Worship at home with 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, May 17. (If you’re having any questions or problems with the worship guide, please reach out directly via our #tech-support channel on Slack.)
Listen to Rev. Craig Bailey’s greeting and introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
God Calls Us to Worship
Read in unison from Psalm 103
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed
like the eagle’s.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
We Sing Praises to God
Sing Everlasting God as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord (repeat)
Our God, You reign forever,
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God, The everlasting God
You do not faint, You won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles
CCLI Song # 4556538
Brenton Brown | Ken Riley
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Sing Ever Faithful, Ever Sure as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
EVER FAITHFUL, EVER SURE
Let us with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:
Let us blaze his name abroad,
For of gods he is the God
For His mercy shall endure. Ever faithful, ever sure.
For His mercy shall endure. Ever faithful ever sure.
He remembered us when low
Rescued us from every foe
His love feeds all living things
Shelters them beneath his wings (chorus)
He his chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
Let us with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind (chorus)
Lord of lords he rules above
Showing us his power and love
For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful ever sure (chorus)
CCLI Song # 5070518
Douglas Coombes | John Milton
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Lindsay Music
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives
Read from Hebrews 2:10-17
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, ‘I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.’ And again, ‘I will put my trust in him.’ And again he says, ‘Here am I, and the children God has given me.’
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
We Confess Our Sins to God
These verse remind us that Jesus became human so that He might better understand us and be approachable to us. If you have believed that Jesus doesn’t understand you, if you have believed (or acted as if) you cannot or should not approach Him or that He would not receive you if you did approach Him, confess that.
These verses also describe our condition as humans: We are fearful. We are often held in bondage–kept chained as slaves by our fear–especially our fear of death. These verses tell us that Jesus, by His death, has broken the power of that fear and set us free from it. Take time now to identity the ways that you have lived in fear this week and confess that fear to God. Confess the bondage that that fear has kept you in and the ways that that bondage has hindered your growth in Christ and your ability to be a blessing to others and to build His kingdom.
God Assures Us of His Forgiveness
Read from Hebrews 2:18
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
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 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 power, 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.
CCLI Song # 1558110
© 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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We Give to the Lord (Offering)
With an economy that is shut down, our country is experiencing financially challenging times. This has been reflected at Redeemer in the past several weeks as the giving has decreased significantly. 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
Click here for the link (or watch the embedded video below) for a special announcement and prayer request from Peter Mathias, one of our elders at Redeemer. Then pray with Peter as he leads us in Intercessory Prayer.
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 Church at Home guide which reflects on the meaning of biblical hope and what it means to hope during times of hopelessness.
Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from John 21:18-19, including an introduction and three parts.
Listen to Craig’s sermon introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions from the Introduction:
- Do you want an “S” on your chest?
- Do you seek to put one there?
- Do you think you should have one there?
- Why do you want an “S”?
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Listen to Part 1. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions for Part 1:
- Why do you think we as Christians often do not want to allow ourselves to be human?
- What do we fear from the acknowledgement that we are human?
- What are the implications of striving for an “S” instead of an “H” for our chests?
Listen to Part 2. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions from Part 2:
- How much time do you spend polishing the “S”?
- In what ways do you need to grow so that you approach the throne of grace more often and with less fear?
- Sometime today, make a list of the temptations with which you struggle and lay that list before the Lord and ask Him the ones He would not understand or which very human sins would He not forgive.
- Why do you think He would not understand them or give you grace for them?
- How do you hope and pray that the grace and mercy of Jesus will make your humanity more bearable and more beautiful?
Listen to Part 3. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.
Questions from Part 3:
- List the reasons why it might be difficult for you to let your humanity show.
- List what you fear might happen if you do let your humanity show.
- Brainstorm about how your willingness to be human in front of others might help them look to Jesus more for His mercy and grace.
We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord
Sing Grace as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.
Your grace that leads this sinner home
From death to life forever
And sings the song of righteousness
By blood and not by merit
Your grace that reaches far and wide
To every tribe and nation
Has called my heart to enter in
The joy of Your salvation
By grace I am redeemed
By grace I am restored
And now I freely walk
Into the arms of Christ my Lord
Your grace that I cannot explain
Not by my earthly wisdom
The prince of life without a stain
Was traded for this sinner (chorus)
Let praise rise up and overflow
My song resound forever
For grace will see me welcomed home
To walk beside my Savior (chorus)
CCLI Song # 7073330
Jonny Robinson | Niki Shepherd | Rich Thompson
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Watch Craig’s Benediction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.