Worship Guide for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship at home with 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, April 26. (If you’re having any questions or problems with the worship guide, please reach out directly via our #tech-support channel on Slack.)

Listen to Craig’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 145:1–10:
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, And all your saints shall bless you!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Come, Christians, Join to Sing as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

COME, CHRISTIANS, JOIN TO SING
Come, Christians, join to sing, Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King Alleluia! Amen!
Let all with heart and voice, before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high, Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky: Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend to us He’ll condescend
His love shall never end, Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again, Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain; Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore, his goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!”

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Christian Henry Bateman | Steve Wilkinson
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Sing Always as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

ALWAYS
My foes are many, They rise against me
But I will hold my ground, I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm, My help is on the way,
My help is on the way

Oh my God, He will not delay,
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true,
My God will come through always
Always

Trouble surrounds me, Chaos abounding
My soul will rest in You, I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm, My help is on the way
My help is on the way (chorus) 

I lift my eyes up, My help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, My help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, My help comes from the Lord
I lift my eyes up, My help comes from the Lord (chorus)

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Jason Ingram | Kristian Stanfill
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from I Peter 2:9–12:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

We Confess Our Sins to God

These verses from I Peter 2:9-12 clearly tell us our identity in Christ. We ARE a chosen race; we ARE a royal priesthood; we ARE a holy nation; we ARE God’s own possession.  If you have not lived out of the strength of this identity, confess that. If you have acted contrary to this identity, confess that.

These verses also clearly state our purpose. We ARE to proclaim the excellencies of Christ in our lives. If you have not been a bold proclaimer of the beauty of Christ–to yourself and even in your own home with your own family during this isolation, confess that.

These verses tell us what we have been given: mercy.  If you have lived like and thought like God is not a God of mercy and is not merciful to you or perhaps withholds His mercy from YOU, confess that.

Finally, these verses tell us how we should live in this world. If your soul has been a battleground for sin this week and if your sin has been on the winning side of that battle, confess that. If your conduct has not been that of one who follows Christ, and if your words or conduct have not pointed people to the glory of God and inspired praise of Him, confess that.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from I Peter 2:24–25:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Sing Here Is Love as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

HERE IS LOVE
Here is love vast as the ocean,
Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of life our ransom,
Shed for us his precious blood,
Who his love will not remember
Who can cease to sing his praise,
He can never be forgotten
Throughout heav’n’s eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide,
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide,
Grace and love like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And heaven’s peace and perfect justice,
Kissed a guilty world in love

Let me, all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only,
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see;
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me,
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and pow’r on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.

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Matt Redman | Robert Lowry | William Rees
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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 weeks 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 or through our Venmo account: @redeemer-charleston.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. Listen to one of our elders Chris Yates Jarvis as he leads us in prayer.

We Hear God’s Word (Sermon)

Especially good for families, Bible Project offers short audio and video clips plus discussion questions centered around Scripture. Check out their Church at Home guide which considers the portrayal of humans in the Bible as both weak and vulnerable but also capable and called to rule the world on God’s behalf.

Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from John 21:9-19, including an introduction and two parts.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 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.”

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

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

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

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing His Mercy Is More as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

HIS MERCY IS MORE
What love could remember no wrongs we have done?
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum.
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore,
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

Praise the Lord! His mercy is more.
Stronger than darkness, new every morn,
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

What patience would wait as we constantly roam?
What Father, so tender, is calling us home?
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more (chorus)

What riches of kindness He lavished on us!
His blood was the payment; His life was the cost.
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford.
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more. (chorus)

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Matt Boswell | Matt Papa
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Benediction

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

Extra!

Hear Craig’s special request! Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.