Home Worship Guide

February 21, 2021

Welcome

Thank you so much for joining us! The following page will take you through the order of worship for this Sunday. To access the recorded songs and sermon, use the embedded audio players in each section.

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  • Plan for your time – read through the guide and prepare the room where you are gathering
  • Make your time joyful – have fun!!!
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  • Have your kids participate in age and maturity appropriate ways – reading, singing, etc.
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Time of Reflection

“I used to not take chances with God’s name
But it’s been so long since I last prayed
And now I’m all [messed] up and my heart’s changed
‘Cause I care more about what other people say.”
~Sam Fischer and Demi Lovato in their song “What Other People Say”

“Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.”
~Dallas Willard (1935-2013), philosophy professor and popular author

“Discipleship isn’t a program or an event; it’s a way of life. It’s not for a limited time, but for our whole life.”
~Bill Hull, author, pastor and professor

“Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends.”
~David Kinnaman, author and social researcher

“Discipling our children is not about teaching them to behave in a way that won’t embarrass us. We’re working toward something much more important than that. We’re actually raising our children with a view toward leading them to trust and to follow Christ.”
~Voddie Baucham, dean at African Christian University (Zambia)

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), pastor-theologian executed by the Nazis

“Faith…is an activity which takes people right out of themselves and into Christ.”
~Leon Morris (1914-2006), Australian scholar

“…the Church could best…speak to the heart of modern humanity, not by shrinking her message, but by displaying the beauty of her central Fact in all of its fullness.”
~David L. Schindler on Henri de Lubac’s The Mystery of the Supernatural

“…it is nothing less than God’s glory that John and his friends witnessed in the word-made-flesh.”
~D.A. Carson, biblical scholar, on the Gospel of John (1:14)

“I don’t know exactly what covetous is, but in my experience it is not so much desiring someone else’s virtue or happiness as rejecting it, taking offense at the beauty of it.”
~Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author

Opening Prayer

(select someone from your group to open your service in prayer)

Call to Worship

Psalm 93:1-5 (ESV)

LEADER: The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

PEOPLE: Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.


LEADER: The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
 
PEOPLE: Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty!

 
ALL: Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.

Songs & Liturgy

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions)
PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY
(Joachim Neander, 1665)
Praise to the Lord,
The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord,
Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings,
Yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Hallelu--jah, hallelu--jah (repeat)

Praise to the Lord,
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee!
Surely his goodness and mercy
Here daily attend thee,
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee!
Praise to the Lord!

O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath,
Come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again:
Gladly forever adore Him.
Hallelu--jah, hallelu--jah (repeat)
PUBLIC DOMAIN
PSALM MEDITATION Psalm 115:1-13 (ESV)

LEADER: Not to us, O Lord,

PEOPLE: Not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!


LEADER: Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

PEOPLE: Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

LEADER: Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.

PEOPLE: They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.


LEADER: Those who make them become like them;

PEOPLE: So do all who trust in them.

LEADER: O Israel, trust in the Lord!

PEOPLE: He is their help and their shield.


LEADER: O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!

PEOPLE: He is their help and their shield.

LEADER: You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!

PEOPLE: He is their help and their shield.

LEADER: The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron;

ALL: He will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great.

Sharing

(as a lead into the Prayer Time, as a group share how you are feeling and what you are learning; below are suggested questions)

Prayer Time

(You may have an open time of prayer or select someone to pray)

  • Pray for our church’s short and long-term meeting place needs, that God would give us favor in the eyes of those in authority and that He would give us provision that would go far beyond all that we could ask or imagine.
  • Pray for our world – that the good news of Jesus Christ would flourish and that many would come to know God genuinely and personally.
  • Pray for those experiencing injustices; specifically, that God would bring hope, reconciliation, and restoration through the good news of His Son, and that we would be agents of this reconciliation.
  • Pray for those in authority at every level in our country, that they would govern wisely and justly.

Listen to Sermon

“Come and See”
John 1:35-51
preached by Pastor Don Willeman
We hope to upload a recording of the sermon from the early service by 11:30 am.
Scripture Passages

John 1:35-51 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth….

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Song of Response

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions) 
JESUS, THANK YOU
(Pat Sczebel)
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend,
The agonies of Calvary.
You, the perfect Holy One, crushed Your son,
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

CHORUS:
Your blood has washed away my sin.
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied,
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table,
Jesus, thank You.

By your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near.
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend.
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace,
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end.
(CHORUS)

Lover of my soul,
I want to live for You.
(CHORUS)
©2003 Sovereign Grace Worship/ Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) CCLI#1791178

Confession of Faith

The Apostles’ Creed (circa 5th Century)

LEADER: Christian, what do you believe?

CONGREGATION: I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
 
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
    Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell*.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
    the holy catholic** church; the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
 
Amen.


*i.e. suffered under the judgment of God for His people
**i.e. “universal”

Sharing Time

(have everyone share one thing that struck them from the sermon)

Closing Meditation

Psalm 115:14-18 (ESV)
 
LEADER: May the Lord give you increase,
you and your children!
May you be blessed by the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

PEOPLE: The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
but the earth he has given to the children of man.

LEADER: The dead do not praise the Lord,
nor do any who go down into silence.

ALL: But we will bless the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!

Benediction

(The leader or individual should read this aloud relishing in the confident assertion that Christ has conquered.)

Luke 12:29-32

LEADER: Do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

PEOPLE: Amen!

Worshipping God through Giving

God has called us to be generous. He has entrusted this earth and all that is in it to us, but it is, ultimately, His! The Father gave what was most precious to Him, His own Son, in order to die for our sins. He has given to us abundantly beyond all that we could possibly ask or imagine! He is a benevolent and generous Giver! So, we give.

First, we want to remind you to continue your regular giving to CRC. This supports the ongoing work and ministry here in the Upper Valley and around the world through our missions support. Second, please consider giving to our Benevolence Fund, which supports local community care, both inside and outside the church. This is vitally important right now! As we see needs sprouting up around the community, we want to be positioned to extend a loving hand of support to those in need.

Giving Numbers
2020 Budgeted Giving EOY: $60,570
2020 Actual Giving to Date: $49,928
Difference: (-$10,642)
Missions Giving YTD: $9,241
updated as of 1/31/21