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Reflections

If I am to follow my Lord, I must see him in the Psalms.  When I do that, the Psalms teach me to do the things the psalmists do: 
1. commit myself to God; 
2. depend on God; 
3. seek solace in God; 
4. find mercy and grace in God; and
5. get perspective and wisdom from God—all through Jesus Christ.  

—Tim Keller

“The other Scriptures speak to us, but the Psalms speak for us.”  

—Athanasius (AD 296–373)

 "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." 

— St. Augustine


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Gathering Before God
April 14, 2019
Palm/Passion Sunday
Main Line Campus

Opening Sentences

Leader: The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come, let us adore him!


Hosanna

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You
We turn to you
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You
We long for You

Cause when we see You
We find strength to face the day
And in Your presence all our fears are washed away
washed away

Chorus:
Hosanna, hosanna 
You are the God who saves us, 
worthy of all our praises

Hear the sound of hearts returning to You
We turn to You
In Your kingdom broken lives are made new
You make us new

Chorus 

Hosanna, hosanna 
Come have your way among us, 
We welcome you here Lord Jesus


© 2005, 2006 Thankyou Music and Integrity's Hosanna! Music
CCLI Song # 5889046 -- CCLI License # 3040322


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Greeting & Preparation

Leader: The Lord be with you. 
People: And also with you!


Call to Worship 

Leader: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! 
People: Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! 

Leader: Lo, your King comes to you; 
People: triumphant and victorious is he, 

Leader: humble and riding on a donkey, 
People: on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 

Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit; 
People: shout aloud, O daughter of Zion! 

—from Zechariah 9:9

Prayer of Invocation


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This Is Amazing Grace

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Chorus:
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Chorus

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy

Chorus


Music and Lyrics: Philip Wickham, Josh Farro and Jeremy Riddle


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Who You Say I Am

Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me?
I was lost, but He brought me in
His love for me
Oh, His love for me

Chorus:
Who the Son sets free
Oh, is free indeed
I'm a child of God, Yes I am
In my Father's house
There's a place for me
I'm a child of God, Yes I am

Free at last, He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me
Yes, He died for me

I am chosen, not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me, not against me
I am who You say I am
I am who You say I am

Chorus



Songwriters: Ben Fielding / Reuben Morgan
Who You Say I Am lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group


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Call to Confession

Leader: Let us confess our sins to God,
whose steadfast love endures forever. 

—Psalm 118:2

Prayer of Confession


People: Righteous Father, we who own more than we use, proclaim more than we experience,
and request more than we need,
come asking your forgiveness. 
We seek your salvation,
then act like we save ourselves. 
We beg your forgiveness, then repeat our errors. 
We experience your grace, then act defeated. 
We rely on your power, but only in hard times. 
We have become confused and misguided. 
Forgive our every defection. 
Bring us to an unbroken commitment
and a steady trust, through Jesus Christ,
who is the way of hope, the truth of God, 
and the life of love,  now and always.  Amen.

Silent Confession & Words of Pardon

Leader: Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds, you have been healed! 

—1 Peter 2:24

Song of Response- Kyrie Eleison


Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy, on us.

(Repeat)


Passing the Peace & Announcements


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 The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading
Psalm 118, NRSV

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 5Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? 7The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals. 9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 15There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 16the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.” 17I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death. 19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. 28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. 29O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Minister:        This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

Sermon
Sermon Series: A Praying Life
Sermon Title: Thanks
Speaker: Don Overton



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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: With joy we praise you, gracious God… 
we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim
the glory of your name, saying:                                       

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory,
hosanna in the highest!
(2x)

Minister: You are holy, O God of majesty… So, 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
(2x)
                                                      

Minister:  Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit…As this bread is Christ’s body for us,
send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

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


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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.

Gluten-free communion wafers are available at the welcome table in the front lobby of the church. Please pick one up prior to coming forward to take communion. Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the Gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ.


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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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This Is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings and around me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world
The birds their carols raise.
The morning light the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass,I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world,
O let me ne’er forget:
That thought the wrong seems oft’ so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And the earth and heaven be one.


© 1901 Public Domain


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Prayers of the People 

Minister: Lord, in your mercy,
People: hear our prayer.

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


There is a Fountain


There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day
And there have I, as vile as he, washed all my sins away; 
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away; 
And there have I, as vile as he, washed all my sins away

E'er since by faith I saw the stream your flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die

Dear dying Lamb, your precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more


Authors Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2005.




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Minister: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
People: Amen

Dismissal

Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God!

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