Order of Worship, February 28, 2021

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PROVIDENCE CHURCH

February 28, 2021

Welcome

 

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

 

Call to worship:   Psalm 57

Leader:        Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,

for in you my soul takes refuge;  in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,

till the storms of destruction pass by.

 

People:         I cry out to God Most High,

to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

 

Leader:        He will send from heaven and save me;

he will put to shame him who tramples on me.

 

People:        God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

 

Leader:        Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

 

People:        My heart is steadfast, O God,

my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!

 

Leader:        Awake, my glory!

Awake, O harp and lyre!     I will awake the dawn!

 

People:        I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

 

Leader:        For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the clouds.

 

ALL:               Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

 

 

 

 

Songs of Praise:

O for A Thousand Tongues to Sing (Charles Wesley, 1739; tune Carl Glaser)

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace.

 

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

 

Jesus, the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;

‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life and health and peace.

 

He breaks the power of reigning sin, he sets the pris’ner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean, his blood availed for me.

 

He speaks and, listening to his voice, new life the dead receive;

The mournful, broken hearts rejoice; the humble poor believe.

 

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Savior come; and leap, ye lame, for joy.

 

Shout to the North (Martin Smith, 1995  CCLI #1562261)

1.Men of faith, rise up and sing of the great and glorious King.

You are strong when you feel weak; in your brokenness, complete.

 

Chorus: Shout to the north and the south,

Sing to the east and the west.

Jesus is Savior to all,

Lord of heaven and earth.

 

2.Rise up, women of the truth; stand and sing to broken hearts.

Who can know the healing power of our awesome King of love? (Chorus)

 

We’ve been through fire, we’re been through rain,

We’ve been refined by the power of His name.

We’ve fallen deeper in love with You;

You’ve burned the truth on our lips! (Chorus)

 

3.Rise up, Church with broken wings; fill this place with songs again,

Of our God who reigns on high; by His grace again we’ll fly.

 

Shout to the north and the south,

Sing to the east and the west.

Jesus is Savior to all,

Lord of heaven and earth,

He is Lord of heaven and earth,

You are Lord of heaven and earth.

 

Jesus Paid It All (Elvina Hall, 1865; tune John Grape, 1868; Bridge, Kristian Stanfill)

1.I hear the Savior say, “Your strength indeed is small.

Child of weakness, watch and pray; find in Me your all in all.”

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain—he washed it white as snow.

 

2.Lord, now indeed I find your power and yours alone

Can change the leper’s spots, and melt the heart of stone. (Chorus)

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain—he washed it white as snow.

 

3.For nothing good have I whereby your grace to claim—

I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain—he washed it white as snow.

 

Oh praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead! (4X)

 

4.And when, before the Throne, I stand in him complete,

“Jesus died, my soul to save!” my lips shall still repeat.

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain—he washed it white as snow, he washed it white as snow,

He washed it white as snow!

 

Oh praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead! (4X)

 

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain—he washed it white as snow.

 

Confession/Assurance   

 

Respond in Praise:

 

 

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (Dorothy Thrupp, 1836; tune William Bradbury, 1859)

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care;

In thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast bought us, thine we are;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast bought us, thine we are.

 

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, let us early turn to thee;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, let us early turn to thee.

 

We are thine; do thou befriend us, be the guardian of our way;

Keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we pray;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear, O hear us when we pray.

 

 

Scripture Reading:    Matthew 5:33-48

 

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

 

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

 

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

This is the Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God!

Sermon:  ” Letter and Spirit

 

Hymn of Dedication:

Wonderful, Merciful Savior (Eric Wyse & Dawn Rodgers, 1989  CCLI #106879)

Wonderful, merciful Savior, precious Redeemer and Friend,

Who would have thought that a Lamb could rescue the souls of men?

Oh you rescue the souls of men.

 

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper, Spirit we long to embrace,

You offer hope when our hearts have hopelessly lost our way,

Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way.

 

Chorus: You are the One that we praise,

You are the One we adore,

You give the healing and grace our hearts always hunger for,

Oh, our hearts always hunger for.

 

3.Almighty, Infinite Father, faithfully loving your own,

Here in our weakness you find us, falling before your Throne,

Oh we’re falling before your Throne. (Chorus 2X)

(Chorus)

 

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:                                                                                                                       

For the Cause (Keith & Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend, 2016  CCLI #7063750)

1.For the cause of Christ the King we give our lives, an offering,

‘Til all the earth resounds with ceaseless praise to the Son.

For the cause of Christ we go with joy to reap, with faith to sow,

As many see and many put their trust in the Son.

 

Chorus:

Christ we proclaim, the Name above every name:

For all Creation, every nation, God’s salvation through the Son!

 

2.For the King once lifted high to cries of rage, of “Crucify,”

Endured the cross, as every sin was liad on the Son.

To the King who conquered death to free the poor and the oppressed,

For lasting peace, for life and liberty in the Son. (Chorus)

 

3.Let it be my life’s refrain: To live is Christ, to die is gain,

Deny myself, take up my cross and follow the Son. (Repeat)

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 

KNOW

Welcome to Providence Church! We are glad that you are here, joining us in person or via Zoom! We invite you to stop by our Welcome Center where you can receive more information about our church.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the entire service of worship.  We will have

childcare for children up to 6 years of age, upstairs in our new room.

Tithes and Gifts: An offering plate is not passed during the service.  Plates for your tithes and

offerings are located at the back of the sanctuary. If you are joining us via Zoom, your tithes and gifts can be mailed to P.O. Box 65, Clyde.  We thank you for your prayerful financial support for

our church.

Missions

Reminder for the Mountain Area Pregnancy Services (MAPS) Missions opportunity, baby bottle banks are available at the entrance to the sanctuary to assist with giving.  We ask that you sign it out and return it on March 14th.  If you write a check please make it payable to MAPS.

Elders   Jason Edwards and Will Roberts will be ordained and installed as elders during today’s    service

 

 

GROW

Would you like to grow in the joy and work of prayer? Join our women on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 or our men on Thursday mornings. These seasons of weekly prayer are rich in fellowship and in prayers. Want to know more about Women’s Prayer? Contact Linda Roberts. Would you like to join our ZOOM prayer times at 7:30 am Thursday’s call Sam Mitchell and he will send you the link to the meeting.

 

Are you longing to grow in your connection with God through Scripture reading? Pastor Edward recommends Bible In One Year (by Alpha International), a 20 minute reading of Scripture and commentary written by Nicky Gumble leader of Alpha (an international evangelism ministry).  Just look it up under your apps on your phone/computer.

 

GO

Open Door Soup Kitchen: This is an ongoing commitment of Providence Church to the least, the last, the lost and the lonely of our community.  While Open Door is no longer able to serve meals, we are still volunteering to cook the meals on the first Friday of each month.  If you can serve in this way, please let Phil and Pat know at 828- 476-5130. Thanks for your faithfulness.

 

 

Prayer Requests: Healing: Wally, Robbie Hargrove; Chuck & Carole Torpy; Glenn & Laura Glad; Thom Morgan’s mother; Caroline (Bev’s Mom); Sarah’s brother in law Dan – cancer; Lisa Rhodarmer’s brother Michael – cancer