Call to Worship
Psalm 106:1-5
Led by Brendan


Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord, or declare all his praise? Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.

Remember us, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help us when you deliver them;

so that we may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, that we may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that we may glory in your heritage. Praise the Lord!

I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)
Led by Eugene


I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me
A sinner, condemned, unclean

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song will ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows
He made them his very own
And He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song will ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me!

When with ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me!

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song will ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me!

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song will ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me!

“I Stand Amazed” Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, Chris Tomlin. ©sixsteps Music | Vamos Publishing | worshiptogether.com songs.

Confession & Lament
Psalm 106:6-46
Led by Brendan


Both we and our ancestors have sinned; we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.

Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wonderful works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.

We too have rebelled. Forgive us, Lord.

When he saved them from the hand of the foe, they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.

We too have forgotten. Forgive us, Lord.

They had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.

We too have complained. Forgive us, Lord.

They made a calf at Horeb and worshiped a cast image. They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.

We too have worshiped idols. Forgive us, Lord.

They despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise. They grumbled in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the Lord.

We too have grumbled. Forgive us, Lord.

They did not destroy the peoples, as the Lord commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did.

We too have disobeyed. Forgive us, Lord.

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.

Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity.

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

Father, Only In Your Power
Led by Brendan and Eugene


Father, only in Your power
Can we ascend to You
Help us, Father, we are helpless
To pay our righteous due
Lord, have mercy

Jesus, only in Your weakness
Can we your kingdom claim
Help us, Jesus, we are reckless
In self-destruction’s chains

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Spirit, only in Your presence
Can we true union find
Help us, Spirit, we are restless
Our soul’s divisions bind

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us!
Lamb of God,
Slain before the dawn of the world
Have mercy on us!

Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us!
Lamb of God,
Slain before the dawn of the world
Have mercy on us!

Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us!
Lamb of God,
Slain before the dawn of the world
Have mercy on us!

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Our ancient curse we own
Broken in the blood of Adam
The blood of Christ now show

“Father, Only In Your Power” Zac Hicks, Bruce Benedict. ©2013 Unbudding Fig Music | Cardiphonia Music | www.zachicks.com.

Assurance
Psalm 106
Led by Brendan


Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. And let all the people say, “Amen.”

Praise the Lord!

His Mercy Is More
Led by Brendan and Eugene


What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood 'neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more!

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more!
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more!

“His Mercy Is More” Matt Boswell, Matt Papa. ©2016 Getty Music Hymns and Songs | Getty Music Publishing | Love Your Enemies Publishing | Messenger Hymns.

Offering Prayer
Prayed by Pastor Alex


Children's Time
Led by Pastor Karen


Congregational Prayer
Led by John


Scripture Reading
Lamentations 1:1-22
Read by Rachel


1 How lonely sits the city
that was full of people!
How like a widow has she become,
she who was great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the provinces
has become a slave.

2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
among all her lovers
she has none to comfort her;
all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.

3 Judah has gone into exile because of affliction
and hard servitude;
she dwells now among the nations,
but finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.

4 The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to the festival;
all her gates are desolate;
her priests groan;
her virgins have been afflicted,
and she herself suffers bitterly.

5 Her foes have become the head;
her enemies prosper,
because the LORD has afflicted her
for the multitude of her transgressions;
her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.

6 From the daughter of Zion
all her majesty has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.

7 Jerusalem remembers
in the days of her affliction and wandering
all the precious things
that were hers from days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
her foes gloated over her;
they mocked at her downfall.

8 Jerusalem sinned grievously;
therefore she became filthy;
all who honored her despise her,
for they have seen her nakedness;
she herself groans
and turns her face away.

9 Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
she took no thought of her future;
therefore her fall is terrible;
she has no comforter.
“O LORD, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has triumphed!”

10 The enemy has stretched out his hands
over all her precious things;
for she has seen the nations
enter her sanctuary,
those whom you forbade
to enter your congregation.

11 All her people groan
as they search for bread;
they trade their treasures for food
to revive their strength.
“Look, O LORD, and see,
for I am despised.”

12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which the LORD inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger.

13 “From on high he sent fire;
into my bones he made it descend;
he spread a net for my feet;
he turned me back;
he has left me stunned,
faint all the day long.

14 “My transgressions were bound into a yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
the Lord gave me into the hands
of those whom I cannot withstand.

15 “The Lord rejected
all my mighty men in my midst;
he summoned an assembly against me
to crush my young men;
the Lord has trodden as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.

16 “For these things I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for a comforter is far from me,
one to revive my spirit;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed.”

17 Zion stretches out her hands,
but there is none to comfort her;
the LORD has commanded against Jacob
that his neighbors should be his foes;
Jerusalem has become
a filthy thing among them.

18 “The LORD is in the right,
for I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and see my suffering;
my young women and my young men
have gone into captivity.

19 “I called to my lovers,
but they deceived me;
my priests and elders
perished in the city,
while they sought food
to revive their strength.

20 “Look, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my stomach churns;
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.

21 “They heard my groaning,
yet there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
they are glad that you have done it.
You have brought the day you announced;
now let them be as I am.

22 “Let all their evildoing come before you,
and deal with them
as you have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions;
for my groans are many,
and my heart is faint.”

Sermon:  How Lonely Sits the City
Preached by Pastor Jason



Abide With Me (Fast Falls the Eventide)
Led by Brendan


Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, O abide with me

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me

I need Thy presence every passing hour
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow’r?
Who like Thyself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me

Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me

“Abide With Me (Fast Falls the Eventide)” Henry Francis Lyte, William Henry Monk. Public Domain.

Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Led by Eugene and Karen


Mine are days that God has numbered
I was made to walk with Him
Yet I look for worldly treasure
And forsake the King of kings
But mine is hope in my Redeemer
Though I fall, his love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing
I am His forevermore

Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes his work in me

Mine are days here as a stranger
Pilgrim on a narrow way
One with Christ I will encounter
Harm and hatred for his name
But mine is armour for this battle
Strong enough to last the war
And he has said he will deliver
Safely to the golden shore

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore

“Christ Is Mine Forevermore” Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson. ©2016 CityAlight Music.

The Steadfast Love & Doxology
Led by Brendan


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord
Great is Thy faithfulness

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.

“The Steadfast Love”
Edith McNeill
© 1974, 1975 Celebration
CCLI License # 196779

Benediction
Given by Pastor Jason


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Women as Elders Committee Report


Women as Elders Town Hall Meeting #2 on May 31 is postponed to June 14.
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