August 11, 2019
It’s our tenth and final week of this year’s Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series where we work through the Psalms in order. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus.
As an additional way to engage with the Psalms, we’ve had a different artist in our community make a piece each week that we’ve displayed in the foyer. Our piece for Psalm 98 was done by Tower. Read more about that here. See and read about all past Christ in the Psalms artwork pieces here. Lastly, be sure to visit the side gallery (where you get coffee) each week to see all the originals for this year’s Christ in the Psalms series displayed together.
Here’s how you can prepare for our last week in the Psalms this Sunday:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 99.
Once again, the Psalms celebrate the God of justice. His forgiveness is adored, as the reader may expect, but even when the sins of His people (even Moses and Aaron) bring about His wrath, He is not scorned but reverently appreciated. We’re reminded that He is holy, that the earth is His footstool, and that His people are to tremble and exult in awe and affection.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 99:1–3, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):
To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
Holy, Holy, Holy (Reginald Heber, John Bacchus Dykes arr. Stephen Miler; addl. verse Justin Wainscott)
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy upon us.
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
Lord, forgive our sins.
Master, pardon our transgressions.
Holy One, visit us and heal our infirmities for your name’s sake.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 1:13–14
Is He Worthy? (Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive arr. Shane & Shane)
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE & COMMUNION:
Victory Belongs To Jesus (Todd Dulaney)
STUDENT & PARENT COMMISSIONING
Be Thou My vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Reuben Kendall, arr. Ascend The Hill)