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Village Church of Lincolnshire

Liturgy for Home Worship 5/3/20

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, 5/3/20 at 10:00 AM CST.

Why Do You Wonder at This?

Invocation

Heavenly Father, thank you for writing us into your marvelous story. Thank you for rescuing us from the darkness of sin and bringing us into the light. Help us now to worship as children of the light, to confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and sing praises to His wonderful name. Amen.

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1–3 (ESV)

95 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

 

Song: Is He Worthy?

Link: “Is He Worthy?”

 

Confession of Sin

The reader should read this prayer aloud and invite everyone else to join him or her in saying, “Lord, we confess.”

Our gracious God and Father, we thank you that we can come before your throne as forgiven sons and daughters. Still, we lament the vestiges of iniquity that remain. We confess our transgressions to you this morning, for we know you delight to forgive and restore:

  • We have often put other things and people before you. Lord, we confess.
  • We have bowed down to the idols that are our own worldly desires. Lord, we confess.
  • We have not always borne your name with reverence. Lord, we confess.
  • We have traded the deep rest that is ours in Christ for the bitter fruits of our own anxious labor. Lord, we confess.
  • We have not shown our mothers and fathers the honor they are due. Lord, we confess.
  • We have murdered our brothers, sisters, and neighbors with our anger. Lord, we confess.
  • We have not kept our eyes clean and our hearts pure. Lord, we confess.
  • We have withheld from others the generous gifts you have so graciously bestowed upon us. Lord, we confess.
  • We have not labored to preserve the good name of our neighbors. Lord, we confess.
  • We have coveted that which is not ours. Lord, we confess.

Lord, grant us the repentance that leads to life. We know you are faithful to do so through the abundant grace of Christ, our High Priest. Amen.

 

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

Link: Sojourn, “Before the Throne of God Above”

 

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 (ESV)

Jenn Uren, Jim Baker, Jim Stamoolis

Not available until 5/3/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Isaiah 52:13–53:12 (ESV)

He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions

13  Behold, my servant shall act wisely;

he shall be high and lifted up,

and shall be exalted.

14  As many were astonished at you—

his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,

and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—

15  so shall he sprinkle many nations.

Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,

for that which has not been told them they see,

and that which they have not heard they understand.

53 Who has believed what he has heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

and as for his generation, who considered

that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked

and with a rich man in his death,

although he had done no violence,

and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10  Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;

he has put him to grief;

when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11  Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

12  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

because he poured out his soul to death

and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,

and makes intercession for the transgressors.

 

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: 2 Corinthians 8:8–9 (ESV)

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

 

Song: The Love of God Is Greater Far

Not available until 5/3/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Jacob O’Marrah, “The Love of God Is Greater Far”

 

Pastoral Prayer

Not available until 5/3/20 at 10 AM.

Pastor Casey Dwyer

Link: Casey Dwyer, Pastoral Prayer 5/3/20

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: Why Do You Wonder at This?

Pastor Kenny Silva

Not available until 5/3/20 at 10 AM.

Link: Kenny Silva, “Why Do You Wonder at This?”

 

Song: Jesus Paid it All

Link: Fernando Ortega, “Jesus Paid it All”

 

Closing Prayer

Father, thank you for sending the Author of Life to open the way to eternal life with you. Help us to remember the plot to your wonderful story and join the action as we extend the blessing you have so richly bestowed upon us. Amen.

 

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)

24  The Lord bless you and keep you;
25  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 

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.