Worship Guide for Sunday, August 16, 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, August 16.

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

Read in unison from Psalm 115
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.

The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great.

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing All Creatures of Our God and King as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Hallelujah hallelujah
Thou burning sun with golden beam
Thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him O praise Him
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him hallelujah
Praise praise the Father praise the Son
And praise the Spirit three in One
O praise Him O praise Him
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

All the redeemed washed by His blood
Come and rejoice in His great love
O praise Him! Hallelujah
Christ has defeated every sin
Cast all your burdens now on Him
O praise Him O praise Him
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

He shall return in pow’r to reign
Heaven and Earth will join to say
O praise Him! Hallelujah
Then who shall fall on bended knee
All creatures of our God and King
O praise Him O praise Him
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

CCLI Song # 2846264
St. Francis of Assisi | William Henry Draper
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Sing O Praise the Name (Anastasis) as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

O PRAISE THE NAME (ANÁSTASIS)
I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds His hands His feet
My Savior on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the Name of the Lord our God,
O praise His Name forevermore,
For endless days we will sing Your praise,
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God


Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting
The angels roar for Christ the King (chorus)

He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face (chorus)

CCLI Song # 7037787
Benjamin Hastings | Dean Ussher | Marty Sampson
© 2015 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from I Peter 1:3–7
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We Confess Our Sins to God

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, the Apostle Peter puts before God’s people a beautiful description of what surely awaits us because our Father is so merciful: an inheritance that NEVER perishes or fades. We can never say “never,” but God can! God tells us in THIS life about our inheritance in the NEXT so that we will have hope—now.  If you have failed to think about your inheritance, or give thanks for it, or draw hope from it this week, confess that.

We are reminded as well that we are guarded through God’s power until our salvation is finally and fully revealed. If you have lived more out of your own strength and power to protect yourself or to become your own deliverer, confess that.

Finally, we are reminded that trials and tests come to people that God loves dearly. God’s tests are intended to grow and strengthen and purify our faith. If you have complained hopelessly about your trials, as if you do not have a Savior and an inheritance waiting for you, confess that. If you have not stopped in the midst of your trial, painful or difficult as it may be, to look for the hand of God in it and sought ways in which that trial could strengthen your faith, confess that.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from I Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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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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

Offer prayers of thanks to the Lord for the safe return to the US on Wednesday of Mark & Meghan Hunt and their family! Pray for them as they work through the emotions of leaving their church family in La Paz. Pray for the turmoil and unrest in La Paz. Pray for wisdom for Mark and Meghan as they consider a future way forward.

Continue to pray this week for Beirut and our own member family living and ministering there. Pray for them as they put their home back together, and pray that the light of Christ and the hope of Christ will shine brightly through and in them in the midst of this tragedy. Pray that the church in Lebanon will seize this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ to all people and thereby be living demonstrations that He is real, that He is love and that He is with them in their suffering.

Pray for all believers in our world. Pray specifically for wisdom in words and actions. The world is plagued by political agendas that withhold, manipulate, distort, and misinterpret information for their own gain and to the detriment of so many people. We are often left wondering who or what to believe or what to do. Now more than ever we need the wisdom of God to direct our words and responses. We need His word to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We must ask Jesus humbly yet in great faith to fulfill His promise that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth!

Pray for courage to take our place in the “cancel culture” in which we now live…graciously and lovingly, yet boldly and courageously canceling the lies and deceptions of Satan with the truth of our God. For His glory, for the sake of the gospel, for the growth of His church, and for the advancement of His kingdom! Amen!!! 

**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)

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Our Senior Pastor Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from Jeremiah 32:1-16, 24-27.

Strategy 1: Lean into Your Context and Leave the Results to the Lord

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah. For Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it; Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye. And he shall take Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, declares the Lord. Though you fight against the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed’?”

Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.’ Then Hanamel my cousin came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

“And I bought the field at Anathoth from Hanamel my cousin, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. 11 Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions and the open copy. 12 And I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. 13 I charged Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time. 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.’

16 “After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying:

24 Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it. 25 Yet you, O Lord God, have said to me, “Buy the field for money and get witnesses”—though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’”

26 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 32:1-16, 24-27

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

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. What do you fear most about an unknown test that may be coming?
  2. Where do you think your faith is the strongest? The weakest?
  3. What do you believe is too much for you to be able to withstand faithfully?
  4. In what ways do you fear that you will fail the faith test?

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

Discussion from Part 1:

  • Take whatever anxiety that you are feeling about your current test or context or any future one you imagine and try to make them stand up in light of these verses:
  • Colossians 1:29 “…I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
  • Jeremiah 20:11 “But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior.I am anxious about being rejected but,
  • Jeremiah 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”
  • Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
  • Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing ‘Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

‘TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, 
and to take him at his word; 
just to rest upon his promise, 
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! 
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er! 
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! 
O for grace to trust him more! 

O how sweet to trust in Jesus, 
just to trust his cleansing blood; 
and in simple faith to plunge me 
‘neath the healing, cleansing flood! (chorus) 

Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus, 
just from sin and self to cease; 
just from Jesus simply taking 
life and rest, and joy and peace. (chorus)

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. (chorus)

CCLI Song # 306772
Louisa M. R. Stead | Steve Adams
© Words: Public Domain
Music: 1981 Bridge Building Music, Inc. (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
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Benediction

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