March 15, 2020
We'll shift our focus for the next couple of weeks toward the season of Lent. Lent is simply a time of preparation where we look inwardly to examine the depths of our need that we would more fully experience the joy of God's provision during Easter.
Prelude – "Lord Have Mercy"
This is a new song that really sets the tone for the morning. Note the theme of repentance throughout: "For what we have done and left undone, we fall on your countless mercies. For sins that are known and those unknown, we call on your name so holy. For envy and pride, for closing our eyes, for scorning our very neighbor. In thought word and deed we've failed you our King, how deeply we need a Savior. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us."
"Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy"
We'll begin the corporate singing with the words of the first two verses: "Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love and power. Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God's free bounty glorify, true belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh."
"Sing to Jesus"
We'll continue to look to Christ in the midst of our need and sing of our hope in him as our Redeemer: "Come and see, look on this mystery; the Lord of the universe nailed to a tree. Christ, our God, spilling his holy blood, bowing in anguish his sacred head. Sing to Jesus, Lord of our shame, Lord of our sinful hearts, he is our great Redeemer. Sing to Jesus, honor his name, sing of his faithfulness: pouring his life out unto death."
"All I Have Is Christ"
We'll conclude the corporate singing by making explicit what we've sung thus far and ending with the true proclamation that all we have, indeed all we need, is Christ. "But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost you looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross. And I beheld God's love displayed, you suffered in my place. You bore the wrath reserved for me, now all I know is grace. Hallelujah! All I Have is Christ! Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!"
Communion – "The Old Rugged Cross"
We'll do this one instrumentally as we come to the table of the Lord. "On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross. The emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain."
Response – "He Will Hold Me Fast"
On mornings such as this where we focus so heavily on sin and repentance, it is always good to do so with the assurance of pardon. This song serves to send us back into the world with the understanding that "though our love is often cold, he will hold us fast." "Those he saves are his delight, Christ will hold me fast; Precious in his holy sight, he will hold me fast. He'll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; bought by him at such a cost, he will hold me fast."