REFLECTIONS

Narcissism is the attempt to retreat from Square One back into the spiritual sovereignty of self.  Forget infinity.  Forget mystery.  Cultivate the wonderful self.  It might be a small world, but it is my world, totally mine.                                                             — Eugene H. Peterson in Crux

We ought not in any case to be surprised when we find mysteries of this sort in God’s Word.  For the Creator is incomprehensible to His creatures.  A God whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of Himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a God in man’s image, and therefore an imaginary God, not the God of the Bible at all.
                                                                         — J.I. Packer Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Some may ask…how divine sovereignty in salvation can be reconciled with human responsibility.  Theologians have wrestled with this question for centuries.  But it should be sufficient for us to accept that the Bible teaches both truths.  We could sum it up, however paradoxical it may sound, by saying that those who are saved will ascribe all the credit to God, while those who are lost will accept all the blame themselves.
                                                                — John R.W. Stott Commentary on The Lausanne Covenant
 


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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
November 22, 2015
Christ the King
Center City Campus

OPENING SENTENCES
Leader: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. 

 

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD & KING

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam
thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
ye clouds that sail in Heav'n along
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice
ye lights of evening, find a voice
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
and worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
and praise the Spirit, three in One
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 


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GREETING AND PREPARATION

 

Leader:    The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:     Great and marvelous are your deeds,  Lord God Almighty.

People:     Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.

Leader:     Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name?

People:     For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you. 

-Revelation 15:3-4, NRSV

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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COME YE SINNERS

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, 
weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
full of pity, love and power.

REFRAIN
I will arise and go to Jesus.
He will embrace me in His arms!
In the arms of my dear Savior,
oh, there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome!
God’s free bounty glorify:
True belief and true repentance—
every grace that brings you nigh.
REFRAIN

Let not conscience make you linger,
nor of fitness fondly dream.
All the fitness He requireth
is to feel your need of Him.
REFRAIN

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
lost and ruined by the fall!
If you tarry till you’re better,
you will never come at all.
REFRAIN


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PSALM 126

Our mouths, they were filled, filled with laughter.
Our tongues, they were loosed, loosed with joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!

CHORUS
Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
Will go out with songs of joy!


The nations will say “He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!

CHORUS x2


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CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

                                                                                                                        -Proverbs 28:13, NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you.You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins and help us to live in your light and walk in your ways. for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON
 

Leader: The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his           understanding is beyond measure.

                                                                                                                         —Psalm 147:2-3,5 NRSV

SONG OF RESPONSE - TRISAGION

Holy God. Holy and Mighty.

Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy on us.

REPEAT

Holy God. Holy and Mighty.

Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy

Have mercy, have mercy on us. 

 

PASSING THE PEACE

ANNOUNCEMENTS


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THE WORD OF GOD
SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 42.1-2; 45.1-15 NRSV

42When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you keep looking at one another? 2I have heard,” he said, “that there is grain in Egypt; go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.”

45Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ 12And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. 13You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.                                                                                                                      

Minister: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

SILENT REFLECTION
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION & SERMON
Sermon Series:The Gospel According to Genesis
Sermon Title: Perseverance
Speaker: Brian Savage


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NICENE CREED


Minister:    Let us say what we believe.

 

 

People: We believe in one God,
       The Father, the Almighty,
       maker of heaven and earth.
       of all that is, seen and unseen.
       We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

        the only Son of God,
        eternally begotten of the Father,
        God from God, Light from Light,
        true God from true God,
        begotten, not made,
        of one Being with the Father.
        Through him all things were made.
        For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
        by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
        For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
        in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
        He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end. 

        We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
        who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
        With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
        He has spoken through the Prophets.
        We believe in one holy catholic1 and apostolic Church.
        We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
        We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen. 



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THE LORD’S TABLE

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

  Lift up your hearts now!  
We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.

   It is right and good, always and everywhere.
To give thanks, to the Lord.

 

Minister:     Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty to give thanks to you at all times and in all places, O Lord our Creator, almighty and everlasting God! You created heaven with all its hosts and the earth with all its plenty. You have given us life and being, and preserve us by your                 providence. But you have shown us the fullness of your love in sending into the world your Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you we praise and bless you, O God. With your whole Church on earth and with all the company of heaven we worship and adore your glorious name, saying:

 

                    Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.

        The whole earth is full of Your glory,
        hosanna in the highest!

        Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.

        The whole earth is full of Your glory,
        hosanna in the highest!

 

Minister:     Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world. In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again, we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices.


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Minister:    Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.

 

         Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.
        Your rising celebrate! 

        Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new.
(REPEAT)

 

Minister:     Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray, that the bread which we break and the cup which we bless may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may attain to the unity of the faith and grow up in all things into             Christ our Lord. And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf, and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 

 Praise to the Father,
praise to the Son, 
praise to the Spirit, 
Our God the Three in One.

  

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

            

Minister:    Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.        
People:    Therefore, let us keep the feast. 

HOLY COMMUNION
Minister:      The gifts of God for the people of God.     


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PRAYERS FOR REFLECTION

If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers:

PRAYER FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR TRUTH: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

PRAYER OF BELIEF: Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen. 

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT: Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.  


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DEAR REFUGE OF MY WEARY SOUL

 

Dear refuge of my weary soul,

On Thee, when sorrows rise

On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,

My fainting hope relies

To Thee I tell each rising grief,

For Thou alone canst heal

Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,

For every pain I feel

 

But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail, 

I fear to call Thee mine 

The springs of comfort seem to fail, 

And all my hopes decline

Yet gracious God, where shall I flee? 

Thou art my only trust 

And still my soul would cleave to Thee 

Though prostrate in the dust

 

Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face, 

And shall I seek in vain? 

And can the ear of sovereign grace, 

Be deaf when I complain?

No still the ear of sovereign grace, 

Attends the mourner’s prayer 

Oh may I ever find access, 

To breathe my sorrows there

 

Thy mercy seat is open still, 

Here let my soul retreat 

With humble hope attend Thy will, 

And wait beneath Thy feet,

Thy mercy seat is open still, 

Here let my soul retreat 

With humble hope attend Thy will, 

And wait beneath Thy feet

 


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COMMUNION PRAYER

    

People:    Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this  sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a  foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Minister:     Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us:     
People:  
Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name,   
your kingdom come,
 your will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
and deliver us from evil. 
 For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, 
 now and forever. Amen.


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SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, All creatures here be - low
Praise Him Above, Ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen.


BENEDICTION

Minister: Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 

                                                                                         -I Corinthians 15:57-58, NRSV

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
 


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