Words for Worship – 5/30/21

We begin the summer sermon series called “You Asked For It!” Pastor Peter responds to the questions you have about Scripture or spirituality or society. If you’re wondering what the Bible has to say about a current event or hot topic, feel free to submit your question. This week we wrestle with “why do the wicked prosper?” All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                                                Our Eternal Father                                                                                                                                 

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 37

Do not fret because of the wicked;
   do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
   and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
   so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
   and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
   do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
   over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
   Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For the wicked shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
   though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land,
   and delight in abundant prosperity.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
   he is their refuge in the time of trouble.

The Lord helps them and rescues them;
   he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.

*HYMN #492                                                           Come, Thou Almighty King                                                                                                                                 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, when we see bad people get away with bad things we recognize the desire to respond with anger and wrath, to return insult for insult. There is a part of us the bears a grudge and wants to get revenge. But, we trust your Word that warns us this path only leads to evil. So, bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we might refrain from anger and forsake wrath. Help us to leave behind deceit and death so that we might take hold of truth and life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #620                                                                                      Good To Me                                                                                                                                 

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – John 14:1-7

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ 

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

ANTHEM                                                                                             We Believe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                                                                                       John 8:31-51

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’

Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’

They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are indeed doing what your father does.’ They said to him, ‘We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.’

The Jews answered him, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?’ Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a demon; but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’

SERMON                     “Why do the wicked prosper?”                                    

*HYMN #574                                                                   How Great Is Our God                                                                                                                                 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                                                     Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory                                                                

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516   Bless the Lord, O My Soul

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