march 22, 2020

As we come into God’s presence together this morning, we come as a people scattered throughout the county worshiping in our homes. Even still we are one people, worshiping the one true God. As you work through this liturgy at home, take your time with it. Read through the texts slowly, sing the songs and spend time in prayer, so that the peace of God may dwell richly within you. Let us worship the Lord together.

call to worship

Read Psalm 46 aloud in unison.

Pause for two seconds (and meditate on what was said) when you read the word “Selah” [pronounced: say-la]:


God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, 
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth. 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; 
he burns the chariots with fire. 

“Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 

opening hymn

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

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confession of sin

Read Prayer Responsively

Leader: Lord, for seeking our own glory more than yours.

Others: Lord, have mercy on us.


Leader: Lord, for caring more about saving our lives than giving them for your kingdom.

Others: Lord, have mercy on us.


Leader: Lord, in this time of crisis, for being selfish—thinking about our own needs before the needs of others.

Others: Lord, have mercy on us.


Leader: Lord, for our lack of dependence on you for the solution.

Others: Lord, have mercy on us.


Take some time (no need to rush—silence is good for you!) to silently confess your sins to God.

promise of forgiveness

In unison, read 1 Cor 15:55-57 aloud:

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

prayers of the people

Take some time to pray for our church and the world.


For the church, remember the vulnerable among us, and our leaders as they shepherd the church through this trying time.


For the world, remember our neighbors, especially those around us who are suffering without community.
Pray that we might be a light to the nations.


Pray for those worshipping with you. Ask each other, “What can we praise God for in your life?” and “What would you like prayer for?”


Conclude your prayers with the prayer our Lord taught us to pray,


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.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever.

Amen.

 

If you would like the elders to pray for you, please send your prayer request to Pastor O’Donnell (224-508-0032 or dodonnell@wpchurch.com). 

song of thanksgiving


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tithes and offerings

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scripture reading and sermon

God is On the Throne (Revelation 4)

Children, remember to take your notes, Pastor O wants to see them!


If you have questions or want to interact with Pastor O’Donnell about the sermon feel free to text him at 224-508-0032.

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gloria patri

After the sermon, sing or say together

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. Amen.

song of response

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sending out

(in unison)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.


To conclude, sing, or say, the Doxology:


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.

notes

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Sermon Discussion Questions

Use these questions either directly after the service, or later on your Lord’s Day.

Share with each other, or write down (if you are by yourself), answers to these questions.

  1. What did you learn? Any new insights?
  2. What parts of the sermon stood out to you the most? Why do you think that was? What was it about that part that captured your attention?
  3. Was your heart stirred? When? Why? Were you convicted, challenged, encouraged, or trained in right living?
  4. What will you do differently, by God’s grace, as a result of hearing God’s Word this morning?

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