Worship - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (2 August 2020)
Call to Worship:
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all he has made. The LORD upholds all who fall And lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, And you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand And satisfy the desires of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways And faithful in all he does. The LORD is near to all who call on him, To all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those of those who fear him; He hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, But all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Opening Prayer: Father God, you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness; you are righteous in all your ways; you are good to all; you are near to those who call on you; you watch over those who love you; and you are the great provider, who gives food at the proper time and satisfies the desires of every living thing. God, we are happy to be together this morning to lift up our praise and our worship to you for who you are and for all that you do. Bless this time of worship this morning and impress on our hearts and minds the wonder of your character and deeds. We pray all of this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Music – Doxology and Come Thou Fount:
Children's Moment – Jesus Feeds the 5000:
Prayer for Children and Youth:
(Take a moment to pray for the children and youth who are connected with our church. Pray for the children/youth and their parents during the summer. Pray for Pastor Andrew and the Sunday School teachers and youth leaders who lead Berwick Baptist Church’s ministries to children and youth in our community.)
Scripture: Read Isaiah 55:1–5
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.”
--In the silence of our own hearts, let’s confess our sins to God:
Gracious God, Our sins are too heavy to carry, Too real to hide, And too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, What our hearts can no longer bear, And what has become for us A consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; Open to us a future in which we can be changed; And grant us grace To grow more and more in your likeness and image; Through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen. (Source: The Worship Sourcebook)
Assurance of Pardon:
Hear the Good News:
To all who earnestly repent of their sins, there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Psalm 103:8–12 tells us: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat 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 love towards those who fear him; as far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Thanks be to God.
Music – How Deep the Father's Love for Us:
Pastoral Prayer (Pastor Evan):
New City Catechism #19:
Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favour?
Answer: Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer (Isaiah 53:10–11).
Scripture: Read Matthew 14:13–21
Message (Pastor Evan):
Music – His Mercy Is More:
Merciful God, thank you for this time of worship together this morning. We praise you as the great provider. Bless throughout this coming week and keep us safe, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Benediction
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Virtual Worship – 2 August 2020 (Sunday Service in One Video):