For Sunday, June 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to our “Soft Reopening” worship service last week at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC! We appreciate your grace and cooperation during this reopening phase. We plan to continue offering one service on Sunday mornings until we have “worked out all the kinks.” We hope to expand to two services in the near future to allow more people to attend on Sunday mornings, but we need your help!

**In order to expand our worship services, we will need a group of willing volunteers to help the deacons due to the increased logistics of COVID-19 prevention.
We are in the process of forming the following teams:
1. Sunday Service Set Up Team
2. Cleaning/Sanitizing Team

If you plan to attend our services and are willing to serve on one of these teams, please contact Emily Burk as soon as possible. Once we have enough volunteers, we’ll be able to offer a second service.

Options for this Sunday, June 14

1. Use our At-Home Worship Guide to worship in your home with your family or with your community group. We highly encourage folks to gather in smaller groups as you’re able, so we can be an encouragement to each other during this often lonely and isolated time. (Find the At-Home Worship Guide below.)

2. Attend our on-site, in-person worship service in our sanctuary at 10 am. We’ll continue observing the Expectations and Precautions put forward by the deacons (who’ve been working tirelessly to ensure our in-person worship services are as safe and welcoming as possible). Reserve your spot using this Signup link or contact Gray Morgan.

If you plan to attend in person this Sunday, below are a few important notes:
1. Mask Wearing: Due to the high risk of viral spread in enclosed settings (especially involving singing), we are asking that all attendees strongly consider wearing masks for the whole duration of the service unless they are physically unable to do so (e.g. those with breathing difficulties or children under 3 years of age). Mask wearing has been shown to significantly decrease the chance of unknowingly spreading the virus to those around you. We recognize that masks are uncomfortable both physically and socially; however, right now they are one of the best ways we can “be devoted to one another in love” (Romans 12:10).

2. Physical Distancing: After the service we ask that everyone proceeds directly to his car without congregating in front of the church building. This exodus will allow those who wish to socially distance the ability to do so without hindrance as they leave the building. If you wish to socialize, please feel free to make lunch plans with friends or to socialize with appropriate distancing in the parking lot or the courtyard (rather than standing on the portico or sidewalk in front of the church). We wish to be good examples to our city, taking every opportunity “to do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

Again, thank you for your patience as we figure out this “new normal” together. We want to be a church that is above reproach and not only follows the guidelines of our leaders but also goes above and beyond to love our neighbors in every way possible.

Listen to Rev. Craig Bailey’s greeting and introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

God Calls Us to Worship

Read in unison from Psalm 89
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!

For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

We Sing Praises to God

Sing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, through him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.

CCLI Song # 42964
Frederick Henry Hedge | Martin Luther
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved.
CCLI License # 1579589

Sing What a Beautiful Name as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

You were the Word at the beginning, One with God the Lord Most High, Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is, What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us; So, Jesus, You brought heaven down,
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is, What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is, Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is, The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave,
The heavens are roaring, The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God, You reign,
Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the glory,
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is, What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is, Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus

CCLI Song # 7068424
Ben Fielding | Brooke Ligertwood
© 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved.
CCLI License # 1579589

God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from Ephesians 4:1-3
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

We Confess Our Sins to God

These verses clearly put before us what our lives must look like when we have accepted Christ’s call to “Follow Me” and when we are seeking to walk in the footprints that He leaves as He walks ahead of us. We must be gentle; we must be patient; we must be loving; we must seek the power of the Spirit to unite us and enable us to live together in peace. This IS the follower-life. Confess all the ways you have been out of step with Jesus in these areas. 

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Ephesians 4:4-7, 12-13
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.

We Give to the Lord (Offering)

Please continue to give as an act of worship online or by check as the Lord gives you the ability. You may mail your checks to the church office at 43 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401. You may also contribute online here at this link or through our Venmo account: @redeemer-charleston.

We Pray for God’s People, Work, & World

We Hear God’s Word (Sermon)

Especially good for families, Bible Project offers short audio and video clips plus discussion questions centered around Scripture. Click here to check out their many Church at Home guides.

Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from John 21:18-22, including an introduction and one part.

Listen to Craig’s sermon introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. How do you define “normal”?
  2. Describe what a “normal” life looks like for you.
  3. Why do you seek normal?
  4. When you seek “normal,” what are you really seeking?
  5. How would your life look different if your only expectation for normal was following Christ?

18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

John 21:18-22 ESV

Listen to Part 1. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing I Need Thee Every Hour as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford

I need Thee O I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee
O bless me now my Savior
I come to Thee

I need Thee every hour stay Thou nearby
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh (chorus)

I need Thee every hour in joy or pain
Come quickly and abide or life is in vain (chorus)

I need Thee ev’ry hour, Most Holy One
Oh make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son (chorus)

I need Thee every hour teach me Thy will
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill (chorus)

CCLI Song # 78811
Annie Sherwood Hawks | Robert Lowry
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved.
CCLI License # 1579589


Watch Craig’s Benediction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.