Worship Guide for Sunday, May 24, 2020

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 24. (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 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART, LORD
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart;
I want to see You, I want to see You. (repeat)

To see You high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your pow’r and love;
As we sing holy, holy, holy.  

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see you.

CCLI Song # 2298355
Paul Baloche
© 1997 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
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Sing How Great Is Our God as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD
The splendor of a King, Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, And darkness tries to hide
It trembles at His voice, Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age, He stands, And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end, Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One, Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb, Lion and the Lamb (chorus)

CCLI Song # 4348399
Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves
© 2004 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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Wondrously Made Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from I Peter 2:20-24
For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

We Confess Our Sins to God

These verses remind us that we are to follow Jesus. Not only is He our Savior and Lord,  but He also our example. We are to walk in His steps. In order to do that, we must keep our eyes on Him. If you have looked away from the Lord this week, and if you have followed the direction of your eyes and started following steps other than Christ’s, confess that. 

Jesus did not give into the normal reactions of the  flesh.  As these verses from I Peter clearly indicate, He did not return evil for evil. If you have given into human impulses instead of resisting them through the power of the Spirit and acting other than your flesh demands, confess that. 

These verses also remind us of the tremendous price that Jesus paid so that we can die to sin and live in a right way before God and others. If you have lived more for sin and less for righteousness, confess that. 

Finally, these verses remind us that healing is possible for us. If you have given up hope in the power of God for healing, confess that.  

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from I Peter 2:25
For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Sing All the Way My Savior Leads Me as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME
All the way my Savior leads me
 What have I to ask beside
 Can I doubt His tender mercy
 Who thro’ life has been my Guide
 Heav’nly peace divinest comfort
 Here by faith in Him to dwell
 For I know whate’er befall me
 Jesus doeth all things well
 For I know whate’er befall me
 Jesus doeth all things well

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for ev’ry trial
Feeds me with the living bread
Tho’ my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be
Gushing from the Rock before me
Lo a spring of joy I see
Gushing from the Rock before me
Lo a spring of joy I see

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above
When my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song thro’ endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
This my song thro’ endless ages
Jesus led me all the way

CCLI Song # 2741682
Fanny Jane Crosby
Public Domain
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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 months 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

Pray along with one of our elders Yates Jarvis, as he leads us to pray for God’s people, work, and world. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

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 profound wisdom found in the often misunderstood book of Ecclesiastes.

Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from John 21:18-22, including an introduction and two parts.

Listen to Craig’s sermon introduction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

Read from John 21:18-22

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.”

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. What are your biggest distractions from following Christ? 
  2. What part of your humanity do you most struggle to overcome to follow Christ faithfully?

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. When you hear “hard sayings” from Jesus and from the word of God, how do you respond?
  2. List the words or the actions that Jesus requires from a faithful follower that you would most like to ignore or that are the most difficult to follow.
  3. What needs to happen so that you face those difficult things instead of turning away from them? 
  4. What do you think might be the consequences for others if you fail to follow Christ faithfully even in the difficult things?

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. Perhaps the most difficult words for you to hear this morning are that the Lord is with you when you do not believe or feel like He is. So talk about that. Talk about what you think the presence of the Lord should look like or feel like. In what ways are those expectations Biblical? In what ways are they not?
  2. How much of the lack of “feeling” the presence of the Lord is because you are not looking at and looking for Him?
  3. Tell about a time you know the Lord was present with you.
  4. Earlier you listed the words and actions that Jesus requires from His faithful followers that you would most like to ignore or that are most difficult for you to follow. In what ways can those things begin to look like a co-calling between you and Jesus?
  5. If you haven’t felt Jesus’ presence with you, boldly ask Him to let you experience His presence in ways you haven’t in a long time or maybe ever.

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing I Have Decided to Follow Jesus as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus—
no turning back, no turning back

The world behind me, the cross before me,
the world behind me, the cross before me,
the world behind me, the cross before me—
no turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow,
though none go with me, still I will follow,
though none go with me, still I will follow,
no turning back, no turning back.

CCLI Song # 24494
Unknown
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 1579589

Benediction

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