Saturday Worship Service

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October 16, 2021

Pastor Frick’s Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship from Psalm 51

P: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; 
C: According to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. 

P: Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  
C: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

P: Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  
C: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

P: Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
C: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Song of Praise

Come, Now Is the Time to Worship
Brian Doerksen
c1998 Vineyard Songs
CCLI License 2945277

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God.
Come!

One day ev’ry tongue will confess you are God.
One day ev’ry knee will bow.
Still, the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose you now.

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are to worship.
Come, just as you are before your God.
Come!

Confession of Sins

P: Brothers and sisters, we come before a holy God knowing we are unclean people. Even when we want to serve him, our thoughts, words, and actions betray the selfishness and indifference that plague our fallen nature. So let us confess our sins to our holy God, knowing that he will never turn away from his repentant children.
C: O Lord, I come before you as a broken sinner in need of restoration. You know my failings and fears, my compromises and doubts. You know my most secret sins. I place all these before you. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, and trusting in your mercy, I ask for your forgiveness.

Word of Forgiveness from Psalm 130

P: If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 
But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Song

You Never Let Go
Beth & Matt Redman
cCapitol Christian Music Group
CCLI License 2945277

Even though I walk
  through the valley
  of the shadow of death,
Your perfect love is
  casting out fear.
And even when I’m caught
  in the middle
  of the storms of this life,
I won’t turn back
  I know you are near.

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me.
And if my God is with me,
Whom then shall I fear?
  Whom then shall I fear?

Chorus
O, no, you never let go,
Through the calm and
  through the storm.
O, no, you never let go,
In ev’ry high and
  ev’ry low.
O, no, you never let go.
Lord, you never let go of me.

I can see the light
  that is coming
  for the heart that holds on.
A glorious light
  beyond all compare.
And there will be an end
  to these troubles,
  but until that day comes,
We’ll live to know you
  here on the earth.

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me.
And if my God is with me,
Whom then shall I fear?
  Whom then shall I fear?

Chorus
O, no, you never let go,
Through the calm and
  through the storm.
O, no, you never let go,
In ev’ry high and
  ev’ry low.
O, no, you never let go.
Lord, you never let go of me.

Yes, I can see a light
  that is coming
  for the heart that holds on.
And there will be an end
  to these troubles
  but until that day comes,
Still I will praise you.
  Still I will praise you.

Chorus
O, no, you never let go,
Through the calm and
  through the storm.
O, no, you never let go,
In ev’ry high and
  ev’ry low.
O, no, you never let go.
Lord, you never let go of me.

Repeat Chorus

Prayer of the Day 

P: Mercifully grant, O God, that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts, for without your help we are unable to please you; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

First Lesson – Numbers 11:16, 24-29

Moses rejoiced in the gifts given to God’s people.

  The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.
  So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.
  However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
  Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
  But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”

Hymn of Praise

Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways – CW 462

Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep his statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace
To know and do his will!

Order my footsteps by your Word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.

Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e’er forget your way,
Restore your wand’ring sheep.

Make me to walk in your commands –
‘Tis a delightful road –
Nor let my head or heart or hands
Offend against my God.

Second Lesson – James 4:7-12

Submit yourselves to God.

  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
  Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?

The Gospel – Mark 9:38-50

Jesus teaches a lesson on humble service.

  “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.
  “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where

  “ ‘their worm does not die,
    and the fire is not quenched.’

Everyone will be salted with fire.
  “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Confession of Faith – Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Sermon Hymn

From Depths of Woe I Cry to You – CW 305

From depths of woe I cry to you;
Lord, hear me, I implore you.
Bend down your gracious ear to me;
My prayer let come before you.
If you kept record of my sin
And held against me what I’ve been,
How could I stand before you?

Your love and grace alone avail
To blot out my transgression.
The best and holiest deeds must fail
To break sin’s dread oppression.
Before you none can boasting stand,
But all must fear your strict demand
And live alone by mercy.

Therefore my hope is in the Lord
And not in my own merit;
It rests upon his faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That he is merciful and just –
This is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.

My soul is waiting for the Lord
As one who longs for morning;
No watcher waits with greater hope
Than I for his returning.
I hope as Israel in the Lord;
He sends redemption through his Word.
We praise him for his mercy.

Sermon by Pastor Dennis Lemke – James 4:7-12

Unconditional Surrender!

Offering

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

Prayers

The 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.

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.

Closing Hymn

There Is a Redeemer – CWS 747

There is a Redeemer, 
Jesus, God’s own Son, 
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, 
Holy One.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.

Jesus, my Redeemer, 
Name above all names, 
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Hope for sinners slain.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.

When I stand in glory, 
I will see his face;
There I’ll serve my King forever
In that holy place.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.