Worship Guide for Sunday, August 9, 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 9. 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 again 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 65:1-8
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion,
    and to you shall vows be performed.
O you who hear prayer,
    to you shall all flesh come.
When iniquities prevail against me,
    you atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
    to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
    the holiness of your temple!
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
    O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
    being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

We Sing Praises to God

Sing On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

ON JORDAN’S STORMY BANKS
On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.

I am bound; I am bound; I am bound for the Promised Land,
I am bound; I am bound; I am bound for the Promised Land.


All o’er those wide extended plains,
Shines one eternal day;
There God the Son forever reigns,
And scatters night away. (chorus)

No chilling winds nor pois’nous breath,
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness, sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more. (chorus)

When shall I reach that happy place,
And be forever blest?
When shall I see my Father’s face,
And in His bosom rest? (chorus)

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| Christopher Miner
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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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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from Joshua 3:7-17
The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan. Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

And read from James 2:14-23
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do yu want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

We Confess Our Sins to God

In these two passages, we see that responding to the covenant requires a response to our faith in the covenant maker. The Israelites had to trust that God was going to help them cross the treacherous Jordan river, and in doing so would also remind them that God would deliver them from the enemies that awaited them across the river. Abraham had to believe that God was going to be faithful to his promises to establish his family as the people of God, even if that meant sacrificing his firstborn on the altar! What was the foundation of both of these stories that led the people of God to trust and believe in Him? It was the symbol of the covenant that God gave to both: the ark of the covenant for the Israelites, and the sign of circumcision to Abraham.

Today the signs of God’s covenant to us are pictured in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; pictures of Christ and his friendship toward us that remind us that He is faithful to deliver us even when circumstances seem unbearable and hopeless. Covenant signs remind us that the love of Christ, who laid down his life for his friends (John 15:13), is calling us to be symbols of love to others as we love God. Where are you most prone to doubt in the Lord’s covenant promises to you? How have we failed to act in responding in faith to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves?

Confess to God your sins now.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Psalm 25:6-15
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For your name’s sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
    and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
    for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Sing Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine I can sing all is mine
Yet not I but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side the Savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need his power is displayed
To this I hold my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome
Yet not I but through Christ in me

No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free
Yet not I but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I but through Christ in me

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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 RPC, that we seek out opportunities to grow in covenant friendship to one another and to our neighbors in this season. Pray for those that you know in your community group, for their needs and requests. Pray for those experiencing financial and physical hardship in our community and in the world. Pray for wisdom for our elders and deacons as we continue to learn how to do ministry in this season. Pray for our missionaries and City Bible Church in Beirut, as they are ministering to the community in the aftermath of the explosion that took the lives of over 100 and injured thousands more. 

James 5:16 reminds us “
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

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 finishes a sermon series on Covenantal Friendship. Our second sermon is broken into two parts, coming from II Samuel 9.

And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”

Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table, like one of the king’s sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

II Samuel 9

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. Why do we tend to think of friendships as “doing” rather than “being”?
  2. How can we go beyond inconvenience to build God’s kingdom in our friendships?

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. Can you think of a time where restoring a relationship was difficult but worth it? 
  2. What would true Christian fellowship require of us? How does the generosity of God as King remind us of our call as Christians?

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing We Will Feast in the House of Zion as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

WE WILL FEAST IN THE HOUSE OF ZION
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the Lord our God
We are not consumed by the flood
Upheld protected gathered up (chorus)

In the dark of night before the dawn
My soul be not afraid
For the promised morning oh how long
Oh God of Jacob be my strength (chorus)

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together bring shalom (chorus)

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Benediction

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