Worship Guide for Sunday, September 6, 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, September 6.

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

Listen as John reads from Psalm 97
The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!
Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

We Sing Praises to God

Sing Come Thou Almighty King as Fred Hudson leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Come Thou Almighty King, Help us Thy name to sing
Help us to praise, Father all glorious, O’er all victorious
Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days

Come Thou Incarnate Word, Gird on Thy mighty sword
Our prayer attend, Come and Thy people bless, And give Thy Word success, Spirit of holiness, On us descend

Come Holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour, Thou who almighty art, Now rule in ev’ry heart, And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of pow’r

To Thee great One in Three, Eternal praises be
Hence evermore, Thy sov’reign majesty, May we in glory see
And to eternity, Love and adore

CCLI Song # 29073
Felice de Giardini
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Sing Wonderful Merciful Savior as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost our way

You are the One that we praise, You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace, Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Bowing before Your throne
Oh, we’re bowing before Your throne (chorus)

CCLI Song # 106879
Dawn Rodgers | Eric Wyse
© 1989 Curb Dayspring Music (Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.)
Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 1579589

God Reveals His Will for Our Lives

Read from II Peter 1:3-11
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We Confess Our Sins to God

Peter writes that Worship in the Waiting of God’s Kingdom gives us purpose in the here and now, despite our struggles and failures. After all, Peter himself needed this reminder after he had denied Christ three times! He reveals to us that we have access to a strength that is not our own, and a grace that enables us to love and live for God in our present day. Yet we despair in the weight of our circumstances; we take pride in the accomplishments of our own power; we become blind in showing brotherly affection, virtue, and love toward one another. We forget that the divine power of God is leading and guiding us through life’s challenges. We try to lean on our own wisdom, understanding, and self-reliant power to carry us, and then wonder why we feel so hopeless and burned out when trials come. Let’s take some time to repent in the ways that we have relied too much on our own strength and knowledge, that we have rejected God’s grace and power available to us, and that we have been blind to our showing the love Christ to those around us.

God Assures Us of His Forgiveness

Read from John 21:15-19
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 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.”

Sing When I Survey as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from His head His hands His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul my life my all (chorus)

CCLI Song # 27893
Isaac Watts | Lowell Mason
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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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 support those in need in both word and deed within our community groups. Pray for our covenant children, for their health and well-being as they return to schools this week. Pray for our community group leaders, our deacons, and elders as they seek to foster spiritual community, serve the church, and shepherd the flock of God. Pray for the City of Charleston, that God would continue to grow and build His Kingdom. Pray for our RPC missionaries in North and South America, that they would continue to share and spread the love of Christ and the gospel message.

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 concludes his two-part series on Worship in Waiting from Hebrews 13:1-16.

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

13 Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
    I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent[a] have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13:1-16

Questions from the Introduction:

  1. What was the weirdest rule that you had to follow at your work/school/group? Why was it so important to follow?
  2. Why do beliefs fail to translate into action? What barriers prevent companies/institutions/churches to live up to the lofty ideals they profess? 

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

Questions from Part 1:

  1. What are some of the difficulties for you, in whatever context (i.e., suburban, city, rural) or personality (i.e., introvert, extrovert) or stage of life (i.e., married, single, etc.) to practice Philadelphia and PhilaXenia?
  2. What has made it harder for the church to live out these principles in our current time and age? In what ways have these problems existed prior to the pandemic?

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

Questions from Part 2:

  1. What area of your life is filled with “PhilAgyria” (Love of Money)? This could be anything that you are discontent with right now in where God has planted and placed you.
  2.  What is the difference between building the Kingdom by grace vs. Building the Kingdom by performance? What does failure in each of these produce in the heart of the Christian?

We Acknowledge the Goodness of the Lord

Sing By Faith as Fred leads us. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video.

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise, We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward, ‘Til the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the pow’r to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave (chorus)

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth (chorus)

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name (chorus)

CCLI Song # 5469291
Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend
© 2009 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
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Watch John’s Benediction. Click here for the link or watch the embedded video below.

Resources for Further Growth

Ross Lester “What I’ve Learned as a Suburban Church Planter”

Barbara Duguid’s excellent book “Extravagant Grace” on the topic of how do we change and live toward holiness without leaning on performance, guilt, or the illusion of our self sufficiency.