Sunday Worship Liturgy
June 21, 2020


Please watch this welcome message from Pastor Jason, which explains the changes to our online liturgy as it moves towards integrating our worship together through Zoom:



Below is the worship liturgy for June 21. If you are unable to join us at 9:00AM for our live worship through Zoom, you are invited to walk through this liturgy individually or together with your family.

While we cannot meet together at our church building, we continue to live and act as the church through our collective worship of God. May this liturgy continue to bless you and encourage you in the worship of the Lord. The video of the worship service, which will span approximately 90 minutes in its entirety will be posted by noon, 12:00PM later today.

You're always welcome to join us live, every Sunday at 9:00am

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Happy Fathers' Day!

...“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

The Parable of the Lost Son: Luke 15:20-24 NIV
Painting: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt van Rijn

Liturgical Order

This is the order of our worship today:

Call to Worship: Psalm 63:1-8
Ancient of Days
Lament: Psalm 85:1-8
I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130)
Assurance: 1 John 1:5-9
Good Good Father

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading: Lamentations 4:1-22

Sermon: Then and Now by Pastor Alex

My Hope is Built (Solid Rock)
Announcements
The Steadfast Love & Doxology
Benediction




Photo: Reykjavík by Akira Hojo via Unsplash

Call to Worship
Psalm 63:1-8 ESV

Take a moment to be still before entering into a time of worship (consider pausing the video if you need more time).

1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

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Lament
Psalm 85:1-8 ESV

God hears our laments. Trust that as you turn to God, our Heavenly Father hears the cries of our hearts.
 

1
Lord, you were favorable to your land;
     you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
     you covered all their sin. 
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
     you turned from your hot anger.

4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
     and put away your indignation toward us!
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
     Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
     that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
     and grant us your salvation.

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
    but let them not turn back to folly.

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Assurance
1 John 1:5-9 ESV

We have been given this good news.

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Lamentations 4:1-22 ESV

The Holy Stones Lie Scattered

1 How the gold has grown dim,
    how the pure gold is changed!
  The holy stones lie scattered
    at the head of every street.

2 The precious sons of Zion,
    worth their weight in fine gold,
  how they are regarded as earthen pots,
    the work of a potter's hands!

3 Even jackals offer the breast;
    they nurse their young;
  but the daughter of my people has become cruel,
    like the ostriches in the wilderness.

4 The tongue of the nursing infant sticks
    to the roof of its mouth for thirst;
  the children beg for food,
    but no one gives to them.

5 Those who once feasted on delicacies
    perish in the streets;
  those who were brought up in purple
    embrace ash heaps.

6 For the chastisement of the daughter of my people
  has been greater
    than the punishment of Sodom,
  which was overthrown in a moment,
    and no hands were wrung for her.

7 Her princes were purer than snow,
    whiter than milk;
  their bodies were more ruddy than coral,
    the beauty of their form was like sapphire.

8 Now their face is blacker than soot;
    they are not recognized in the streets;
  their skin has shriveled on their bones;
    it has become as dry as wood.

9 Happier were the victims of the sword
    than the victims of hunger,
  who wasted away, pierced
    by lack of the fruits of the field.

10 The hands of compassionate women
    have boiled their own children;
  they became their food
    during the destruction of the daughter of my
  people.

11 The Lord gave full vent to his wrath;
    he poured out his hot anger,
  and he kindled a fire in Zion
    that consumed its foundations.

12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
    nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
  that foe or enemy could enter
    the gates of Jerusalem.

13 This was for the sins of her prophets
    and the iniquities of her priests,
  who shed in the midst of her
    the blood of the righteous.

14 They wandered, blind, through the streets;
    they were so defiled with blood
  that no one was able to touch
    their garments.

15 “Away! Unclean!” people cried at them.
    “Away! Away! Do not touch!”
  So they became fugitives and wanderers;
    people said among the nations,
    “They shall stay with us no longer.”

16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
    he will regard them no more;
  no honor was shown to the priests,
    no favor to the elders.

17 Our eyes failed, ever watching
    vainly for help;
  in our watching we watched
    for a nation which could not save.

18 They dogged our steps
    so that we could not walk in our streets;
  our end drew near; our days were numbered,
    for our end had come.

19 Our pursuers were swifter
    than the eagles in the heavens;
  they chased us on the mountains;
    they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.

20 The breath of our nostrils, the Lord's anointed,
    was captured in their pits,
  of whom we said, “Under his shadow
    we shall live among the nations.”

21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
    you who dwell in the land of Uz;
  but to you also the cup shall pass;
    you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare.

22 The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of
  Zion, is accomplished;
    he will keep you in exile no longer;
  but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will
  punish;
    he will uncover your sins.

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Announcements

  • Kids Summer Day Camps

    4 Weeks in August, 20 kids max. per week.

    This is planned for families who must work in person outside the home.  Application deadline is June 30


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    A new reflection from Pastor Simon Lee on the definition and importance of Kindness


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  • Women as Elders Questionnaire #2

    In place of the cancelled Town Hall Meeting #2 due to social distancing, a new questionnaire has been prepared to hear your further thoughts and comments. We also invite you to connect with the committee directly if you would like to engage in continued conversation.


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  • Diving Deeper:  Sermon Discussions

    Something new you're all invited to:  a weekly 45-minute discussion to marinate on the sermon and Scripture text from the previous Sunday. 


    Every Monday at 7:00pm

    Led by Pastor Jason


    The theme for this series: 

    Learning to Lament


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