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Village Church of Lincolnshire

Liturgy for Home Worship 4/26/20

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 maintain unity in our worship—even while we’re separated. 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 a few of the videos won’t be available until Sunday, 4/26/20 at 10:00 AM CST.

Jesus’ Healing Power

Invocation

Heavenly Father, thank you for the deep healing you’ve provided for our souls. We come now with a deep desire to love you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Enliven our worship this morning, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 150:1–6 (ESV)

150 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens!

Praise him for his mighty deeds;

praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with sounding cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

 

Song: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Link: Keith and Krystin Getty, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

 

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 35:3-10 (ESV)

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Steve Postma: Isaiah 35:3-10

Isaiah 35:3–10 (ESV)

Strengthen the weak hands,

and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who have an anxious heart,

“Be strong; fear not!

Behold, your God

will come with vengeance,

with the recompense of God.

He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then shall the lame man leap like a deer,

and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness,

and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool,

and the thirsty ground springs of water;

in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,

the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

And a highway shall be there,

and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;

the unclean shall not pass over it.

It shall belong to those who walk on the way;

even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

No lion shall be there,

nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;

they shall not be found there,

but the redeemed shall walk there.

10  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return

and come to Zion with singing;

everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

they shall obtain gladness and joy,

and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Offering

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 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: Matthew 6:19–21 (ESV)

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Song: Take My Heart and Let it Be

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Jacob O’Marrah: “Take My Heart and Let it Be”

 

New Testament Reading: Luke 5:17-26 (ESV)

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Doug Cummings: Luke 5:17-26

17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

 

New Testament Reading: John 14:12-14 (ESV)

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Wendy Miller: John 14:12-14

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

 

Pastoral Prayer

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Bryan Just, Pastoral Prayer: 4/26/20

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. 

 

Sermon: Jesus’ Healing Power

Pastor Kenny Silva

Not available until 4/26/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Kenny Silva, “Jesus’ Healing Power”

 

Song: I Stand Amazed

Link: Reawaken Hymns, “I Stand Amazed”

 

Closing Prayer

Father, thank you for healing us and making us instruments of your grace. May the healing we’ve received from you be a model of hope to others and a beacon of light for your glorious kingdom, especially in this uniquely challenging season. Amen.

 

Closing Charge: Colossians 3:16–17 (ESV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

If you did not get a chance to do so earlier in the service, we encourage you to visit http://evcl.org/give to make your weekly offering. To learn more about why giving is so important to our faith during this season, see this letter from Pastor Kenny. For detailed instructions on how to give online, click here.

Kenny Silva (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is the Interim Senior Pastor at the Village Church of Lincolnshire, as well as a PhD Candidate in Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kenny is a co-author of How to be Present in an Absent World and the author of Launch Your Life. He lives in Vernon Hills with his wife, Suzane, and their three children: Cesar, Ellie, and Sophie.