Worship Guide for Sunday, August 30, 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 30.

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 27:7-14
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Praise to the Lord the Almighty as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, The King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings,
Yes, so gently sustaineth!
Hast Thou not seen, How all thy longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath,
Come now with praises before Him.
Let the amen sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

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Sing How Deep the Father’s Love for Us as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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Stuart Townend
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from II Peter 3:8-15
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.

We Confess Our Sins to God

For the next two weeks, we will be focusing on Worship in Waiting. For much of our lives we think of the Christian life as being “passive,” that we sit on our hands and wait for God to do something. But scripture reminds us often that there is something for us in the waiting: that God has called us to follow Him and pursue His “holiness and godliness” and to “be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish.”

In our tradition, we think of sins as both sins of “commission” (sins that we commit through acting on unbelief) and “omission” (sins that we commit because we should have acted in faith, but did not). It is sometimes easier to confess the sins of “commission” because the results of those sins are right in front of us (e.g., lying, stealing, gossip, etc.). It is much rarer to pray for sins of omission (e.g., neglecting our relationship with God, forgetting those hurting in our church community, etc.) because we fail to realize how our inaction affects our relationship with God and our neighbor.

Take some time to search and examine where the Holy Spirit may be convicting you of sins of omission right now, and repent those things up to Him.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Micah 7:18-20
18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
    and passing over transgression
    for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
    because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
    he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
    into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
    and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
    from the days of old.

Sing The Power of the Cross as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day
Christ on the road to Calvary
Tried by sinful men torn and beaten then
Nailed to a cross of wood

This the pow’r of the cross
Christ became sin for us
Took the blame bore the wrath
We stand forgiven at the cross

Oh to see the pain written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin
Ev’ry bitter thought ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow (chorus)

Now the daylight flees now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head
Curtain torn in two dead are raised to life
Finished the vict’ry cry (chorus)

Oh to see my name written in the wounds
For through Your suff’ring I am free
Death is crushed to death life is mine to live
Won through Your selfless love

This the pow’r of the cross
Son of God slain for us
What a love what a cost
We stand forgiven at the cross

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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 seek out community and fellowship during a challenging season of loneliness and disconnection. Pray that the church would be near to those who are suffering, hurting, or approaching glory. Pray for those that you know in your community group, for their needs and requests. Pray for RPC missionaries in Europe and in Africa, that they would continue to reach those there with the power of the Gospel. Pray for the division in our country, that there would be healing and reconciliation, and that Christians especially would act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly amidst tense times.

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 begins a new two-part series on Worship in Waiting from II Thessalonians 1:3-12.

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

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers,[a] as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from[b] the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I Thessalonians 1:3-12

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. Do you consider yourself a patient person? Why or why not? 
  2. What areas of your life do you find yourself impatient with God’s promises?   

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. Who in your life is inspiring you in your walk with Christ? What is it about their trials and difficulties that gives you encouragement?
  2. How can the church be strengthened through “bearing one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2)? Why is this sometimes hard? How is God made more glorious when we do this?

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. What aspects of God’s Kingdom are you most hopeful for in expectation?
  2. Why do believers affirm the power of prayer, yet not pray? Can you think of a time where prayer strengthen you in a time of trial?

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing O Church Arise as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

O church arise and put your armour on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies
An army bold whose battle cry is Love
Reaching out to those in darkness

Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him

So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory

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Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
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Watch John’s Benediction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

**For further growth, Pastor Song has provided resources on today’s sermon. Feel free to explore them if you wish to dive deeper into the Word throughout this week.

JC Ryle’s Chapter on Prayer


Wang Yi’s “My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience”


Tim Keller’s Book on Prayer:

The Late Dr. Howard Griffith on Christ’s Coming and the Glory that Awaits Us: