The Soul’s Changing Moods

Speaker: Rev. Ron Gonzales
Scripture: Psalm 27:1-14
Liturgy for Home Worship: Online Printable PDF

Call to Worship
      Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
            sing the glory of his name;
            give to him glorious praise!
      Say to God, “How awesome are you deeds!
            So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
      All the earth worships you
            and sings praises to you;
            they sing praises to your name.”
      Come and see what God has done:
            he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
                    —Psalm 66.1-5

Prayer of Adoration

Song of Praise to God
Hymn No. 76 | Audio | Music

The psalmist goes on to say, “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer” (vv. 16-19). The psalmist was heard because he cherished and trusted in God more than everything else, which brings us to our Confession of Faith.

Confession of Faith
What is idolatry?

Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
                    —The New City Catechism, No. 17; cf. Rom 1.21, 25

In writing to the Corinthians, Paul concludes his warning concerning idolatry by saying, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor 10.12). We take heed by acknowledging our struggle, confessing our sin, and asking for God’s help. Let us do that together.

Confession of Sin
Almighty God, to know you is the fulfillment of our deepest longings and the satisfaction of our most fervent desires. Yet foolishly we have sought our pleasures elsewhere. We have put the seeking of idols, which are bound to leave us empty, above seeking you. We have failed to love you with our whole heart, soul, and mind. We have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us our sins for the sake of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. And grant that we might from this time forth serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Silently Add Your Own Confession of Sin

Assurance of God’s Pardon
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
                    —Colossians 1.13-14

Song of Praise to Christ
Hymn No. 696 | Audio and Lyrics | Music

Prayers of Intercession and the Lord’s Prayer

  • Continue to pray for those with ongoing health concerns: Eric Carpenter, Tom Manning, Clint Miller, Vickie Myers, and others.
  • Pray that God would intervene and slow the spread of the virus, and for the recovery of those infected with the virus in our community. Pray also that God would protect our healthcare workers and the elderly and at-risk in our community.
  • Pray for the needs of your family and neighbors, and that God would give us opportunities to be a help to them and to share the good news of Christ with them.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of child-birth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
            Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
                    —Romans 8.18-30

“The Soul’s Changing Moods”

Speaker: Rev. Ron Gonzales
Scripture: Psalm 27:1-14

Song of Response
Audio and Lyrics

The Doxology     Audio

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 LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
                    —Numbers 6.24-26

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