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Village Church of Lincolnshire

Liturgy for Home Worship 5/24/20

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.

Speaking Truth to Power

Invocation

Father, you have created this world by the power of your mighty Word. And, though we had fallen in sin, you recreated us through that very same Word. Help us now as we lift our words in response. May we pray with boldness, sing with abandon, and respond with a wholehearted commitment to you. Amen.

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 149:1-4 (ESV)

“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” (Psalm 149:1–4)

 

Reading: Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-5 (ESV)

Jacob O’Marrah

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Link: Jacob O’Marrah, Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-5

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Gen 1:1-4)… By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host (Ps 33:6)… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1–5).

 

Song:  All Creatures of Our God and King

Link: “All Creatures of Our God and King”

 

Reading: Romans 3:9b-20 (ESV)

Dan Kissinger

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Link: Dan Kissinger, Romans 3:9b-20

“…For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Rom 3:9–20)

 

Song: Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior

Link: “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior”

 

Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17; 4:1-6 (ESV)

Matthew Tsado

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Link: Matthew Tsado, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17; 4:1-6

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ (2 Cor 2:14-17)… For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor 4:5–6)

 

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

Song: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
Jacob O’Marrah

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Link: Jacob O’Marrah, “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”

 

Pastoral Prayer 

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Carl Johnson, Elder

 

Link: Carl Johnson, Pastoral 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. 

 

Sermon: Speaking Truth to Power

Pastor Kenny Silva

Not available until 5/24/20 at 10 AM

Link: Kenny Silva, “Speaking Truth to Power”

 

Song: This Is My Father’s World

Link: “This Is My Father’s World”

 

Closing Prayer

Father, this is indeed your world, and you have made us to fill it with the knowledge of your goodness and glory. Help us to be bold in our speech, even though we are beset by opposition. For, we are bound to testify to the goodness of the One who has so graciously bound Himself to us in Christ. It is in His precious name we pray. Amen.

 

Doxology: Jude 24-25

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

 

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.