This liturgy comes from the Sunday morning service on May 24, 2015 at LaGrange Baptist Church in LaGrange, Kentucky | Worship Pastor: Dr. Joe Crider
Song – Doxology - Thomas Ken
Call to Worship
We’ve just been reminded to praise God…the giver of all blessings. That God is worth of our praise…from all of us here in this room, and people all over the earth. And we praise God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. May our minds’ attention and hearts’ affection be riveted on Jesus Christ, the autho and perfecter of our faith. Listen to the words from the prophet Isaiah from Isaiah 40:28:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
May I invite you to stand and let’s sing to our God…the Creator of the ends of the earth…the Everlasting God!
Our God is the everlasting God…In that same chapter of Isaiah, chapter 40, God says:
Who will you compare Me to,
or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.
Look up and see: who created these?
He brings out the starry host by number;
He calls all of them by name.
Because of His great power and strength,
not one of them is missing.
As we gather this morning, part of the wonder and the joy and the beauty of a worshiping together as a family of faith in this church, is that we remind each other of the greatness of God.
Our hearts and minds, that have been bombarded by the media and the world need to be recalibrated to the truth of the real story of the universe…the true story of the meaning and purpose of life.
That story is the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ. May it be that we are more and more amazed by Jesus! Let’s sing!
As we stand Amazed in the presence of the perfect, Holy One, Jesus Christ.
Each of us in this room, are aware of our own frailty…our own sinfulness, and our great need of a great Savior.
Together, as a church family, in the stillness and quietness of our worship…let’s take some moments and ask the Lord to search the portals of our hearts…
And as we do that…listen to the words of David from Psalm 139:
1 Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away.
3 You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, Lord.
5 You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me.
6 This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.
Search our hearts, Lord…
Prayer of Confession:
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We ask that You would create in us a clean heart, O God, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy Name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Lord, we have confessed our sin, and sung of Your amazing grace, and now we remind ourselves that you have said, “if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).”
All unrighteousness. There is no sin left to be forgiven or cleansed. You have cleansed us from all unrighteousness, because, Lord Jesus, you are the propitiation for our sins, you took the wrath of God which our sins deserve and not an ounce is left for us to pay (1 John 2:2). You who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might be the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). We are clothed in Your righteousness and stand before You blameless.
You, the righteous, were put to death in the body for us, the unrighteous, that You might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18)! And You have, You have brought us to God!
Our confidence is in Your blood, Jesus Christ. Our assurance is in Your righteousness. God, we come boldly to You in confidence that Christ has purchased and paved the way to You. Christ, you have brought us into the presence of God. Lord Jesus, You are our anchor behind the veil (Heb. 6:19). Through the tearing of Your body, the curtain was torn in two and we can freely come to God in You (Mark 15:38).
Lord Jesus, You are the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world for us (Rev. 13:8). You are the full and final sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:14, 18). You are the Creator who came for His rebelling creatures (John 1:10-11). And You have promised that whoever comes to You, You will never cast out (John 6:37).
So we come to You in weakness, and You meet us in strength (2 Cor. 12:10-11). We come to You poor, and find that You became poor that we might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). We come to You blind, and You open our eyes to behold Your glory (2 Cor. 3:18).
You have done this in us. Our confidence is in You alone, and what You have done for us.
Isaiah 40:21-27 | "God is So Great - God is So Close"
Song of Response - O Great God – Bob Kauflin