Saturday Worship Service

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May 21, 2022

Theme for Today

  To the world he seemed like a defeated man; opposed and killed by his enemies, his followers scattered in fear. Yet three days after Jesus’ death, he rose victorious from the dead. Nothing would ever be the same. The rest of eternity is now a victory march for the risen Christ. During Easter, we should not think of ourselves as passive observers in Christ’s victory. We are more than fans cheering for our favorite athlete! Rather, we are active participants in Christ’s triumph. Just as his death was our death, so also his life is our life. Buried with Christ in baptism, our life is now hidden with him on high. The victory is ours, now and forever.
  Easter is more than a day. It is an entire joyful season. The six solemn weeks of Lent are eclipsed by seven weeks of unbridled joy. The seven weeks correspond to the period of fifty days of the Jewish calendar between Passover and Pentecost. The Church reserves its highest praise for the Easter season. We do not merely watch from the sidelines as Christ marches in victory over sin, death, Satan, and hell. We join in the festal procession!


Pastor Turriff’s Welcome

Call to Worship from Psalm 27

There are many in this world who oppose Christ and his gospel, and even Christians who treat others in very unchristian ways. When people oppose us at work or at school, what comfort do we receive from our God?
The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?

Even when we face death itself, what can our one thought be?
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.

Until the day he takes us to himself, what is our confidence?
We remain confident of this: We will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. We will be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Today Is the Day

Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche
c2008 Integrity’s Praise!
CCLI #5200924

I’m casting my cares aside.
I’m leaving my past behind.
I’m setting my heart and mind on you, Jesus.
I’m reaching my hand to yours,
Believing there’s so much more,
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day.
  Today is the day.

I’m putting my fears aside.
I’m leaving my doubts behind.
I’m giving my hopes and dreams to you, Jesus.
I’m reaching my hand to yours,
Believing there’s so much more,
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day.
  Today is the day.

And I will stand upon your truth.
And all my days I’ll live for you.
  And I will stand upon your truth.
  And all my days I’ll live for you.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m giving you my fears and sorrows.
Where you lead me I will follow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day. (5 times)

Confession of Sins

Let us confess our sins to our God.
Dear Lord God,
I come before you to humbly confess my sinfulness.
I have sinned knowingly and unknowingly.
I confess that sometimes I try to control my life and handle things all by myself.
I neglect coming to you in prayer.
My sins have ruined my relationship with you and with others.
Calm my troubled heart with your forgiveness. 
Remind me what your Son has done for me.
Help me to live my life by the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Word of Forgiveness from Psalm 18

The LORD reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Precious Lord, Take My Hand – CW 835

1 Precious Lord, take my hand,
    lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night,
    lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord;
    lead me home.

2 When my way grows drear,
    precious Lord, linger near,
when my life is almost gone,
    hear my cry, hear my call,
hold my hand lest I fall.
Take my hand, precious Lord;
    lead me home.

3 When the darkness appears
    and the night draws near
and the day is almost gone,
    at the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand.
Take my hand, precious Lord;
    lead me home.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you are the giver of everything good. Inspire us, your humble servants, to long for what is right and, through your gracious guidance, accomplish it to your glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading – Acts 14:8-22

  In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
  When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
  But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
  Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
  They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

Make Me a Servant

Kelly Willard
C1982 Willing Heart Music
CCLI License 2945277

Make me a servant,
  Humble and meek.
Lord, let me lift up
  Those who are weak.
And may the prayer
  Of my heart always be:
Make me a servant,
  Make me a servant,
Make me a servant today.

Second Reading – Revelation 21:21-27

  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Gospel – John 16:16-24

  Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
  At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
  Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Confession of Faith – The Nicene Creed

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,
        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
        and became truly human.
    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,
        who in unity with the Father and the Son
            is worshiped and glorified,
        who has spoken through the prophets.
    We believe in one holy Christian 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.

Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won – CW 444

1 Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won!
    Death no longer can appall me.
Jesus lives! Death’s reign is done!
    From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence;
this shall be my confidence.

3 Jesus lives! For me he died;
    hence will I, to Jesus living,
pure in heart and act abide,
    praise to him and glory giving.
All I need God will dispense;
this shall be my confidence.

5 Jesus lives! And now is death
    but the gate to life immortal;
this shall calm my trembling breath
    when I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense:
Jesus is my confidence!

Sermon – Acts 14:8-22

No Matter What, We Have Joy

Offering

Moved by God’s love in Christ,
we offer him our first and best gifts,
purely out of thanks to him.

Prayers

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come,
  your will be done
    on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
  as we forgive those
  who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
  and the glory are yours
  now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

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

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Words of Consecration

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Amen.

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this Holy Supper. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Blessing

Brothers and sisters go in peace.
  Live in harmony with one another.
    Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
Amen.

Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See – CW 884

Lord, when your glory I shall see
    and taste your kingdom’s pleasure,
your blood my royal robe shall be,
    my joy beyond all measure!
When I appear before your throne,
your righteousness shall be my crown;
    with these I need not hide me.
And there, in garments richly wrought,
as your own bride I shall be brought,
    to stand in joy beside you.