For Sunday, June 21, 2020

During the month of June our elders, deacons, and staff at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, have worked hard to “reopen” for in-person, on-site worship services responsibly. And many of you have joined us for those worship services while most folks have continued worshiping remotely using our At-Home Worship Guide. Because of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the Charleston area, the leadership at Redeemer has decided NOT to meet in person this Sunday, June 21.

While our physical safety is important, so is mental health–and we need the body of Christ especially during this time of isolation for so many. We’re encouraging folks to worship in smaller groups, online with others, or outside as weather and technology allow. 

The leadership will continue to monitor the various indicators for COVID-19, and we’ll “reopen” again once we feel it’s safer to do so. Continue to pray with us for the health of our church, its members, and our city!

We’ve provided this At-Home Worship Guide to help you and your family worship our Great God remotely with our church family for Sunday, June 21.

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 66:1-9
For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
Make his praise glorious!
Say to God: “How awesome are your deeds! All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.”

Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!
Come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—Let not the rebellious rise up against him.

Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Agnus Dei as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

AGNUS DEI
Alleluia! Alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! alleluia! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!

Alleluia! Holy, Holy are You, Lord God Almighty.
Worthy is the Lamb. Worthy is the Lamb.
You are holy, Holy are You, Lord God Almighty.
Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb. Amen.

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Michael W. Smith
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Sing Arise, My Soul, Arise as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE
Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears;
The bleeding Sacrifice in my behalf appears:
before the throne my Surety stands, before the throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

Arise, arise, arise, arise my soul arise. (repeat)
Shake off your guilty fear and rise.


He ever lives above, for me to intercede.
His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead.
His blood atoned for ev’ry race, His blood atoned for ev’ry race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace. (chorus)

Five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me.
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry. “Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!” (chorus)

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear; 
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear 
With confidence I now draw nigh,  With confidence I now draw nigh, 
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry. (chorus)

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Charles Wesley | Kevin Twit
© 1996 Twit, Kevin
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from John 14:15–24
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

We Confess Our Sins to God

Since we live in a world that has varied ideas on how to both define and demonstrate love, we often struggle with what love means and what love does. In these verses, Jesus helps us in our struggle. He clearly defines what love means and what love does. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. The greatest of those commandments is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. The second greatest is to love our neighbor as ourselves. The rest of Jesus’ commands flow from these. Confess the ways that ALL your heart, soul, and mind have not been engaged in loving the Lord. Confess why ALL your heart, soul, and mind have not been engaged in loving Him. Why have you held something back?

Jesus makes remarkable promises to us in these verses: that the Spirit “dwells in you,” and then He says, “you in me, and I in you.” Amazing. This is the kind of personal, intimate relationship that we can have with Jesus. Confess the ways that your relationship with Jesus has not been the personal one that He intends and empowers you to have.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from John 14:23
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Sing My Jesus I Love Thee as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

MY JESUS I LOVE THEE
My Jesus I love Thee I know Thou art mine
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign
My gracious Redeemer my Savior art Thou
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ‘tis now

I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ‘tis now

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ‘tis now

In mansions of glory and endless delight
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus ‘tis now

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Adoniram Judson Gordon | William Ralph Featherstone
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We Give to the Lord (Offering)

With an economy that is shut down, our country is experiencing financially challenging times. This has been reflected at Redeemer in the past several months as the giving has decreased significantly. 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

Continue to pray for our country and our world. It feels like the Lord is doing some of the “all nations I will shake” that He describes in His word. 

  1. Pray for all God’s people everywhere that we will all remain faithful and steadfast, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in the midst of the shaking. 
  2. Ask the Lord to “shake up” your thinking about things you have taken for granted or assumptions you have made about life and faith and worship and ministry and how they interact and how they are to be done.  
  3. Ask the Lord to give you and our church “gospel moments” with people who are unsettled, insecure, and fearful in the turbulence of our times. 

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. What are your biggest hesitations about getting really personal with Jesus?
  2. What exceptions do you grant yourself in following Christ because of the life you have been given? 
  3. Why do you grant yourself those exceptions?

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

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. If you attempt to deflect the Lord, why do you do that?
  2. If you tend to turn toward others before looking at yourself, why do you do that?
  3. Talk to the Lord.: “Jesus you know all about me. You know my background well. You now my personality well. You know my vocation. You know my marital status, my financial circumstances, my family needs and responsibilities. You know my emotional and psychological make up. You knit me together in my mother’s womb AND You are my resurrected Savior–the living Son-of-God reality in my life. How is that reality supposed to transform my life?”
  4. What does following Jesus look like in all the intersections of your life?

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine I can sing all is mine
Yet not I but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side the Savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need his power is displayed
To this I hold my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome
Yet not I but through Christ in me

No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free
Yet not I but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I but through Christ in me

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Jonny Robinson | Michael Farren | Rich Thompson
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Benediction

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