Liturgy for Home Worship 3/29/2020
During the coronavirus outbreak, our church has decided to forego its usual corporate gathering and to worship as individuals, families, and in small groups. This liturgy is designed to help us do that. To learn more about why we’re worshipping in this way, what a liturgy is, and how it works, click here. The liturgy is available for you to look at any time, but the sermon and last worship song won’t be available until Sunday, 3/29/20 at 10 AM CST.
Cut to the Heart
Heavenly Father, we gather now with our brothers and sisters, not in body but in spirit. We thank you that heaven came down in the person of your Son and the power of your Spirit. We ask now that heaven would come down once more as you inhabit the praises of your people. Amen.
Call to Worship: Psalm 148:1–6 (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Reading: The Valley of Vision
From Arthur Bennett (ed.), The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.
Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty,
thy glory in my valley.
“Be Thou My Vision”
Link: Audrey Assad, “Be Thou My Vision”
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:5–9 (NIV)
5 This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”
“Take my Life and Let it Be”
During this time, it’s more important than ever that we continue to embody our trust in the Lord’s provision through faithful, sacrificial giving. Please visit http://evcl.org/give/ and make your offering as a family as an intentional act of faith. Although online giving is preferred during this time, you may also write and mail your checks to:
Village Church of Lincolnshire
201 Riverwoods Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Read: Malachi 3:10–12 (NIV)
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Song: “All I Have is Yours”
Don’t sing along. Just listen and meditate on God’s gracious provision.
Link: Sojourn Music, “All I Have Is Yours”
Encourage your family or group to say each “Lord, hear our prayer” with you. You’ll find this standard form of liturgical response in sources like the Book of Common Prayer—a staple of Protestant worship since the Reformation.
Father, we thank you for the kindness you have shown us in Christ. We come before your throne with boldness, knowing that you have welcomed us into your presence for the sake of your beloved Son. We ask now that you would hear us as we lift our voices to you.
- For those across the world who have been afflicted by this virus, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the governments you have appointed to oversee these things, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the healthcare workers who are burdened with the care of the sick, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the churches you’ve placed on the front lines of this pandemic, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For our own church in this time of disruption, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the leaders you’ve called to shepherd this flock, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the most vulnerable among us, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the neighbors around us, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the slowing of the virus’ spread, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For our ability to testify to the peace we know in You, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For eyes to see and hands to serve our brothers, sisters, and neighbors, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the resources to show generosity to our friends and neighbors, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the students and families at Trinity who are suffering from economic hardship, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For our dear sister Connie, Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the words we are about to hear and the work of your Spirit upon our hearts and minds, Lord, hear our prayer
If you’re gathered in a group, this is a great time to pray together for specific needs and concerns that touch the folks in the room. You can either spend a few minutes sharing requests and then praying, or you can launch straight into a few minutes of group prayer.
New Testament Reading: Acts 2:37–41 (ESV)
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Sermon: Cut to the Heart
Not available until 3/29/2020 at 10 AM CST.
Link: “Cut to the Heart”
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
Not available until 3/29/2020 at 10 AM CST.
Father, thank you for rescuing us. Thank you for rescuing us from the valley of the shadow of death and raising us up to new life in your kingdom. We pray that, as we find ourselves in the valley once more, your life would give us hope, your light would direct our steps, and your love would move us towards others by whatever means we have available to us. Help us to be agents of mercy in a world of desperate need. Amen.
Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.