Order of Worship 8-2-2020

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PROVIDENCE CHURCH

   August 2, 2020

 

Passing of the Peace: Though we are separated by distance our hearts are one in Christ. The peace of Christ be with you!

 

Call to worship:   

Pastor: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

People: I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Pastor: The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

People: For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?

Pastor:  Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?  You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

People: You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.

ALL:  The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

 

Songs of Praise

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  (Henry van Dyke, 1907; tune, Beethoven, 1824)

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.

 

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

 

Mortals, join the happy chorus which the morning stars began;

Father-love is reigning o’er us, brother-love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;

Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.

 

Lord I Lift Your Name on High  (Rick Founds, 1989)

Lord, I lift your name on high

Lord, I love to sing your praises

I’m so glad you’re in my life

I’m so glad you came to save us

 

You came from heaven to earth, to show the way

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky,

Lord I lift your name on high (Repeat all)

 

You came from heaven to earth, to show the way

From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay

From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky,

Lord I lift your name on high,

Lord I lift your name on high,

Lord I lift your name on high!

 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus  (Joseph Scriven, 1855; tune Charles Converse, 1868)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry ev’rything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry ev’rything to God in prayer.

 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged: take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—take it to the Lord in prayer!

 

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.

 

Confession/Assurance   

 

Respond in Praise: 

 

Rock of Ages  (Augustus Toplady, 1776; tune James Ward)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood, from thy riven side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure: cleanse me from its guilt and power.

 

Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law’s demands.

Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow,

All for sin could not atone: Thou must save and Thou alone.

 

Nothing in my hands I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress, helpless, look to Thee for grace.

Foul, I to the fountain fly—wash me Savior, or I die.

 

While I draw this fleeting breath, when my eyelids close in death,

When I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on Thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.

 

 

Scripture Reading:    Jonah 1:1-6

This is the Word of the Lord.

 

Sermon: “Sins and Storms”

 

Hymn of Dedication:

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us  (Stuart Townend, 1995)

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,

That He would give His only Son to make a wretch his treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss; the Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen one bring many sons to glory.

 

Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders.

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.

It was his love that held him there, until it was accomplished;

His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished.

 

I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no pow’r no wisdom.

But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer.

But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom.

 

 

Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.  Amen

 

Hymn of Thanksgiving:   

 

Amazing Grace  (John Newton, 1779; tune traditional American melody)

Amazing grace!—how sweet the sound—that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

 

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;

how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

 

Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;

‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

 

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun.

 Benediction