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SERIES: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN – 20

A Simple Outline of Worship for May 24, 2020

INVOCATION AND OPENING WORDS

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The Last Dance is an 8-part series on ESPN telling the story about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls basketball team. Basketball is just part of the story. Behind the scenes and sometimes out in the public for everyone to see was a lot of conflict between players and coaches and management. They wore the same jersey and worked for the same organization, but that didn’t mean that they acted like they were on the same team. Instead of unity, there was division. Sadly, there is division over Jesus and his Word in the world and even in the church. In our fallen, sinful reasoning and hearts, we sometimes find ourselves at odds over Jesus and over his Word. This creates distance between us and our Lord and between one another. Let’s draw near the Lord in prayer.

Jesus, Redeemer, you came to bridge the huge divide between heaven and earth that our sins had created. Sin tore apart the close relationship that you had created us to have with you and one another. Even though we are supposed to be on your team, we haven’t always acted like it. We confess that we have done what you forbid and have not done what you command. We have offended others rather than loving them as we should. Rather than kicking us off your team forever, you paid for our sins on the cross. Forgive us every sin. Draw us closer to you. And where conflict has divided us from one another because of sin, work forgiveness and reconciliation. Lead us to show our love for you by following your commands. Amen.

Because of Jesus’ work as your Savior, your sins have been paid for. You have been redeemed. 

HYMN … (Hymnal #531)

Hail, Thou once despised Jesus! Hail, Thou Galilean King! Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring. Hail, Thou universal Savior, Bearer of our sin and shame! By Thy merit we find favor: Life is given through Thy name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, All our sins on Thee were laid; By almighty love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made. All Thy people are forgiven Through the virtue of Thy blood; Opened is the gate of heaven, Reconciled are we with God.

Jesus, hail! Enthroned in glory, There forever to abide; All the heav’nly hosts adore Thee, Seated at Thy Father’s side. There for sinners Thou are pleading; There Thou dost our place prepare, Ever for us interceding Till in glory we appear.

Reading from the New Testament… Ephesians 2:11-22

(One in Christ)

Reading from the Life and Ministry of Jesus … John 7:40-52

(People are divided over Jesus…)

HYMN … (Hymnal #644)

 The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord; She is His new creation By water and thee Word. From heav’n He came and sought her To be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

Elect from ev’ry nation, Yet one o’er all the earth; Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth. One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, And to one hope she presses With ev’ry grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder The world sees her oppressed, By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed, Yet saints their watch are keeping; Their cry goes up, “How long?” And soon the night of weeping Shall be the morn of song.

Sermon: “Divided”

HYMN … (Hymnal #644)

Through toil and tribulation And tumult of her war She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest, And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth has union With God, the Three in One, And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won. O blessed heav’nly chorus! Lord, save us by Your grace That we, like saints before us, May see You face to face.

PRAYERS

LORD'S PRAYER

Matthew 6:9-13

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.