Worship Recap: Songs, Hymns and Spiritual Songs from March 24th, 2013
Welcome to the recap of the Veritas worship gathering on March 24th, 2013. Below are the songs and liturgy from our gathering.
Song: “Come Thou Fount” by: Robert Robinson and John Wyeth
Reading: Call to Worship
Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week! Its on this Sunday that we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem where the people praised him! Hear the story from Luke 19:
L: And they [the disciples] brought it [the colt] to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
– Luke 19:35-40
On this day we remember how Jesus entered into the city in triumph, amid shouts of praise, but this was all part of his journey to the cross, the journey to his death, and to his resurrection! The irony here, is that today we remember the crowd praising Jesus, but within a week their cries would turn to “crucify him, crucify him”. So this morning as we reflect on this story, let us join together in praising Jesus, because we know the story, we know how it turns out, we know that Jesus is our savior, and He is worthy of praise! God has revealed this truth to us, so let us respond in worship this morning. Lets read together!
C: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!’”
L: Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
C: Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
– John 12:13 and Philippians 2:6-11
Song: “King of Glory” by: Jesse Reeves and Chris Tomlin
In worshipping our Savior, Jesus, we become more and more aware of our dependance upon him! As our understanding of God’s holiness increases, our knowledge of our sin and inability to live up to God’s standards also increases. But in all of this, we must see Christ! We must see and respond to God’s Grace!! The knowledge of this grace should cause us to quickly turn to Christ in repentance at the awareness of our sin! Finding forgiveness, restoration and healing in the work of Christ! Join with me in the prayer of confession by reading the underlined parts.
L: O Lord, today we remember Your entrance into the rebellious city of Jerusalem. The very crowds that praised You would soon turn and demand Your death. We confess that our wills are as rebellious as the crowds. Our faith is often more show then substance, our worship of You is often based more on our feelings rather than Your glory. Our hearts seek our own comfort and lead us to sin instead of following and trusting You, our Savior, our Messiah.
C: Have mercy on us, O God. Help us to give to You all that we are and all that we have. Trusting You to lead us to repentance, to forgive what is sinful, to heal what is broken, to mold and shape us for Your glory. We confess our need for You, our Savior, and trust in the work You accomplished for us on the Cross. It’s in Your holy name that we pray. Amen. Lets rejoice together in the Christ, in whom we find rest and salvation!
Song: “Rock of Ages” by: Thomas Hastings and Augustus Montague Toplady
Song: “Nothing But the Blood” by: Robert Lowry
Passing of the Peace:
Our Sermon this week was from Pastor Nick Nye from Romans 8: 1-4
Listen to the sermon online here.
Please read with me the underlined portion:
L: Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.
C: We rejoice that You have died, rose again, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.
L: With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.
C: We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.
Song: “Come to Me” by: Michael Bleecker
Song: “Grace Alone” by: Dustin Kensrue
L: God, our divine Redeemer, Your faithfulness to your people is seen throughout Your word. Your goodness is plainly seen in our redemption, How you became sin for us and conquered all of our enemies. Your strength is seen in how you endured the extremes of God’s wrath, and erased our failure to live up to God’s standards.
C:Your love is seen in your resurrection, in your sacred wounds, erasing every fear and every doubt.
L:Now, our King and Conqueror, you’ve ascended to heaven, crowned and enthroned, praying for us, protecting us and providing for us by the power of your Spirit until the time comes for you to receive us there.
C:May we live in repentance, rejoice in your grace, and live victoriously in the Gospel. Amen
Song: “O Fount of Love” by: Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
Hear this benediction as we go:
Go from this place walking according to the Spirit and not to the flesh. Go confidently knowing that you are in Christ and are no longer condemned! Go and rejoice in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
L: Peace be with you. C: And also with you.