ORDER OF WORSHIP

March 29, 2020

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

 

OPENING COMMENTS, CALL TO WORSHIP, AND INVOCATION by Pastor Norwood

HYMN OF PRAISE  “Blessed Assurance” with Song Lyrics

 

THE WISDOM KEEPING            by Deacon Tanya Norwood

THE CATECHISM       The Heidelberg Catechism (questions 108-109)

(A Summary of Biblical Teachings in a Question and Answer Format… scripture verses are provided for further individual or small group study.  Our Church ascribes to both the Heidelberg and Westminster Catechisms)

Question: In the Decalogue, what does the seventh commandment teach us?

Answer: That all unchastity is cursed by God [1]. We must therefore detest it from the heart [2] and live chaste and disciplined lives, both within and outside of holy marriage [3].

1 Lev 18:30; Eph 5:3-5. 2 Jude 22, 23. 3 1 Cor 7:1-9; 1 Thess 4:3-8; Heb 13:4.

Question: Does God in this commandment forbid nothing more than adultery and similar shameful sins?
                

Answer: Since we, body and soul, are temples of the Holy Spirit, it is God's will that we keep ourselves pure and holy. Therefore He forbids all unchaste acts, gestures, words, thoughts, desires,[1] and whatever may entice us to unchastity [2].

1 Mt 5:27-29; 1 Cor 6:18-20; Eph 5:3, 4. 2 1 Cor 15:33; Eph 5:18.

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER

Gracious Lord, we come humbly before you acknowledging your grace and mercy, holiness and righteousness.  We come praising you for the blessings you shower upon us each and every day.  Lord make us mindful of your will for us and enable us to walk faithfully, glorifying you with our thoughts, our words, and our deeds.  We ask that you would bless those who are sick, that they may be healed and that those who are caring for them might be strengthened.  Comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones, and give them renewed hope in you. Bring an end to this pandemic, but also help us to grow spiritually even in the midst of it.  Teach us how we can serve you and demonstrate your love and mercy to others who are fearful, lonely, or sick.  Dearest Lord Jesus, bring those who do not yet know you as their Lord and Savior to repentant, saving faith in you.  We pray this in your glorious name. Amen.

HYMN    “It Is Well with My Soul” (Lyrics in Video)

 

THE SERMON The Rev. Pastor J.R. Norwood, PhD  “Focusing on the Eternal Weight of Glory” (Pastor Norwood cited the text incorrectly, it is corrected below)

Sermon Focal Text - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV); 16  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Additional Texts Cited in the Sermon –

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (ESV)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)

Job13:15 (ESV)

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (ESV)

Romans 8:18, 28-30 (ESV)

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)

1 John 3:2 (ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (ESV)

 

GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS  [CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE]

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

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CLOSING BLESSING  Based on Jude 24-25

Now to him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us 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.

“Though You Slay Me” – Shane & Shane featuring John Piper

[Verse 1]
I come, God, I come
Return to the Lord
The one who's broken
The one who's torn me apart
You struck down to bind me up
You say You do it all in love
That I might know You in Your suffering

[Chorus]
Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who's all I need

[Verse 2]
My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I'll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I'll know every tear was worth it all

[Chorus]
Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who's all I need

[Bridge]
Though tonight I'm crying out
Let this cup pass from me now
You're still all that I need
You're enough for me
You're enough for me

[Chorus]
Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who's all I need
Sing a song to the one who's all I need

The Story behind “If You Slay Me”

 

This Week's Devotional Scripture Readings

March’s Theme: “God’s Life-Giving Word of Prayer”

April’s Theme: “God’s Word of Life-Giving Hope”

Sunday: Ezra 8:15-36

Monday: Nehemiah 9:1-25

Tuesday: Nehemiah 9:26-38

Wednesday: Isaiah 40:1-31

Thursday: Isaiah 51:1-23

Friday: Isaiah 52:1-12

Saturday: Isaiah 52:13—53:12

 

To View a Video of Last Sunday's Sermon "A Mighty Fortress" [CLICK HERE]

[CLICK HERE ] To Listen to Pastor Norwood's Sermons

[Click Here] To Listen to the Most Recent "Time for Truth" Adult Sunday School Class

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Live Class Call-In Information...

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to unprecedented high use volume during the pandemic, many conference call services are experiencing difficulty with capacity.  Some users gotten busy signals when calling into our classes. For this reason, we are now also posting on our website recordings of each class that will remain accessible until the next class is conducted (see above for links).  Repeated efforts to dial-in will also typically result in being able to access the live call-in.  Also, if you get a busy signal, you may want to try the following...

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Sunday Time for Truth Classes* will be by conference call at 12 NOON.

Adult Sunday Class Call-In:

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6399

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Youth Sunday ZOOM Meeting Class with Call-In Option:

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Weeknight Bible Study Classes*

Adult Prayer and Study... Wednesday at 6:30PM

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Youth Study...Thursday at 6PM 

Conducted on Zoom Meeting Video Call with Audio Call Option

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Children's Study Resources For kids 4 to 12 years old

Search in web your browser and download "The Bible App for Kids: Interactive Audio & Stories from Life Church" for your computer or mobile device.  Parents or guardians should have their children start at Genesis and do at least one story every Thursday and Sunday and draw a picture from the Bible Story. If they bring in their pictures when we return to the church, they can choose a prize from "the Sunday School Prize Table" for each picture they bring.