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Use this PDF version of the service that includes the Christ Kids Worship icons if those would be helpful for your kids as you have your time of home worship today. 

Welcome                  by videoSusan Guerra, Director of Music & Arts

 

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

Call to worship   Psalm 136:1, 4-5, 23, 25-26
Regular type spoken by one;       bold type spoken by all.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

This Is My Father’s World       Trinity Hymnal 111      Sheet music        Audio
This is my Father's world,
And to my list'ning ears,
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world,
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere. 

This is my Father's world,
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heav'n be one.

Prayer of adoration 

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. 
Amen.

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

Call to confession              Jeremiah 24:7
I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.  

Prayer of confession   followed by silent confession

Declaration of forgiveness   Colossians 1:13-14
He [the Father] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Joy to the World!           Trinity Hymnal 195            Sheet music        Audio
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.

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

Scripture   1 Kings 20:1-4,13-15, 22-30, 35-43        The passage will not be read on the video.
Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together. Thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and closed in on Samaria and fought against it. And he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, “Thus says Ben-hadad: ‘Your silver and your gold are mine; your best wives and children also are mine.’” And the king of Israel answered, “As you say, my lord, O king, I am yours, and all that I have.”

And behold, a prophet came near to Ahab king of Israel and said, “Thus says the Lord, Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will give it into your hand this day, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” And Ahab said, “By whom?” He said, “Thus says the Lord, By the servants of the governors of the districts.” Then he said, “Who shall begin the battle?” He answered, “You.” Then he mustered the servants of the governors of the districts, and they were 232. And after them he mustered all the people of Israel, seven thousand.

Then the prophet came near to the king of Israel and said to him, “Come, strengthen yourself, and consider well what you have to do, for in the spring the king of Syria will come up against you.”

And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, “Their gods are gods of the hills, and so they were stronger than we. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. And do this: remove the kings, each from his post, and put commanders in their places, and muster an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot. Then we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.” And he listened to their voice and did so.

In the spring, Ben-hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. And the people of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went against them. The people of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Syrians filled the country. And a man of God came near and said to the king of Israel, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The Lord is a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’” And they encamped opposite one another seven days. Then on the seventh day the battle was joined. And the people of Israel struck down of the Syrians 100,000 foot soldiers in one day. And the rest fled into the city of Aphek, and the wall fell upon 27,000 men who were left.

Ben-hadad also fled and entered an inner chamber in the city.

And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his fellow at the command of the Lord, “Strike me, please.” But the man refused to strike him. Then he said to him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have gone from me, a lion shall strike you down.” And as soon as he had departed from him, a lion met him and struck him down. Then he found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” And the man struck him—struck him and wounded him.So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way, disguising himself with a bandage over his eyes. And as the king passed, he cried to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle, and behold, a soldier turned and brought a man to me and said, ‘Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” The king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” Then he hurried to take the bandage away from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.’” And the king of Israel went to his house vexed and sullen and came to Samaria.

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

Prayer       

Sermon

       

          (Home Worship Guide outline) 
          And you shall know                    Pastor Addison Hawkins
                     Sovereign Power
                     Sovereign Plan
                     Sovereign Promise

          (Worship at 2500 Breton outline ) 
          God of the hills ... and the plains!                 
Pastor Andrew VanderMaas
                     Current Story
                     Continuing Story
                     Completed Story

Questions for further thought/discussion:

  1. In what ways does God’s unexpected mercy to Ahab work against the notion that people get what they deserve?  How might we apply this specifically during these days of COVID-19? 
  2. Are there ways that you can identify that you fall prey to “Syrian thinking” (i.e. that God is God over one thing but not over something else.)? 
  3. In what ways does God’s continual use of the weak and the small to shame and defeat the strong and mighty shift our expectations for how God works? In what areas of your life has God revealed this upside down Kingdom reality? How does the truth that God uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong encourage you?
  4. More to the point, v. 27 gives us a great picture of this "The people of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Syrians filled the country.” What are some ways you feel like a little flock of goats assembled before a great enemy? What promises does God reveal to us through this passage, and others, for our confidence in Him and his plans?
  5. God’s justice is on display here in this chapter both with the prophet killed in vv. 35-37 and in the rebuke for sparing Ben-Hadad’s life (v. 42).  This can be a difficult concept to accept.   Can you name some things in this world that cry out for justice? How does the cross help us to see both the justice and mercy of God more clearly?
  6. Jesus is central to all things. Can you see how Jesus fulfills what no king or prophet could ever do or be? How does Jesus’ royal kingly reign impact the way you engage with and navigate this world and this time?

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

Before the Throne of God Above            Sheet music          Audio for both songs
Before the throne of God above
I have one strong and perfect plea. 
A great High Priest whose name is Love;
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands;
my name is written on his heart. 
I know that while in heaven he stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the wrong within,
Upward I look and see him there;
who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died;
my sinful soul is counted free.
For God, the Just is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me,
to look on him and pardon me.  

Behold him there!  The Risen Lamb;
my perfect spotless Righteousness. 
The great unchangeable I Am;
the King of Glory and of grace.
One with Himself I cannot die;
my soul is purchased by his blood.
My life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ my Savior and my God,
with Christ my Savior and my God.

Crown Him with Many Crowns       Trinity Hymnal 295   Verses 1 & 2       Sheet music
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.

Prayers of the People          Link to the prayer letter.

Tithes and offerings of the church         Give securely online.
Offertory   How Deep the Father’s Love for Us          by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
how vast beyond all measure
that He should give His only Son
to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss.
The Father turns His face away
as wounds which mar the Chosen One
bring many sons to glory.

I will not boast in anything:
no gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ:
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Doxology   Trinity Hymnal 731       Sheet music     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                 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.

 Percussion time!  Find something in your house to tap out a beat as you sing the Amen song! 

And All the People Said Amen!      Sheet music     Audio
And all the people said Amen, oh,
And all the people said Amen!
Give thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.
And all the people said Amen!

 

 

Worship musicians
Guerra family
Jaci & Margaret Yasugi, violins (online offertory)
Scofield family (online Doxology)

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