April 6 2014 Worship

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Jesus is the light of the world.  We continue our short series, “Who is Jesus,” this week as we look into this claim of Christ.  Hebrews tells us Jesus is the final revelation.  The Son reveals the Father.  Scripture reveals the Son.  All of this works together through what we call general and special revelation to show forth God’s grace.  Mankind has rejected the Lord of all creation even though the world around us is enough evidence of Him deserving our worship.  Salvation comes to us through Christ as revealed in Scripture, and through it, we are able to see the infinite holiness, purity, goodness, and kindness of our God.  Jesus is the light of the world because through Him the entirety of our existence makes sense.  Without Christ we walk in darkness and remain blinded to true reality.  Apart from Christ, men think they understand how this world works, but Christ sheds light on the true reality that God is above all.

Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

The Song of Ascent: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

The Call to Worship: Psalm 136:1-3

The Song of Praise: Before the Throne of God Above

The Prayer of Confession: Psalm 139:23-24

(A time of silent confession before God)

The Promise of Forgiveness: 1 Timothy 2:5-6

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 54-56

Leader:  What do you believe concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ?

People: That the Son of God from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to himself by his Spirit and word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am and forever shall remain, a living member thereof.

Leader: What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?

People: First, that all and every one, who believes, being members of Christ, are in common, partakers of him, and of all his riches and gifts; secondly, that every one must know it to be his duty, readily and cheerfully to employ his gifts, for the advantage and salvation of other members.

Leader: What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?

People: That God, for the sake of Christ’s satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither my corrupt nature, against which I have to struggle all my life long; but will graciously impute to me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never be condemned before the tribunal of God.

The Song of Rejoicing: Soon and Very Soon

The Scripture Reading: John 8:1-59

The Response of Praise

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!

The Benediction

March 30 2014 Worship

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For the next 4 Sundays we will look toward Christ as we prepare to celebrate His resurrection on April 20.  Granted, we do celebrate the resurrection every Lord’s day, but we set aside a special Sunday each year, known to all as Easter, as a day to focus all attention directly on this spectacularly miraculous work.  As we move toward that day, we will examine the words of Christ in John.

This Sunday we look at Christ as the bread of life.  The imagery of bread paints a picture of the Spiritual reality to which the fall blinded mankind.  We consume bread.  We are filled by bread.  We enjoy bread.  We find joy in passing by a bakery with freshly baked bread.  We are satisfied when our bellies are full especially when the meal contained bread.  Personally, I find any diet that removes bread or  even restricts the intake of bread loathsome.

Christ, of course, speaks Spiritually when He identifies Himself as the bread of life.  We were created to enjoy Him forever, and I am fully convinced that we can have more joy in Him than we ever have in bread during life on this fallen earth.  The Spiritual reality of what Christ has in store for us is always eternally better.  It is always more than we would ask for or even imagine possible.  And it is ours in Christ.

Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

The Song of Ascent: O Worship the King

The Call to Worship: Psalm 66:5

The Song of Praise: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

The Prayer of Confession: Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:4; John 6:35

Leader: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.

People: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

All:       Jesus, You are the bread of life.  We come to you that we might not hunger.  We believe in you that we might not thirst.  We feed on You that we might receive eternal life.  Hear and forgive us, we pray, as we confess our sin now.

(A time of silent confession before God)

The Promise of Forgiveness: Galatians 4:4-7

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 53

Leader: What do you believe concerning the Holy Ghost?

People: First, that he is true and coeternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that he is also given me, to make me by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all his benefits, that he may comfort me and abide with me for ever.

The Song of Rejoicing: How Firm a Foundation

The Scripture Reading: John 6:1-71

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Benediction

March 23 2014 Worship

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We finish up the book of Acts this week and we see the Lord pursuing His people in Malta.  This pursuit of God ought to encourage us in many ways as it confirms the words of Christ that He will lose none of those whom the Father has given Him.  We are held secure in the arms of our beloved Savior.  The stories in the last chapter of Acts summarize the entire message of Acts.  As the Creator pursues His Church through the person and work of Christ, not everyone who hears this message of hope will believe, but those who do will be held eternally secure as a child of the sovereign King of all creation.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Call to Worship: Psalm 99:9

Song of Praise: Pearly Gates

Corporate Confession: Hebrews 10:19-22

All: High and holy God, we are not worthy to approach Your throne, but we come boldly through faith in Christ to confess our sin and seek Your forgiveness.  We have openly sinned against You by not loving our neighbor and idolizing ourselves.  We have sinned in secret in ways too numerous to recount them all to You now. Wash us clean through the blood of Christ, draw near to us, and receive us as beloved children.  We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

(A time of silent confession before God)

Promise of Forgiveness: Hebrews 10:10-14

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 50-52

Leader: Why is it added, “and sits at the right hand of God”?

People: Because Christ is ascended into heaven for this end, that he might appear as head of his church, by whom the Father governs all things.

Leader: What profit is this glory of Christ, our head, unto us?

People: First, that by his Holy Spirit he pours out heavenly graces upon us his members; and then that by his power he defends and preserves us against all enemies.

Leader: What comfort is it to you that “Christ shall come again to judge the quick and the dead”?

Answer: That in all my sorrows and persecutions, I, with uplifted head, look for the very same person, who before offered himself for my sake, to the tribunal of God, and has removed all curse from me, to come as judge from heaven: who shall cast all his and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, but shall translate me with all his chosen ones to himself, into heavenly joys and glory.

Song of Rejoicing: There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

Scripture Reading: Acts 28:1-31

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

March 16 2014 Worship

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Paul’s journey to Rome begins in Acts 27.  It was a rough journey that involves a shipwreck, but all along the way, it is the Lord who preserves him. While we have not all experienced a shipwreck, we do believe the Lord is preserving our lives daily as well.  We thank the Lord for our daily bread regularly based on this truth, and we let Him know our requests in hopes of receiving the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Knowing God’s power and believing His promises help us persevere as we await the day for which He is holding us.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: Draw My Soul To Thee 

Call to Worship: Psalm 105:1-3

Song of Praise: Help My Unbelief  

Corporate Confession: Exodus 20:1-3

(A time of silent confession before God)

Promise of Forgiveness: John 10:11,18, 27-29

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 46-49

Leader: How do you understand these words, “he ascended into heaven”?

People: That Christ, in sight of his disciples, was taken up from earth into heaven; and that he continues there for our interest, until he comes again to judge the quick and the dead.

Leader: Is not Christ then with us even to the end of the world, as he has promised?

People: Christ is very man and very God; with respect to his human nature, he is no more on earth; but with respect to his Godhead, majesty, grace and spirit, he is at no time absent from us.

Leader: But if his human nature is not present, wherever his Godhead is, are not then these two natures in Christ separated from one another?

People: Not at all, for since the Godhead is without limit and omnipresent, it must necessarily follow that the same is beyond the limits of the human nature he assumed, and yet is nevertheless in this human nature, and remains personally united to it.

Leader: Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension into heaven?

People: First, that he is our advocate in the presence of his Father in heaven; secondly, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, as the head, will also take up to himself, us, his members; thirdly, that he sends us his Spirit as an earnest, by whose power we “seek the things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God, and not things on earth.”

Song of Rejoicing: Nothing But the Blood

Scripture Reading: Acts 27:1-44

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

March 9 2014 Worship

WorshipFestus gives what was probably a common response to Paul in his day when he says, “Paul, you are out of your mind,” in Acts 26:24.  Paul explains Christ’s power over death shown forth in the resurrection, and Festus stands astonished that such an educated man would hold to a preposterous belief like this.  Paul carries on, though, knowing that preaching Christ crucified is, “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians 1:23)

Paul continued forward in the hope that, “it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those  who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21).  It was not for Paul to explain every intricate detail of how God did what He did.  Paul’s role was to proclaim what God did and why He did it as given to him from the Old Testament witness.  He fulfilled his role, and we believe the message God gave through him.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: Jesus, I Long for Thee

Call to Worship: Psalm 100

Song of Praise: Jesus the God of Grace (for lyrics, see #599 on this page)

Corporate Confession: (A time of silent confession before God)

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Promise of Forgiveness: Titus 3:5-6

Leader: “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,” 

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 45

Leader: What does the “resurrection” of Christ profit us?

People: First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of that righteousness which he had purchased for us by his death; secondly, we are also by his power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.

Song of Rejoicing: Be Thou My Vision

Scripture Reading: Acts 25:13-27 and Acts 26:1-32

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

3/2/14 Worship Preparation

Paul appeals to Caesar in Acts 25:1-27, and it seems that all the leaders who hear Paul’s case agree that he has done nothing deserving death.  Only the Jews disagree and they ask a favor of Festus against Paul.  They asked simply for Festus to “summon him (Paul) to Jerusalem.”  It was their intention to ambush Paul and kill him.  As we have seen over and over again in Acts, Paul has the favor of God, who is sovereign over the will of men.

The reader of Acts should not be surprised that Festus declines the request of the Jews in favor of having Paul face his accusers in Caesarea.  While evil continually pursues God’s elect, it has no authority over them and their course of life.  The Lord told Paul in chapter 23 that he would testify to the facts about Christ in Rome, and every step of the way Paul is protected.  Festus begins the fulfillment of the Lord’s words when he says, “to Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”  The God who made us leaves nothing outside of His control.  Take comfort in this.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: Come Boldly to the Throne

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-2

Song of Praise: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Corporate Confession: (A time of silent confession before God)

Promise of Forgiveness: Colossians 1:13-14

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 40-42

Leader: What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?

People: That by virtue thereof, our old man is crucified, dead and buried with him; that so the corrupt inclinations of the flesh may no more reign in us; but that we may offer ourselves unto him a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Leader: Why is there added, “he descended into hell”?

People: That in my greatest temptations, I may be assured, and wholly comfort myself in this, that my Lord Jesus Christ, by his inexpressible anguish, pains, terrors, and hellish agonies, in which he was plunged during all his sufferings, but especially on the cross, has delivered me from the anguish and torments of hell.

Song of Rejoicing: The Christian’s Hope Can Never Fail

Scripture Reading: Acts 25:1-27

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

2/23/14 Worship Preparation

In Acts 24:22-27 Felix makes the decision to keep Paul in prison even after Festus takes his place.  Paul has been in chains for over 2 years as we come to the end of chapter 24.  The man who could set him free, Felix, while “having an accurate knowledge of the Way”, does not manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit of the living God.  His work of the flesh is evident and proves out to be rooted in the love of money.

Scripture urges us to not be deceived by sin.  Surely the words of Jesus move the true child of God when He says, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do what I tell you?”  We are indeed forgiven and death is not at work in us, but rather it is life working in us.  The love of money is the root of all kinds of evils and will cause us to do things that others on the outside looking in will clearly see as evil.  It the ministry of the Holy Spirit that enables us to see the sin in our lives and repent.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit of God moves us toward a joyous life on this earth while preparing us for an eternity with our Creator.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: How Firm a Foundation

Call to Worship: Psalm 64:10

Song of Praise: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Corporate Confession:
Taken from John 6:28-29, 1 John 1:9, Acts 16:30-31

Leader:   What must we do, to be doing the works of God?

People:    This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.

Leader:   What must we do to be saved?

People:    Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.

(A time of silent confession before God)

Promise of Forgiveness: Acts 15:10-11

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 40-42

Leader: Why was it necessary for Christ to humble himself even “unto death”

People: Because with respect to the justice and truth of God, satisfaction for our sins could be made no other way than by the death of the Son of God.

Leader: Why was he also “buried”?

People: Thereby to prove that he was really dead.

Leader: Since then Christ died for us, why must we also die?

People: Our death is not a satisfaction for our sins, but only an abolishing of sin, and a passage into eternal life.

Song of Rejoicing: Soon and Very Soon

Scripture Reading: Acts 24:22-27

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

If you are a musician, read this

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Musicians Needed

We are searching for a musician to help out on during Sunday morning worship services.  If you play guitar or piano (or some other instrument that would be good for leading in worship) get in touch with us.  We’ve included some details about us below, but for more information or to indicate your interest in the position, contact rick@christcommunityspringville.com.

What time does worship begin/end? Our worship service begins at 10 am each Sunday.  We usually end worship by 11:15.

What is expected of this role? This individual will accompany our other musicians during worship.  There may be a few Sundays throughout the year where you are the only instrument.

What type of music does Christ Community typically utilize? We use a mixture of traditional hymns such as Praise to the Lord, the Almighty or Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing along with music from sources such as Indelible Grace, Red Mountain Music, and The Gettys.  In general we look for music that sets a tone of reverence and joy while proclaiming truth.  Music is not worship, but is a tool used in worship through which we respond to the Lord’s call.

2/16/14 Worship Preparation

We turn to Acts 24 this week where the Jews proclaim Paul to be a plague who stirs up riots among Jews throughout the world.  The truth is indeed a plague to fallen men, and this is why Jesus told us we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33).  Those who are unable to see the kingdom (John 3:3) are in the flesh and unable to please God (Romans 8:8), but those of us in the Spirit have life (Romans 8:9-11), which enables us to stand firm as Paul does in Acts 24 when he proclaims truth in the midst of adversity.  We stand firm with an everlasting hope that we live not for this world, but for the life to come where there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain! (Revelation 21:4).

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through the Word, prayer, and sacrament in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Call to Worship: Psalm 33:1-5

Song of Praise: Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (lyrics)

Corporate Confession:

All: Our Father in heaven, we confess that we have disobeyed You and done what is evil in Your sight.  We have deceived ourselves and considered our sin of little consequence.  We know that our sin is against You alone and we deserve Your just condemnation.  Hear our prayer of confession, Father, and judge us by the righteousness of Christ as You promised in Your covenant.  This is our only hope and peace.

Promise of Forgiveness: Romans 4:5

The Sacrament of Baptism

Song of Rejoicing: Friend of Sinners (lyrics)

Scripture Reading: Acts 24:1-21

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Worship Preparation – February 9, 2014

We return to Acts this week as we continue with the story of the early church in chapter 23.  We took a hiatus from Acts at the start of Advent as Paul was about to be taken to Caesarea.  We return to the story at the point in which Paul’s nephew is the Lord’s means of protection for Paul.  In this way, God ensured Paul would “testify also in Rome” as he had testified in Jerusalem.

Come worship with us this Sunday as the Lord strengthens the faith of His people at Christ Community.

Song of Ascent: Nothing But the Blood

Call to Worship: Isaiah 45:22-23

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

Song of Praise: Great is Thy Faithfulness

Corporate Confession: Psalm 32:1-2

Leader: Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

People: whose sin is covered.

Leader: Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

People: and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Promise of Forgiveness: Acts 13:38-39; Psalm 150:1-2

Leader: “…through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”

People: “Praise the Lord! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!”

Affirmation of Faith:  The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 37-39

Leader: What do you understand by the words, “He suffered”?

People: That he, all the time that he lived on earth, but especially at the end of his life, sustained in body and soul, the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind: that so by his passion, as the only propitiatory sacrifice, he might redeem our body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, righteousness and eternal life.

Leader: Why did he suffer “under Pontius Pilate, as judge”?

People: That he, being innocent, and yet condemned by a temporal judge, might thereby free us from the severe judgment of God to which we were exposed.

Leader: Is there anything more in his being “crucified”, than if he had died some other death?

People: Yes there is; for thereby I am assured, that he took on him the curse which lay upon me; for the death of the cross was accursed of God.

Song of Rejoicing: What Wondrous Love is This

Scripture Reading: Acts 23:12-35

The Sacrament of Communion

The Response of Praise

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,  Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!