Worship Resources for March 29, 2020
Good morning. This is week five of Lent, and week five of our worship series on The Lord’s Prayer. This week Pastor Chris is preaching on the petition: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Call to Worship
We’ve gathered together in the presence of God
to offer our praise and our prayers.
We come before God with confidence,
knowing that even when we can’t find the words,
God’s own Spirit is right here with us,
praying in us and for us,
giving shape to our wordless hopes and longings,
and pleading for us before the throne of grace.
So let’s come with joy to offer our worship
to God who knows and loves us all. --Romans 8:26-27, The Message
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Call to Confession
We are the people of God, but we are reminded daily that we still sin. We confess our failures, our anxiety, our shortcomings, knowing that the Lord Jesus intercedes for us.
In this time of heightened tension, know that God freely forgives us, through his infinite goodness and mercy. So let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together.
Prayer of Confession
We do not know how to pray, Sovereign God. We have doubted you in the face of affliction and ignored you when things go well for us. When things become difficult we come crying to you, asking why things are so hard, forgetting your promises. You promised to help us in our weakness, yet we live as if we can rely only on ourselves. We have not pursued your kingdom as the only treasure worth claiming. We have feared to trust your assurance and guidance. We ask your forgiveness and seek the renewal of our covenant with you and with one another. Hear now our silent prayers.
spend a few moments in silence, praying.
Assurance of Pardon
In our love for each other, we experience God's love for us. In forgiving each other, we remember how deeply God has forgiven us. We are God's children, called to be different, called to live as new people. Friends, this is the good news offered to us: through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, we are able to be God’s people.
Thanks be to God. We are forgiven. Amen
Song of Response
HEARING THE WORD
1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Song of Response
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly pow'rs, no thanks to them, abideth;The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still,His kingdom is forever.
OFFERINGS OF THANKSGIVING
The Prayer Team asks you to support and nurture the faith of the youth in our church by praying for them each week. Please pray for Noah Yant (3/25), Morgan Scott (3/26), and Kate Vanderveen (3/28) who are each celebrating a birthday this week.
Please visit our page for prayer requests and submit any requests you might have.
Church of the Savior General Fund
This funds the operations of this church, our staff, and our programs.
Bridge of Hope’s mission is to end and prevent homelessness for women and their children with the help of trained mentoring groups within congregations. Single mothers achieve permanent housing and financial self-sufficiency through employment and attain stability through ongoing mentoring.
You are also welcome to mail checks to the church
Church of the Savior
1855 North Hickory Road
South Bend, IN 46635
Lord, may our worship be acceptable before you. We pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding will be with us throughout this coming week. Help us to make a difference in the world this new week. Let our words and actions reflect your word. Help us to practice what we have learned today. Bless us as our worship ends. Help us never to forget that you’re with us always. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.