February 23, 2020
We'll sing this week about the mercy of the Lord shown to us through the sacrifice of Christ.
Prelude – "Nothing but the Blood"
We want to begin the service explicitly considering this sacrifice. We'll play this hymn as we quiet our hearts and minds before the Lord. The screens will display the first two verses of Psalm 51 for us to consider in preparation for worship. "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."
"His Mercy is More"
We'll begin the corporate singing in line with the Scripture and contemplation from the prelude. "What riches of kindness he lavished on us. His blood was the payment, his life was the cost. We stood 'neath a debt we could never afford. Our sins, they are many, his mercy is more. Praise the Lord! His mercy is more! Stronger than darkness, new every morn. Our sins, they are many. His mercy is more!"
"What a Beautiful Name"
This song doesn't function this morning to add anything new to the concept of mercy. Rather, it serves as a form of mini-response to the deep and rich truth we will have declared to this point. "Yours is the kingdom, yours is the glory, yours is the name above all names. What a powerful name it is."
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
Finally, we end the corporate singing with a weighty declaration of what mercy costs as well as what it requires of us: "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all."
Communion – "All the Way My Savior Leads Me"
We'll do the hymn instrumentally but would like to highlight the text of the first verse as we approach the table: "All the way my Savior leads me; what have I to ask beside? Can I doubt his tender mercy, who through life has been my guide? Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, here by faith in him to dwell; for I know, whatever befall me, Jesus doeth all things well."
[Enjoy our own Melody Randazzo singing it in the video!]
Response – "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
We'll be sent back into the world with the grand assurance of God's mercy. It is not dependent on us but is found solely in his abundant faithfulness – his steadfast love for his people. "Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me."