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SERIES: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN – 21
A Simple Outline of Worship for June 7, 2020
INVOCATION AND OPENING WORDS
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Would you be surprised if I told you that I’m not a big fan of religion? By religion I mean all the pious sitting and standing and other rituals that people do. There’s nothing wrong with making the sign of the cross by any means! In fact, it can even be helpful. But you can wave your hand a hundred times in any direction you want, and it won’t save you. Religion is what we do. There was no one more religious than a Pharisee named Nicodemus who snuck a visit to Jesus one night – recorded in John chapter 3. Nicodemus would put us all to shame in the religion department. Jesus told Nicodemus that it wasn’t enough. Even super-religious Nicodemus wasn’t going to be saved by his religion. He needed a Savior. Just like me. And you. Let’s pray.
Jesus, we have fooled ourselves by our religion into thinking that we’re better than we actually are. We might appear to be good to others, but you aren’t fooled. You see us for who we are – desperate sinners in need of a Savior. Your law is like a mirror that shows us our sins. We confess to you and to one another here this morning that we are guilty of sin and deserving of your punishment here and forever. But we appeal to your undeserved love displayed on a cross where you died for us and paid for our sins. Cancel our debt of sin. Exchange our sins for your righteousness. Let all of our religion be a proper and loving response to you in return. Amen.
God declares you righteous and good not because of your religion, but because of his Son, Jesus, who has forgiven your sins. That is good news!
HYMN … (Hymnal #560)
Drawn to the cross, which Thou hast blessed With healing gifts for souls distressed, To find in Thee my life, my rest, Christ crucified, I come.
Thou knowest all my griefs and fears, Thy grace abused, my misspent years; Yet now to Thee with contrite tears, Christ crucified, I come.
Wash me and take away each stain; Let nothing of my sin remain. For cleansing, though it be through pain, Christ crucified, I come.
Reading from the New Testament… Romans 8:1-4
(No condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus)
Reading from the Life and Ministry of Jesus… John 7:53-8:1
(A woman caught in adultery)
HYMN … (Hymnal #571)
God loved the world so that He gave His only Son the lost to save, That all who would in Him believe Should everlasting life receive.
Christ Jesus is the ground of faith, Who was made flesh and suffered death; All then who trust in Him alone Are built on this chief cornerstone.
HYMN … (Hymnal #571)
God would not have the sinner die; His Son with saving grace is nigh; His Spirit in the Word declares How we in Christ are heaven’s heirs.
Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son Forgives all sins which you have done; And, justified by Jesus’ blood, Your Baptism grants the highest good.
P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.