Worship Guide for Sunday, August 2, 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 2. We’re excited to welcome to Charleston and to the Redeemer family our new assistant pastor Rev. John Song! He and his new wife Paige moved to town last month, and he’s preaching for us today.

Listen to Rev. John Song’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 105:1-8
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.

We Sing Praises to God

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

AS THE DEER
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee


You’re my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything (chorus)

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy-giver
And the apple of my eye (chorus)

CCLI Song # 1431
Martin Nystrom
© 1984 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
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Sing Man of Sorrows as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

MAN OF SORROWS
Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid

Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father’s will
He took a crown of thorns

Oh that rugged cross my salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out hallelujah
Praise and honor unto Thee


Sent of heaven God’s own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree (chorus)

Now my debt is paid
It is paid in full
By the precious blood
That my Jesus spilled
Now the curse of sin
Has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed

See the stone is rolled away
Behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah God be praised
He’s risen from the grave (chorus)

CCLI Song # 6476063
Brooke Ligertwood | Matt Crocker
© 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 1579589

God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from James 4:1-4
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 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! 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.

And read from John 15:12-17
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

We Confess Our Sins to God

So often our realization of God is limited to the perspective that we live in our present day. In this time where we are so disconnected, we succumb to what James 4 talks about as ungodly “passions.” We fight. We quarrel. We are envious of others. We treat one another selfishly and expect others to fulfill our needs above their own. Even worse, we seek all this pursuing the affirmation and praise of the world rather than resting in the love that we have in Christ. And as the growing disappointments of the world, the flesh, and the enemy assail us, we go further and further down into these passions, believing that the solution lies in our own pursuits.

Take time to meditate on the idea that Jesus calls us friend. For those who have believed in the redeeming power of Christ’s work for us, the idea requires us to consider 1) how we can be a friend to one another and 2) how often we have pursued friendship with the world rather than friendship with God–that while we were still dead in our sins and enemies of God, he sent Christ as friend to us. Confess to God your sins now.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Psalm 32:1-4
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 

Sing I Stand Amazed as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

I STAND AMAZED (MY SAVIOR’S LOVE)
I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me
A sinner condemned unclean
How marvelous how wonderful
And my song shall ever be

How marvelous how wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me


He took my sins and my sorrows
He made them His very own
He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone (chorus)

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me (chorus)

CCLI Song # 4674207
Charles Hutchinson Gabriel | Chris Tomlin
© sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Vamos Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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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 love one another well in a season of disconnection in our world. Pray for those that you know in your community group, for their needs and requests. Pray for our deacons and the work they do to sustain the church and the ministry of mercy. Pray for our elders as they shepherd the flock. Pray for Pastor Craig and Pastor John as they continue the ministry of word and deed. Pray for our nation and relational reconciliation between opposing forces that are seemingly never ending–that the love of Christ would pervade over all things.

Philippians 2:1-3 remind us “
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” 

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 a new two-week sermon series on Covenantal Friendship. Our first sermon is broken into two parts, coming from I Samuel 18:1-3.

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

I Samuel 18:1-3

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. Who would you say is your best friend right now? (You can pick multiple if you’re indecisive. It’s okay!) What qualities do they possess that make them your best friend?
  2. What does it look like to be a friend to one another in covenant during this season of COVID-19? 

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. Consider the influences of the world, the flesh, and the devil on your relationships. What has made covenant friendship difficult in your own life? What temptations/sins are there to keep people at a distance? 
  2. How do we bear each other’s sufferings and shame to picture Christ as friend to others? Take some time to share with one another what has been the most difficult experience you’ve had this past season, and take the time to pray for one another.

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

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

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations
Is there trouble anywhere
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden
Cumbered with a load of care
Precious Savior still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Do thy friends despise forsake thee
Take it to the Lord in prayer
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee
Thou wilt find a solace there

CCLI Song # 27714
Charles Crozat Converse | Joseph Medlicott Scriven
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Benediction

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