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 23.
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 86:8-13
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart ,and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me.
We Sing Praises to God
Sing Shout to the Lord as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
SHOUT TO THE LORD
My Jesus, my Savior,
Lord, there is none like You.
All of my days I want to praise,
the wonders of Your mighty love
My Comfort, my Shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let ev’ry breath, all that I am
never cease to worship You.
Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing
power and majesty, praise to the King;
mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
Sing Sing to the Lord as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
SING TO THE LORD
Righteous Ruler of the heavens, Holy, holy, our God
Sovereign Lord of all creation, Holy, holy, our God
Every tribe and tongue, Lift your voice as one,
He is greatly to be praised
Sing to the Lord, oh my soul, Let the heavens shout for joy
Great is our God, Great is our God
Nations come and bow before Him, Holy, holy, our God
Angels sing now and forever, Holy, holy, our God (chorus)
Jesus, come let us adore him, Holy, holy, our God
Jesus, come let us adore him, Holy, holy, our God (chorus)
CCLI Song # 5065949
Matt Crocker | Mike Guglielmucci
© 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI License # 1579589
God Reveals His Will for Our Lives
Read from I Corinthians 1:17–25 (ESV)
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
We Confess Our Sins to God
Three times in these verses, the Apostle Paul mentions the power of the cross and the Christ crucified on it. That emphasizes something true about the nature of our lives in Christ. The Lord has given power–His power–to us, and He intends that we should live by that power. If you have not lived a “power life” this week and have given into sin because you believed that the power of sin is greater than the power of the cross of Christ, confess that. If you have believed that Satan, the one who is in the world, is greater than Christ, the One who is in you, confess that. If you have not believed that the power of Christ would not be strong enough for the life of someone else and have, therefore, not offered them the hope and the help of the gospel, confess that.
These verses make it clear that God’s plan does not always make “sense” to us. Earthly sensibilities say that a plan that includes a cross is foolish and should not be believed. If you have been ashamed of the cross this week, if you have believed that it makes a poor showing in comparison to the wisdom of the world, if you have found yourself drawn more to the wisdom of the world than to the gospel, confess that.
Then pray the inverse. Pray that as you rise from confession that you would rise embracing the power of Christ and His cross in your life. Pray that the wisdom of the cross would burn in you so that you are compelled to share the wisdom of it with others.
God Assures Us of His Forgiveness
Read from I Corinthians 1:26- 31 (ESV)
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Sing In Christ Alone as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
IN CHRIST ALONE
In Christ alone, my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my All in all, Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone—who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe. This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save. ‘Til on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied. For ev’ry sin on Him was laid, Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain. Then bursting forth in glorious day, Up from the grave He rose again. And as He stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me. For I am His and He is mine, Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the pow’r of Christ in me. From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand. ‘Til He returns or calls me home, Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.
CCLI Song # 3350395
Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
© 2001 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI License # 1579589
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 with Rev. John Song as he leads us in prayer. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
**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.
Our Senior Pastor Rev. Craig Bailey again preaches this week from Jeremiah 32:6-27.
Strategy 2: Trust the Word of the Lord Even When You Do Not Understand
6 Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: 7 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.’ 8 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.
9 “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: 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. 18 You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, 19 great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. 20 You have shown signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day. 21 You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror. 22 And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23 And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them. 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 32:6-27
Listen to the Introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions from the Introduction:
- What is the Lord doing in your life right now that you find most confusing?
- What requirements of God’s Word do you find most confusing? I.e. “Why would you ask or require this Lord?”
- What requirements of God’s Word do you find most difficult to obey?
- On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, what is your anxiety level because you cannot figure out what the Lord is up to in your life?
Listen to Part 1. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions from Part 1:
I Peter 1: 24-25 “‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
- What does our culture believe to be the “glory” of human life? What do you believe to be the “glory” of human life?
- What place do you believe the word of God should have in our culture?
- What impact do you believe this verse will have on your attitude to the word of the Lord?
- What impact do you believe this verse will have on your application to the word of God in your own life?
Jeremiah 32:8-9 “…Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. And I bought the field at Anathoth…”
List the practical steps you will take to remain faithful to the word of God even when it doesn’t make sense.
We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord
Sing Speak O Lord as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
SPEAK, O LORD
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You, To receive the food of Your Holy Word. Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; Shape and fashion us in Your likeness, That the light of Christ might be seen today. In our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us.
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience, Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes, In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see, Your majestic love and authority. Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds; Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—Truths unchanged from the dawn of time, That will echo down through eternity. And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises, And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us. Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
CCLI Song # 4615235
Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
© 2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI License # 1579589
Watch Craig’s Benediction + a special message. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.