Home Worship - Seventh Sunday of Easter (24 May 2020)
Update Video – 24 May 2020
Call to Worship:
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, To him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, Who thunders with mighty voice.
Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, Whose power is in the heavens. You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise be to God! Our God is all powerful—he is mighty! We are called to proclaim his might! To proclaim his might to the nations, to one another, and to ourselves! Let us proclaim that our God is mighty—Mighty to Save! This is the God we worship this morning.
O God, the King of glory, by your great power you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven. You have called and saved us and have not left us comfortless, but have given us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us. We ask that you exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before. We pray this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen (Based on the Book of Common Prayer)
Music – Mighty to Save:
Scripture: Read Acts 1:6–14
Theological Truth (21 May 2020 was Ascension Day. This theological truth reminds us of the importance of the Ascension): New City Catechism Question #51:
Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?
Answer: Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit (see Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, and 1 John 2:1–2).
Music – Crown Him:
Scripture: Read Psalm 68:1–10, 33–36
Children's Moment – The Fall:
Prayer of Confession:
1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Take a moment to confess your sins to God and pray the following prayer: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. (TGCC Liturgy) Music – How Deep the Father's Love for Us
Assurance of Pardon
To all who earnestly repent of their sins, there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Psalm 103:10–12 tells us: “He does not deal with us as our sins deserve, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; as far as the East is from the West, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Prayer for Financial Stewardship
(Take a moment to pray that we, Berwick Baptist Church, would be good stewards of all of the resources that God has given us. Please note: you can now give by e-transfer. To give via e-transfer, email our financial secretary, Alyson Muzzerall, at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scripture: Read John 17:1–11
Music – Christ is Mine Forevermore:
Pastoral Prayer (Pastor Evan):
Scripture: Read 1 Peter 4:12–14, 5:6–11
Message (Pastor Andrew):
Music – All Glory be to Christ:
Gracious God, thank you for this time of worship this morning. Bless each of us during this week ahead. Help us to serve you by serving others. Help us to be your heads and feet, and to bear witness to you in both word and deed. Protect us this week, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who ascensend and is seated at your right hand, forever interceding for us, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Go in peace and serve God boldly, knowing we have a great advocate in heaven, Jesus Christ, who always lives to make intercession for us. Amen.