Evergreen Church Worship Service 4/5

One person should lead in worship. The Scriptures or prayers may be said in unison. Additional explanation is found under each element.

The Service Order:

  1. Call to Worship
  2. Prayer of Confession of Sin
  3. Assurance of Pardon
  4. Song of Praise
  5. Confession of Faith & Memory Verse
  6. Song of Praise
  7. Prayer of Thanksgiving
  8. Prayers of Intercession
  9. Scripture Reading
  10. Sermon & Benediction

1. Call to Worship: Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

2. Prayer of Confession of Sin (said together or by one reader): Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His holy name. Amen.

3. Assurance of Pardon (read by leader): Romans 5:1
Explanation: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. Song of Praise: “The Old Rugged Cross”
Note: the words are on the video.

CCLI Song # 19722
George Bennard
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain

Confession of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed & Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 37

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to 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 catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

Q. What do you understand by the word “suffered”? A. That during his whole life on earth, but especially at the end, Christ sustained in body and soul
the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race.

This he did in order that, by his suffering as the only atoning sacrifice,
he might deliver us, body and soul, from eternal condemnation, and gain for us God’s grace, righteousness, and eternal life.

Note: You can find the whole Heidelberg Catechism here. It contains an explanation of all the elements of the Apostle’s Creed. It is also a beautiful and inspirational explanation of the Christian faith that warms the heart as well as teaching the head.

Memory Verse: Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

6. Song of Praise: “Sovereign Over Us”
Note: the words are now in the video itself

CCLI Song # 6011370
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7. Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory . . . [here, each person may pray out loud giving thanks for specific things]. . . . And give us, we pray, such a sense of all your mercies that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, for ever and ever. All Amen.

8. Prayers of Intercession: One person leads, and everyone responds.

Jesus willingly submitted to suffer in our place. Let us pray to God our Father, and place in his hands the suffering of the world. Let us say: ‘Have mercy on your people, Lord’ after each petition.

We pray for the church, that we may bear our cross and follow Jesus.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for those who have sinned, like Peter.
Teach us to be sorry for our sins, and forgive us for Jesus’ sake.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for prisoners and criminals like Barrabas.
May they find true freedom by changing the way they live.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for people in government, like Pilate.
May they be responsible and serve truth and justice.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for those who are dying,
like the thieves who died with Jesus.
May they die with Jesus by their side,
and be received into your kingdom.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for parents like Mary who have lost a child.
May they bear their suffering and know the comfort of your love.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

We pray for the whole human race,
that we may all come to know Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
This is our prayer:
have mercy on your people, Lord.

Father, may the suffering and death of Jesus lighten the burdens of all those who suffer. Lead us in the way of the cross, so that, as we suffer with Jesus, we may rise to life in his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

9. Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:36-45 (listen to an audio version of all of Matthew 26 here)
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

10. Sermon: “Thy Will Be Done” (Matthew 26:36-45)

You can watch the video below or read the substance of the message here.

Additional Song: I would encourage you to listen to Ms. Kelsey Carpenter singing a song that applies this message beautifully, “Thy Will Be Done.”

11. Benediction: The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you (2 Thess. 3:3, 16).