Liturgy for Home Worship

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Moment of silent meditation  

Psalm 119:97 Oh how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day. (Psalmist)

Matthew 5:17  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Jesus)

I Timothy 1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully ... (Paul)

G O D  C A L L S  U S  T O  W O R S H I P

Call to worship   Isaiah 43:1-3a                                                

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

* Praise to the Lord, the Almighty           Trinity Hymnal 53       Sheet music    Audio

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
now to his temple draw near,
join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
how thy desires e'er have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee!
Surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
ponder anew
what the Almighty will do,
if with his love he befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee,
decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee.
How oft in grief
hath not he brought thee relief,
spreading his wings to o'ershade thee!

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen
sound from his people again;
gladly fore'er we adore him.

Prayer of adoration


G O D  C A L L S  U S  T O  R E N E W A L

Call to confession   Exodus 20:1-3

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Prayer of confession 

Declaration of forgiveness   John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 

Received into Membership today

Janice Kerr
Doug & Lori Herrema
David & Nicky DeBoer and Garret, Avery, Evan, & Katie
Tim & Lisa Tjapkes and Peter & Joe  
Ron Kragt & Alix Kayayan and Evie & Henry
David & Sara Hopson and Miriam, Sofia & Alex

Baptized 

Peter Tjapkes and Joseph Tjapkes, covenant sons of Tim & Lisa

Fairest Lord Jesus   Trinity Hymnal 170          Sheet music            Audio

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
and all the twinkling, starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heav'n can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and for evermore be thine.

 G O D ’ S  W O R D  G I V E N  T O  U S

 Scripture reading                     Exodus 20:22–26; Exodus 23:10–19  

22 And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it. 26 And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’

23:10 “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

12 “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

13 “Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.

14 “Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me. 15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. None shall appear before me empty-handed. 16 You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. 17 Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord God.

18 “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the fat of my feast remain until the morning.

19 “The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

 Prayer

Sermon                      Freedom's Book                               Audio                                                 Pastor Andrew VanderMaas

Free to Worship

Free to Rest

D E D I C A T I N G  O U R S E L V E S  T O  G O D

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd, I’ve All that I Need        Sheet music      Audio

The Lord is my Shepherd
I’ve all that I need
He makes me lie down
Where the pastures are green

Beside quiet waters
He leads me to rest
And guides me on paths
Of His righteousness

This He has done His great name to display:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen

Though I walk through the valley
The shadow of death
Because You are with me
No evil I dread

Your rod and Your staff
Ever comfort my soul
In banquets of mercy
My cup overflows

This He has done His great name to display:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen

He refreshes my soul…

Surely your goodness and glorious grace
Will follow me closely in all of my ways
I’ll dwell in the house of the Lord all my days
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen”

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Offertory:  My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62)       piano      by Sandra MacCracken      Audio

Oh my God hear my cry
From the depths I call out to you
You give your mercy and light
In the dark, in the wilderness

Chorus
My soul finds rest in God alone
My salvation comes from him
My soul finds rest, God is my home
I will not be shaken, I will not be shaken.

You are my shield and my strength
Train my feet for this battle
Our God is mighty to save
I will wait, I will wait for him                Chorus

O my strength, I sing praise to you
O my strength, I sing praise to you
Joy or pain, I sing praise to you
Night or day, I sing praise to you               Chorus

 Doxology          Audio

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.

Benediction            

 

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Worship musicians

Online
Benjamin Scofield, song leader
Thomas Scofield, song leader and guitar
Ben Feikema, song leader and mandolin
Susan Guerra, piano
Salome Neele and Ben Seneker (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty)
Scofield family (Doxology)

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