Worship Guide for September 13, 2020

At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, 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, September 13.

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

God Calls Us to Worship

Listen as Craig reads from Psalm 147:1-11
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff’ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv’rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes

CCLI Song # 7026028
Matt Boswell | Matt Papa | Michael Bleecker
© 2012 Bleecker Publishing (Admin. by Michael Bleecker)
Getty Music Hymns and Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Love Your Enemies Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
McKinney Music, Inc. (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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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
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from II Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

We Confess Our Sins to God

The writer of II Corinthians was the Apostle Paul, who is longing for the church that he ministers to to realize their need for Jesus and who they are called to be according to the new creation they are in Jesus Christ. He ends his letter in verse 11 with these simple exhortations, each one reflecting the value of what it looks like to follow Jesus. Meditate on this verse, and see how the Holy Spirit is convicting you of sins that you need to repent. Are you rejoicing? Do you need to restore a broken relationship? Are you living in chaos and conflict? Are you resting in the God of love and peace? Take some time to reflect and pray now.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Psalm 85:1-9
Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.

Sing Because He Lives as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

God sent His Son they called Him Jesus
He came to love heal and forgive
He bled and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove
My Savior lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

How sweet to hold our newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days
Because Christ lives (chorus)

And then one day I’ll cross that river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then as death gives way to vict’ry
I’ll see the lights of glory
And I’ll know He reigns (chorus)

CCLI Song # 16880
Gloria Gaither | William J. Gaither
© 1971 Hanna Street Music (Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management)
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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

Pray for the body of Christ at Redeemer, that we would continue to be faithful both in the church gathered (in our small worship times at church this week) and in the church scattered (faithful to love our communities and our families well). Pray that all of our ministries (children, community groups, diaconate, session) would be given the wisdom and grace of Christ in these trying times.  Pray for our medical workers that they would not lose heart and that they would continue to serve faithfully even as they face new challenges. Pray for our RPC missionaries in Europe, for the gospel to go forth in word and deed. 

Let us pray now for others.

**If you’d like to submit a personal prayer request right now directly to the elders at Redeemer, use this online form.

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.

Assistant Pastor Rev. John Song preaches one additional sermon in our series Worship in Waiting from James 4:1-12.

Listen to John’s Introduction and Scripture reading. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions[a] are at war within you?[b] You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people![c] Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.[d] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 4:1-12

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. Who is the wisest person you know? What peace of mind do they add to your life by being there?
  2. Why is it difficult to see our own character flaws?

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. What would it look like in our society if we stopped blaming “the other” and began searching our own hearts? How would that change the way that we relate to one another?
  2. What “false peace” are you pursuing? What ways does that cause greater conflict and chaos rather than healing?

Listen to Part 2. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

Questions from Part 2:

  1. Do you tend to be a Peace Faker or Peace Breaker? Why?
  2. Can you think of a time where Christ brought peace into a hopeless situation in your life? What would it look like for you to trust and rest in His grace today?

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing Jesus What a Friend for Sinners as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Jesus, what a friend for sinners,
Jesus lover of my soul
Friends may fail me foes assail me,
He my Savior makes me whole

Hallelujah what a Savior, Hallelujah what a Friend
Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end

Jesus, what a strength in weakness
Let me hide myself in Him
Tempted tried and sometimes failing
He my strength my victory wins (chorus)

Jesus, what a help in sorrow
While the billows o’er me roll
Even when my heart is breaking
He my comfort helps my soul (chorus)

Jesus! what a guide and keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my pilot, hears my cry. (chorus)

Jesus, I do now receive Him
More than all in Him I find
He hath granted me forgiveness
I am His and He is mine (chorus)

CCLI Song # 4153065
David Phelps | John Wilbur Chapman
© Words: Public Domain
Music: 2003 Soulwriter Music Company, Inc. (Admin. by CURB | Word Music Publishing)
Curb Wordspring Music (Admin. by W.C.M. Music Corp.)
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Watch John’s Benediction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.