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Prelude   Authority of Christ    audio

Jesus, the ruler of all nature,
The long-awaited Savior,
The King of kings forever.
Jesus, the wonder of the shepherds,
The healer of the lepers,
The calmer of the waters.

All praise and honor He has claimed –
All pow’r and glory.
All hell is trembling at the name of Jesus!
Sing with the angels, come and
Shout with old Simeon and
Cry with the women that His mercy freed, O
Follow the fishermen and
Bow with the sinners, because
We are in awe of the authority of Christ.

Jesus, Who spoke in puzzling parables,
Who left the haughty humbled,
Who challenged and who troubled.
Jesus, Who freely gave forgiveness,
Confounding all who witnessed
That he could show such boldness.           Chorus

Jesus, Who let the mob be furious,
Submitting to their blood lust,
Rose to life victorious!           Chorus

Welcome                             Mike & Jane Wilbraham

Moment of silent meditation                    Jeremiah 29:11-12

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 


Call to worship             Jeremiah 29:13                  

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 

Psalm of Praise             Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
    praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
    and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
    who is seated on high,
who looks far down
    on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Prayer of Adoration


Call to confession             Matthew 22:21

...Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

Prayer of confession     

Dear God, please forgive us for the ways we don’t acknowledge that the government is established by you to accomplish your purposes on earth.  Heal us, we pray, and hear our prayer...

Silent meditation 
Teach us to do what is good in your eyes to support those who are in authority over us. Hear our prayer...

Silent meditation
Keep us from taking vengeance into our own hands. Guide and protect the State in exercising justice in your name.  Hear our prayer...

Silent meditation
Holy Spirit, guide our hearts and our actions into justice before you. Hear our prayer... 

Silent meditation

Heavenly Father, forgive us for thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. Help us not to grumble against our governors, but to give our finances, respect and honor willingly and humbly so that the authorities can carry out your work as you appoint it. Hear our prayer...

Silent Meditation

Declaration of forgiveness              Isaiah 9:5-7

For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Instrumental response of thanksgiving          Patient Kingdom       Audio          by Sandra McCracken, Gareth Davies-Jones, Sarah Masen

Let my soul rise up to meet You
As the day rises to the sun
Let my soul rise up to meet You
Let that patient kingdom come

When’s the last time you felt steady in the chaos?
Hear the sound when the seed falls to earth
Is it time to give up your destination?
Slow me down, let love do its work

Let my soul rise up to meet You
As the day rises to the sun
Let my soul rise up to meet You
Let that patient kingdom come

As the trees and hummingbirds lead the chorus
They work so hard, and their center so still
Is it time for a change in direction?
Slow me down where I bend to Your will

Let my soul rise up to meet You
As the day rises to the sun
Let my soul rise up to meet You
Let that patient kingdom come

Slow me down
Slow me down
Let love do its work

Let my soul rise up to meet You
As the day rises to the sun
Let my soul rise up to meet You
Let that patient kingdom come


* Scripture   Romans 13:1-8            The scripture passage will be read on the sermon audio.   

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Reader:  The Word of the Lord
All:  Thanks be to God!


Sermon          For Such a Time As This           Audio             Pastor Andrew VanderMaas 

A Hierarchy
A Ministry
A Submission


Prayers of the People             Wednesday's prayer email

Offertory             The Earth Shall Know     Urban Doxology                Give securely online.     

Crown Him with Many Crowns              Trinity Hymnal 295         score            audio of songs and benediction

Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
hark! how the heav'nly anthem drowns
all music but its own:
awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified:
no angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of peace;
whose pow'r a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
absorbed in prayer and praise:
his reign shall know no end;
and round his pierced feet
fair flow'rs of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,
the Potentate of time;
Creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime:
all hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me:
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

Joy to the World!               Trinity Hymnal 195           score         

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heav'n and nature sing,
and heav'n and nature sing
and heav'n, and heav'n and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns:
let men their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

Benediction           Romans 16:19-20        

. . . be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


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Worship musicians

Noel Snyder, piano & song leader
Mark Lundell, bass & song leader
John Bratt, drums