The Lord’s Day | September 20, 2020
Call to Worship, Psalm 96:1-9
Leader: Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
All: Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Leader: For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
All: For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
Leader: Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
All: Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Leader: Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
All: Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Prayer of Adoration
Hymns and Songs of Praise
All Hail the Power Of Jesus’ Name, Hymn 296
Confession of Faith, Heidelberg Catechism 127-129
Leader: What is the sixth petition in the Lord’s Prayer?
All: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
That is: In ourselves we are so weak that we cannot stand even for a moment.
Moreover, our sworn enemies – the devil, the world, and our own flesh
–do not cease to attack us. Will you, therefore, uphold and strengthen us
by the power of your Holy Spirit, so that in this spiritual war we may not go down to defeat,
but always firmly resist our enemies, until we finally obtain the complete victory.
Leader: How do you conclude your prayer?
All: For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. That is: All this we ask of you because, as our King, having power over all things, you are both willing and able to give us all that is good, and because not we but your holy name should so receive all glory forever.
Leader: What does the word Amen mean?
All: Amen means: It is true and certain. For God has much more certainly heard my prayer than I feel in my heart that I desire this of him.
Call to Confession of Sin, I John 5:9
Leader: If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
Assurance of Pardon, I John 5:10-12
All: Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
Leader: And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
All: Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Hymn of Assurance
Pastoral Prayer, Bill Stern
Scripture Reading, Acts 251-27
1 Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2 And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, 3 asking as a favor against Paul[a] that he summon him to Jerusalem—because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. 4 Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5 “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”
6 After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove. 8 Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.” 9 But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11 If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”
13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix, 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 17 So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. 18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 19 Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. 21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.” 22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”
23 So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that he had done nothing deserving death. And as he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”
*Take some time to read the words and sing the songs before Sunday and rejoice in the Lord. This will help you to engage in the singing, especially if the songs are unfamiliar.
*Sin has separated us from God, but Jesus has done away with our sin by his death and resurrection and therefore we can have a full, intimate relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Do you come to the worship service as someone who is separated from God?
More resources on worship
The Victorious Lamb Sermon 5/26/19