Preparing for Worship: Fifth Sunday after the Resurrection - May 14
God Calls Us to Worship Him
Call to Worship
All: Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Let us bless the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the Lord be praised! (Psalm 113:1-3)
Hymn of Ascension: "Church of God, Behold Your Savior"
Church of God behold your Savior Jesus Christ true royalty Has ascended into heaven to the Father’s majesty Stand in wonder! Stand in wonder! Worship Christ the reigning King! He was sent by God the Father To declare his Kingdom come Signs and wonders without ceasing Prove the prince of darkness done Light has conquered! Light has conquered! Worship Christ the reigning King! Though the powers seized and killed him Three days past he burst the wall Sin and death and hell defeated Hail him now as Lord of all Bow before him! Bow before him! Worship Christ the reigning King!
God Graciously Renews Us in Christ
Confession of Sin
Worship Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Congregation: have mercy upon us. Worship Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Congregation: have mercy upon us. Worship Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Congregation: grant us peace. Forgiveness of Sin Through Christ
Worship Leader: “The Lord has be merciful to us and blessed us.”
Congregation: “May he show us the light of his face and come to us.” (Psalm 67:1)
Hymn of Assurance: "Grace Alone"
Ev'ry promise we can make Ev'ry prayer and step of faith Ev'ry diff'rence we will make Is only by His grace Ev'ry mountain we will climb Ev'ry ray of hope we shine Ev'ry blessing left behind Is only by His grace Grace alone which God supplies Strength unknown He will provide Christ in us our Cornerstone We will go forth in grace alone Ev'ry soul we long to reach Ev'ry heart we hope to teach Ev'rywhere we share His peace Is only by His grace Ev'ry loving word we say Ev'ry tear we wipe away Ev'ry sorrow turned to praise Is only by His grace
Thanking God for what He Has Done
To God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, Three in One, Laud, honor, might, and glory be From age to age eternally. (Doxology) Giving Our Tithes and Offerings Approximately 2% of our church budget goes to support church leaders. Some of these monies are used for training resources (books, conferences), and pastoral hospitality. When you give to Calvary you support these vital ministry of continued ministry to our leaders as they minister to us. Hymn of Thanksgiving: “Grace Greater Than All our Sin” Marvelous grace of our loving Lord Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt Yonder on Calvary's mount out-poured There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt
Grace grace God's grace Grace that will pardon and cleanse within Grace grace God's grace Grace that is greater than all our sin Sin and despair like the sea waves cold Threaten the soul with infinite loss Grace that is greater yes grace untold Points to the refuge the mighty Cross Dark is the stain that we cannot hide What can avail to wash it away Look there is flowing a crimson tide Whiter than snow you may be today Marvelous infinite matchless grace Freely bestowed on all who believe
You that are longing to see His face Will you this moment His grace receive
God Instructs Us through His Word
Scripture Reading: Psalm 76
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah
Glorious are you,
more majestic than the mountains full of prey.
The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
they sank into sleep;
all the men of war were unable to use their hands.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse lay stunned.
But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them;
let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared,
who cuts off the spirit of princes,
who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.
God Nourishes and Feeds Us through His Supper
Worship Leader: Concerning nature and grace. As the Apostle most truly says to those who would be justified by the law and have fallen from grace, “If justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose” (Gal. 2:21), so it is most truly declared to those who imagine that grace, which faith in Christ advocates and lays hold of, is nature: “If justification were through nature, then Christ died to no purpose.” Now there was indeed the law, but it did not justify, and there was indeed nature, but it did not justify. Not in vain did Christ therefore die, so that the law might be fulfilled by him who said, “I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfil them” (Matt. 5:17), and that the nature which had been destroyed by Adam might be restored by him who said that he had come “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
(Council of Orange, Canon 21)