Home Worship Guide

March 14, 2021


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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!!!
  • Remember, it’s primarily about a relationship, not a task to scratch off
  • Have your kids participate in age and maturity appropriate ways – reading, singing, etc.
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Time of Reflection

“Shame wants us to believe it is accurate in its evaluation of us—that we are too wretched to be made new. Too dirty to be made clean. Too prone to sin for forgiveness to matter.”
~Jackie Hill-Perry, American poet, writer, and hip-hop artist

“He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as a Savior, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.”
~ J.I. Packer (1926-2020), Theologian and Writer

“If you feel a dark, twisted, heart-wrenching, hate-to-see-your-own-reflection
Praying for an intervention, feeling guilt and feeling shame
I just call on Jesus name
Praying daily, can you take away this pain?
Take the thorn away
Still, it remains, I feel the same,
I know that I’m here, but still feel insane
Satan would love to see my give up and throw up my hands
He say I’m guilty but You say I’m clean.”
~“Cry for You” by Lecrae Moore, Grammy-winning American hip-hop artist

“Heaven excludes nothing more directly than sin… For there enters nothing that defiles, nor that works abomination, nor that makes a lie. When they are there, the saints are saints indeed. He that will wash them with His heart-blood, rather than suffer them to enter unclean, will now perfectly see to that; He who has undertaken to present them to His Father, ‘not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but perfectly holy, and without blemish,’ will now most certainly perform His undertaking.”
~Richard Baxter (1615-1691), church leader, poet and, theologian

“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them: ‘Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.’”
~Augustine of Hippo (354-430), church father and theologian

Opening Prayer

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

Call to Worship

Psalm 5:1-3 (ESV)

LEADER: Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.

PEOPLE: Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.

LEADER: O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

PEOPLE: In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

Songs & Liturgy

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions)
(St. Francis, 1225, & William H. Draper 1928, Jonathan Baird, Ryan Baird)
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, three in one,
O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

All the redeemed washed by His blood,
Come and rejoice in His great love,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Christ has defeated every sin.
Cast all your burdens now on Him,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

He shall return in pow’r to reign.
Heaven and earth will join to say,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Then who shall fall on bended knee?
All creatures of our God and King,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
©2013 Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) CCLI License #1791178

LEADER: For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.

PEOPLE: The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.

LEADER: You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

PEOPLE: But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.

LEADER: I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.

PEOPLE: Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

LEADER: For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;

PEOPLE: Their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.

LEADER: Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;

PEOPLE: Because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.


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

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

“Blessing for the Defiled”
Haggai 2:10-19, Zechariah 3:1-4
preached by Scott Sottosanti
We hope to have a recording of the sermon available by 11:30 am. 
Scripture Passage

Haggai 2
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, 11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: 12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’” The priests answered and said, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” 14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the Lord, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean. 15 Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the Lord, 16 how did you fare? When one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail, yet you did not turn to me, declares the Lord. 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.”

Zechariah 3
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. 4 And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”

Song of Response

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions) 
(Matt Papa, Matt Boswell)
What love could remember no wrongs we have done?
Omniscient, all knowing, he counts not their sum.
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore.
Our sins, they are many, his mercy is more.

What patience would wait as we constantly roam?
What father, so tender, is calling us home?
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor.
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more.

Praise the Lord,
His mercy is more.
Stronger than darkness, new every morn.
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more.

What riches of kindness he lavished on us.
His blood was the payment, his life was the cost.
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford.
Our sins, they are many, his mercy is more.
©2016 Messenger Hymns (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) CCLI #1791178

Confession of Faith

adapted from the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) Question 60

LEADER: How are you righteous before God?

CONGREGATION: Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ;

So that, though my conscience accuse me,
that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, 
and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all kinds of evil; 
Notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, 
grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness 
and holiness of Christ; 
Even so, God views me as if I never had committed any sin: 
indeed, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience 
which Christ has accomplished for me; 
Inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a trusting heart.

LEADER: Indeed! This is the good news that frees you to truly love God and serve others.

Sharing Time

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

Closing Meditation

Psalm 5:11-12 (ESV)

LEADER: But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,

PEOPLE: And spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.

LEADER: For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

PEOPLE: You cover him with favor as with a shield.


(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.


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
Budgeted Giving: $121,140
Actual Giving to Date: $97,408
Difference: (-$23,732)
Missions Giving YTD: $18,466
updated as of 2/28/21