Liturgy for Home Worship: 3/22/2020
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 videos won’t premiere until Sunday, 3/22/20, at 10:30 AM CST.
The Lord of All
Our God and Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. Though we are parted in terms of bodily presence this morning, we thank you that we still enjoy a command bond in Christ and by the Holy Spirit. Come and inhabit our praises, now, we pray. Amen.
Call to Worship: Psalm 100:1-5, NIV
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
“All I Have is Christ”
Link: “All I Have is Christ”
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53:1–6 (NIV)
1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
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: 2 Corinthians 8:8–9 (NIV)
8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 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 through his poverty might become rich.
“Give Me Jesus”
Link: “Give Me Jesus”
Father, we thank you for the grace you have extended to us in grace. We thank you that we can come before you this morning not as cursed sinners but blessed sons and daughters. During these trying and uncertain times, we find our ultimate hope and security in You alone. Help us, Lord, to trust that Your ways are always good and that Your will is being done in a glorious way, even in this time of crisis. We lift our voices to you, Lord.
- 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 sacrifices we’ve made to protect one another and their success in slowing the spread of this virus, 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 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 2:22–36 (ESV)
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
35 until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Sermon: The Lord of All
Link: “The Lord of All”
“Before the Throne of God Above”
Link: Sovereign Grace Music, “Before the Throne of God Above”
Father, we thank you for sending your only begotten Son to live and die for us. We thank you for our faithful High Priest, that He knows our every sorrow, that He can sympathize with our every fear, and that He will never turn His face away from us. In these trying times, we pray you would remind us of the trial He endured for us. By your grace and through the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to find the strength and encouragement we need to face these days well.
Benediction: Hebrews 13:20–21 (NIV)
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.