I’ll Fly Away
Here’s an offering of praise from Steve Fisk and his friend Jennifer Handlogten. It was recorded at the Coffee House Christ Church did at David’s House Adult Foster Care a few summers ago.
Some glad morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away
I'll fly away, O glory
I'll fly away
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away
When the shadows of this life have gone…
Like a bird from prison bars has flown…
Just a few more weary days and then…
To a land where joys will never end…
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Percussion time! Find something in your house to tap out a beat as you sing the Amen song!
Judah Guerra, song leader & trombone
Linus Guerra, song leader, alto saxophone & cajon
Susan Guerra, song leader & piano
Salome Neele, song leader (Doxology)
Steve Fisk & Jennifer Handlogten (Offertory)