Worship Guide for Sunday, May 31, 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 31.
**And then join us this afternoon!

Join us for a CHURCH PICNIC this Sunday afternoon!

We’ll offer our at-home worship guide this Sunday morning as we’ve been doing the past few months. Then join us IN PERSON for a church picnic in the afternoon if you’re able.

We’ve gotten permission from Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church to gather on their grounds, and their bathrooms will be available to us. (Craig preached from the grounds in last week’s video.) Bring your own blankets, chairs, and food–and bug spray! There’s plenty of parking in their lot, and there’s plenty of green space to spread out as socially distant as you’d like to be.

LOCATION: Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church  |  2604 Ashley River Rd., 29414
TIME: Sunday, May 31  |  4-6 pm

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 from Psalm 104
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
These all look to you, when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Bless His Holy Name as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

BLESS HIS HOLY NAME
Bless the Lord, oh my soul
And all that is within me
Bless His holy name (repeat)

He has done great things
He has done great things
He has done great things
Bless His holy name

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Andraé Crouch
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Sing Holy, Holy, Holy as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty,
Early in the morning, our songs shall rise to Thee;
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty,
God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man, Thy glory may not see
Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth and sky and sea,
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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John Bacchus Dykes | Reginald Heber
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Music: Public Domain
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God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from Romans 8:1-8
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

We Confess Our Sins to God

These verses remind us that we are not condemned when we are in Christ. If you have lived like a condemned person, with a cloud of dread hanging over your head, confess that. We are also reminded that we have been set free. We are no longer slaves to sin. If you have lived as a slave, believing or living like you are still chained to sin, confess that. God has declared an end of sin’s control over us. If you have bowed to sin’s control, confess that. That good news is that God has given us His Spirit to control our living and our thinking. If you have not yielded to the leading of the Spirit, confess that. Confess as well the other ways you have not lived to please God.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from Romans 8:9-11
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

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

O GREAT GOD
O great God of highest heav’n,
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme,
Conquer every rebel pow’r
Let no vice or sin remain,
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forever more

I was blinded by my sin,
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within,
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life,
Opened up Your word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life,
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul,
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised,
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heav’n
Glorify Your Name through me

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Bob Kauflin© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
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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

This week, we are asking you to pray in your own homes silently or aloud.

First, pray for God’s people. Choose one of your Redeemer family members and pray for them as the Spirit of God leads you. Then choose a community group from Redeemer and pray for that group: its facilitator, host(s), and members.

Secondly, pray for God’s work. Ask the Lord to bring an unbeliever to your mind, and pray for that person to come to faith in Christ. Then pray for a member of your biological family that is not a believer and pray for them. After that, pray for the deacons of Redeemer. They are tasked with leading our church in works of service, justice, and mercy. Ask the Lord to fill these men with His Spirit to lead us in great work for the Lord.

Finally, pray for the world. Choose a missionary from Redeemer, or other missionaries with whom you have a personal connection, and pray for them and their work. 

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.

Rev. Craig Bailey preaches this week from Acts 2:1-4, including an introduction and two parts.

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

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. What might be some reasons that we do not celebrate the coming of the Spirit?
  2. What might those reasons reveal about our understanding of the Spirit and His role and value in our lives as individuals and our life together as a church: people who are becoming community in Christ and a family on mission together?
  3. Through the Spirit, we participate in the life of God. What do you think it means to participate in the life of God? How does the ability to “participate in the life of God” make you feel?

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

Questions from Part 1:

Suddenness:

  1. How good are you at being surprised? 
  2. In what ways might you have planned so much that you have not left room for the sudden work of the Spirit? 
  3. Are you brave enough to ask the Holy Spirit to work suddenly and when you don’t expect it? 

The Day of Pentecost:

  1. Ask yourself if you have a harvest mentality, if you really believe the fields are white unto harvest, and how interested you are in laboring in the fields.

The Wind:

  1. How are you seeing transformation in your life? 
  2. How are you being formed more and more into the image of Christ? 

The Fire:

  1. How passionate are you to see the dross, the sin of your life, burned away? 
  2. What place does Christ hold among the passions of your life?

The Tongues:

  1. How often do you speak the good news of the gospel? 
  2. What fears would you like to see stripped away from you, as the Spirit stripped them away from the disciples so that they could be bold proclaimers of the gospel? 
  3. How much do you long to see the nations of the world come to Christ? 
  4. What do you believe the interaction should be between local missions and worldwide missions? 
  5. How do you work to unite them as partners and prevent them from being contenders vying for prominence?

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. In what ways might you need to rethink the Person of the Spirit?
  2. In what ways might you need to reevaluate your relationship with the Spirit?
  3. In what ways do you intend to pursue not only the power of the Spirit, but the person of the Spirit?

Quotes from Sermon:
Augustine of Hippo: The Holy Spirit is “…a kind of inexpressible communion or fellowship of Father and Son…”  The Spirit is “…the common charity (love) by which the Father and the Son love each other.”

Jonathan Edwards:  “…an infinitely holy and sacred energy arises between the Father and Son in mutually loving and delighting in each other, for their love and joy is mutual, Proverbs 8:30 – ‘I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him’…The Holy Ghost is the…divine essence flowing out and breathed forth in God’s infinite love to and delight in Himself.”

C.S. Lewis: “The union between the Father and the Son is such a live concrete thing that this union itself is also a Person…What grows out of the joint life of the Father and the Son is a real Person, is in fact the Third of the three Persons who are God. This Third Person is called…the Holy Ghost or the ‘spirit’ of God…God is love, and…this spirit of love is, from all eternity, a love going on between the Father and the Son.”

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing Shine, Jesus, Shine as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

SHINE, JESUS, SHINE
Lord, the Light of Your Love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness shining,
Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth You now bring us,
Shine on me. Shine on me.

Shine, Jesus shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory.
Blaze, Spirit blaze,
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river flow,
Flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth Your word,
Lord and let there be light.

Lord I come to Your awesome presence,
From the shadows into Your radiance.
By the blood I may enter Your brightness,
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me. Shine on me. (chorus)

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness.
So our faces display Your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story.
Shine on me. Shine on me. (chorus)

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Graham Kendrick
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Benediction

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