For Sunday, June 7, 2020

At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our deacons have been working hard to create a plan for “reopening” our church building for worship services, and we’ll be easing back into worshiping together. As much as we all long to be together again, we want to do so safely and respectfully. We appreciate your patience and cooperation!

We’re expanding our options for worshiping this Sunday, June 7, 2020:

1. We’re continuing to make our At-Home Worship Guide available on Saturday nights, so you can worship at home on Sunday at the pace that suits your family. (See below for this Sunday’s At-Home Worship Guide.)

2. You’re also encouraged to gather in smaller groups within your homes or as a community group as you feel comfortable using the At-Home Worship Guide together.

3. We’re launching a “Soft Reopening” for our on-site, in-person worship service at 10 am in our sanctuary at 43 Wentworth St. This live service will have the same content as the prerecorded At-Home Worship Guide.

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 Isaiah 11:1-9
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain.

For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

We Sing Praises to God

Sing I See the Lord as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

I SEE THE LORD
I see the Lord seated on the throne, exalted.
And the train of His robe fills the temple with glory.
And the whole earth is filled,
And the whole earth is filled,
And the whole earth is filled
With His glory.

Holy, holy, holy, holy,
Holy is the Lord.
Holy, holy, holy, holy,
Holy is the Lord of lords.

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Chris Falson
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Sing Hope of the World as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

HOPE OF THE WORLD
Jesus Christ the King of Kings,
Heaven sent to set us free,
Clothed in everlasting light,
You’re bringing hope to life

Son of God left Heaven’s throne,
To redeem the wayward ones,
On the cross he hung condemned
With nail-pierced Holy hands

Jesus, Jesus, Hope to the hopeless, Light in the darkness
Jesus, Jesus, You are the hope of the world

Laid to rest inside the grave,
Buried with the weight of sin
Death’s dark grip could not contain,
All hail the risen King! (chorus)

Jesus reigns on Heaven’s throne,
Hope renewed, the light of dawn,
Clothed in everlasting light,
Our hope is now alive! Our hope is now alive! (chorus)

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Brandon Lake | Garrett Abel | Martin Chalk | Stewart Fenters
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from Romans 8:18-27
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

We Confess Our Sins to God

These verses remind us that there is suffering in this world. If (since) you have caused suffering in the life of another person/people, confess that. If you have not acted with the love, grace, and compassion of Christ to alleviate the suffering of others, confess that.  

Glory awaits us. If you have been overwhelmed or overcome by the brokenness of this world and lost sight of the glory of the next, confess that. 

Through faith in Christ we are the adopted sons and daughters of God. We have identity! We have hope! If you, oh son or daughter of God, have denied that identity with your words or actions, you have dishonored the finished work of Christ to yourself and others. Confess that. If you have acted or spoken to yourself or to others as if you do not have hope–hope in Christ, confess that. 

We have the Spirit of God. Confess the ways that you have not acted and spoken in dependence on the Spirit. Confess if you have not sought the help of the Spirit in your weakness. If you have not opened your heart to the searching of the Spirit, confess that. 

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Romans 8:28-30
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

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

The Lord does not need a virus-free, riot-free environment in which to work. He does not need to pause His work until everything is in “order.” The Lord works in the midst of chaos. He always has since His Spirit hovered over the chaos at the time of creation. Pray for the work of the Lord to continue in us and through us in the midst of all the unsettledness and insecurities.

Our world is not the way it is supposed to be. 
Micah 6:8 reads, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Pray that justice and kindness and humility before God would be ever increasing in our country and our world. Pray that you, as well as our missionaries, would be committed to the justice and kindness of Christ!

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 do you think it looks like to fly Christ’s flag or to acknowledge Him as First Cause?
  2. What are the implications of making second causes the first cause?
  3. What does it look like to follow 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 We Will Feast in the House of Zion as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

WE WILL FEAST IN THE HOUSE OF ZION
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the Lord our God
We are not consumed by the flood
Upheld protected gathered up (chorus)

In the dark of night before the dawn
My soul be not afraid
For the promised morning oh how long
Oh God of Jacob be my strength (chorus)

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together bring shalom (chorus)

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Joshua Moore | Sandra McCracken
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Benediction

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