THE LORD’S DAY
JUNE 28, 2020
PRELUDE: Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
CALL TO WORSHIP: (Compiled from various scriptures)
O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. You are the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. You are wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom; wise in heart and mighty in strength. All authority is yours, both in heaven and on earth. You are the Rock, your work is perfect, all your ways are truth and justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity. You are my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in you.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I trust in the name of the LORD my God. I will trust in your steadfast love, O God, forever and ever, and will wait for your name, for it is good. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation; He only is my Rock and my Salvation! In him is my glory, my might, my refuge; and my hope is from him.
OPENING HYMN: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
THE READING OF THE WORD: Psalm 30
30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
THE READING OF THE WORD: Romans 5:1-5
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
ANTHEM: If You But Trust in God to Guide You
THE WORD SPEAKS TO OUR LIVES: REJOICING IN SUFFERING Part 3 “Character Produces Hope”
BLESSING: “You Do Not Walk Alone”
Lord, teach me in whatever situation I am to be content. Enable me in my endurance to possess my own soul; and let steadfastness always have its full effect, that I may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Let endurance produce proven character in me, and proven character produce hope, such a hope that does not put me to shame. Through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, let me have hope and be saved by hope. Let me have Christ in me, the hope of glory, and never be shifting from that hope of the gospel; but enable me to show earnestness, to have the full assurance of hope until the end. Amen.