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Village Church of Lincolnshire

Liturgy for Home Worship 5/17/20

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, 5/17/20 at 10:00 AM CST.

Let Us Draw Near to God and One Another

Invocation

Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious blood of Jesus that washes us clean and makes a way for us to come into your presence. We pray that your Holy Spirit would stir our hearts and sanctify our minds as we lift our voices to you. Amen.

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 50:1-6 (ESV)

 1 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
before him is a devouring fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4 He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah

 

Confession of Sin

Adapted from Psalm 32 by Kirsten Sittler

[Leader] When I kept silent, my bones wasted away. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me. Then, I acknowledged my sin, and did not cover up my iniquity, and confessed my transgressions to the Lord, and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

[Group] Let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found.

[Leader] Father, we confess that we are deceived. We have called good the things you call bad. We have befriended this world, forgetting that friendship with the world is hatred to God. We deceive ourselves by placing our deepest trust in self, other people, institutions, and things that do not deserve it.

[Group] Many are the sorrows of the wicked but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. Blessed is the one in whose spirit is no deceit.

[Leader] Lord Jesus, we confess our sin. On our own: We are not righteous; We do not understand; We do not seek God; We do not do good; We do not fear God. Lord Jesus, we trust you. Cover our sin with your atoning blood.

[Group] Many are the sorrows of the wicked but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. Blessed is the one in whose spirit is no deceit.

[Leader] You are our hiding place; you will protect us from trouble and surround us with songs of deliverance. Restore to us the joy of your salvation. Let us proclaim:

[Group] “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!”

 

Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Song:  Amazing Grace

Not available until 5/17/20 at 10 AM

Link: Jacob O’Marrah, “Amazing Grace”

 

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (ESV)

Not available until 5/17/20 at 10 AM

Link: Faith Rasmussen, Deuteronomy 7:6-8

6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 

New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV)

Not available until 5/17/20 at 10 AM

Link: Rebekah Just, 1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV)
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

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

Reading: I Peter 4:7-11 (ESV)

7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Song: Blessed Assurance

Link: “Blessed Assurance”

 

Pastoral Prayer 

Stamati Taktikos, Elder

Not available until 5/17/20 at 10 AM

Link: Stamati Taktikos, Pastoral Prayer 5/17/20

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: Let Us Draw Near to God and One Another

Pastors Kenny Silva and Casey Dwyer

Link: “Let Us Draw Near to God and One Another”

 

Song: Christ Is Enough

Link: “Christ Is Enough”

 

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the immeasurable riches of your grace that you have poured out on us in Christ. We thank you are with us no matter where we are, and we pray you’d give us wisdom as consider how best to meet together. Amen.

 

Benediction: The UK Blessing

Link: “The UK Blessing”

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.v

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.

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