Freedom Sunday
Worship Liturgy
October 4, 2020

Below is the worship liturgy for October 4. 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 10:45AM today.

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

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Here is the recording:


Liturgical Order

Call to Worship
How Can I Keep from Singing
Confession
Assurance of Pardon
Jesus Paid It All
His Mercy Is More

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading: Psalm 72:1-19
What Is Slavery? (Video)

Message:
Redeemed from Oppression and Violence
by Eugene Au

All the Heavens
You Alone Can Rescue
Announcements
Doxology
Benediction

Photo by Benjamin Lambert via Unsplash

Call to Worship
Psalm 9:7-11

The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will govern the peoples with justice.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.

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Confession

Call to Confession:

God calls us to care for those in need:
the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoner. 
He, who is compassionate and gracious,
calls us to share his compassion.  
Trusting in God's great faithfulness and compassion,
let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Prayer of Confession:

Across the barriers that divide race from race:
Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Across the barriers that divide rich from poor:
Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Across the barriers that divide people of different cultures:
Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Across the barriers that divide Christians:
Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Across the barriers that divide men and women, young and old:
Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Confront us, O Christ, with the hidden prejudices and fears that deny and betray our prayers.
Enable us to see the causes of strife,
Remove from us all senses of superiority.
Teach us to grow in unity with all God's children.

Amen.

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Assurance of Pardon
Psalm 103:8-13

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
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

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Psalm 72:1-19

Give the King Your Justice

1 Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!
3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness!
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the
    people,
    give deliverance to the children of the needy
    and crush the oppressor!

5 May they fear you while the sun endures,
    and as long as the moon, throughout all
    generations!
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass
    like showers that water the earth!
7 In his days may the righteous flourish,
    and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth!
9 May desert tribes bow down before him,
    and his enemies lick the dust!
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands   
    render him tribute;
   may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
11 May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations serve him!

12 For he delivers the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their
    life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live;
    may gold of Sheba be given to him!
    May prayer be made for him continually,
    and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
    on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
    may its fruit be like Lebanon;
    and may people blossom in the cities
    like the grass of the field!
17 May his name endure forever,
    his fame continue as long as the sun!
    May people be blessed in him,
    all nations call him blessed!

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
    Amen and Amen!

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Announcements


Baptismal Service October 11

We give thanks for these brothers and sisters proclaiming their faith publicly!

From the Putonghua Congregation:  Lee Pan, Katherine Yu, Li Jun Wang, Elisa Hao, Chi Zhang, Jin Kang Zhang

From the Cantonese Congregation:  Richard Khan, Kitty YW Tsang, Joyce Kwong, Michelle Leung,  David CC Siu, Tina Li, Terry Wong



Doxology

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.