Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church
The Lord’s Day, January 21, 2018 10:20 a.m.
We Prepare to Worship God
The Gathering Praise “Psalm 117:1-2”
Text: Psalm 117, Sing Psalms © Psalmody Committee, Free Church of Scotland; Tune: Regent Square, 188.8.131.52.8.7.
Praise the Lord, O all you nations,
All you peoples sing His praise.
All His love is great towards us,
His commitment lasts always.
He is faithful, now and ever.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
Welcome and Announcements
The Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, who has made all mankind in Your image; cause those whom You have redeemed from their fallen estate to worship You for Your wonderful works and to fear You in Your judgments, and make us so to live out our days upholding justice, righteousness, and truth; to the honor and glory of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We Worship God
The Votum and Salutation Psalm 124:8; I Corinthians 1:3
+ The Call to Worship Psalm 9:1,2
+ The Gloria Patri (Greatorex)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.
+ The Prayer of Praise and Adoration
+ The Hymn of Praise 48 “O Lord Most High, with All My Heart”
+ The Prayer of Praise and Invocation
+ The Scriptural Confession of Faith Philippians 2:5-11
We believe that we must have the same attitude in ourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” — The Carmen Christi
The Law of God Matthew 5:27-32
The Corporate Confession of Sin
Forgive Your people whom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people. Deliver us from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of our salvation; then our tongues will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. Amen.
— Deuteronomy 21:8; Psalm 51:14
The Assurance of Pardon Romans 8:1
+ The Hymn of Thanksgiving 520 “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”
The Litany for Sanctity of Human Life
[The congregation reads the bold type.]
Lord God, who formed man and woman
and breathed the breath of life into their nostrils,
You breathed life into all living things but you prize above all earth the creatures whom you love as your children.
People bear your image and likeness; they are the crown of your creation.
Today we thank you for the beauty of persons who can think and feel, who can love and respond:
the neighbors on our block, our countrymen, those in other lands and places with other cultures and languages.
Wondrously complex! Marvelously beautiful!
All of them your creatures, your special creative work, your likeness and image!
Sometimes, Father, our lives together seem twisted in their course, uncaring of others, and unsacred to everyone.
We go to war against each other, taking life to save it.
We kill and maim each other
on our city streets and country roads.
We abort the beginnings of human life
to suit our choices and conveniences.
We too easily set aside the ugly and unlovable in our minds and in our institutions
because they don't seem to fit in.
Yet you still love us and regard us as sacred even after we became unthankful and rebellious, a hardhearted and sinful people.
All your children you deeply wanted back in your home, back
in your protection and care, so much that your Son Jesus gave his life to redeem our lives.
We watch our Savior’s care and concern for people.
We hear his voice and realize again how precious human life is.
We want to have Christ’s mind in us
and regard every person as someone whose life is precious to You.
Whether rich or poor,
well-formed or painfully handicapped,
marvelously brilliant or deeply impaired,
socially elite or people of the street,
children unborn or the feeble with age;
each is one whom God made and especially prizes.
Impress on us, Lord, the beauty of these
as your special creation as their Maker’s delight.
Help us in your name
to care for those for whom life itself is a burden,
to provide food for the hungry on our block and in other lands,
to give medical aid to those whose bodies are broken and
to protect the development of the unborn,
to head off the possibilities of unjust war,
to regard each person from your point of view, and
to live your law of love and show your compassion.
You have intended human life to be lived to the full:
a great gift from a good God!
Fix our eyes on Jesus, in whom this good life if possible, who now lives among us as the bread of life and calls to us, saying,
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me shall have eternal life, and I shall write their names in the book of life.”
We look forward to that great day when our lives in your new world will be fully renewed.
Then Christ, our Life, shall appear, and we will appear with Him in glory!
Keep us until that day, O God.
Keep us in your care.
Help us to prize and protect in your name the lives of those precious to you,
so they too can experience Jesus’ life-giving promise,
“I have come that you may have life,
and have it to the fullest.” Amen.
(By Duane E. VanderBrug; edited 01/14/02. Provided by Bethany Christian Services.)
+ The Hymn of Dedication 36 “Lord, Thou Has Searched Me”
We Hear God’s Word Proclaimed
The Scripture Lesson Genesis 9:1-7
(pew Bible pg. 6, Old Testament)
The Prayer for Illumination
The Sermon “God Highly Values Life”
The Prayer of Dedication
We Respond to God’s Word
+ The Hymn of Response 37 “All That I Am I Owe to Thee”
The Prayers of Petition and Intercession
The Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
The Offertory Hymn 56 “When All Your Mercies, O My God”
The Offertory Prayer
+ The Doxology (Old Hundredth, L.M.)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
+ The Benediction
+ The Response “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”
Psalm 72:18; Scottish Psalter 1650. Tune: Dundee, C.M.
Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,
for He alone does wondrous works, in glory that excel.
And blessed be His glorious name to all eternity;
The whole earth let His glory fill. Amen, so let it be.
(+ If you are able, please stand)
BAPC uses the New American Standard Bible, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation, www.lockman.org.
All printed hymns and songs are used by permission of CCLI License No. 1936971.