The Trial of Faith

Speaker: Rev. Ron Gonzales
Scripture: Psalm 77:1-20
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Call to Worship
      Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
            sing to the LORD, all the earth!
      Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
            tell of his salvation from day to day.
      Declare his glory among the nations,
            his marvelous works among all the peoples!
      For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
            he is to be feared above all gods.
      For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
            but the LORD made the heavens.
      Splendor and majesty are before him;
            strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

      Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
            ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
      Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
            bring an offering, and come into his courts!
—Psalm 96.1-8

Prayer of Adoration

Song of Praise to God
Hymn No. 53 | Audio with Lyrics | Music

The Lord Jesus, God incarnate, took upon himself our sin and paid for the same. But it is ours to come to him in faith, and continue coming, confessing oThe psalmist goes on to say, “Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” (Ps 96.9) One must be holy to approach God; that explains why the line “tremble before him” immediately follows the command to worship in holiness. As the catechism reminded us last week, God must reconcile us to himself and deliver us from sin and its punishment by a Redeemer, which brings us to today’s Confession of Faith.

Confession of Faith
Who is the Redeemer?

The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.[1]
—The New City Catechism, No. 20

The Lord Jesus, God incarnate, took upon himself our sin and paid for the same. But it is ours to come to him in faith, and continue coming, confessing our sin and believing that our holiness before God is based upon Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death for us. Let us do that again now, first corporately and then privately.

Confession of Sin
O Lord, no day of our lives has passed that has not proved us guilty in your sight. Prayers have been uttered from prayerless hearts. Praise has often been praiseless sound. Our best services are filthy rages. All things in us call for our rejection, yet all things in Christ plead our acceptance. Grant us to hear your voice assuring us that by your stripes we are healed, that you were bruised for our iniquities, that you became sin for us that we might become righteous in you. Grant that by resting in your righteousness we may hereafter walk in newness of life and run hard after your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Silently Add Your Own Confession of Sin

Assurance of God’s Pardon
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
—2 Corinthians 5.21

Song of Praise to Christ
Hymn No. 295 | Audio | Music

Prayers for the Church and the World

  • Pray for the complete healing and good health of our friends and loved ones, including Eric Carpenter, Tom Manning, Clint Miller, and Vickie Myers.
  • Pray for our pastor, elders, and deacons, that they would have wisdom in knowing how to lead and serve the church during this time. Pray the same for the leaders in all the churches of our presbytery, and for the peace of each congregation.
  • Pray for the ministry of Tom and Melissa Manning in Turkey. While they too have to stay at home, pray that God would bless the conversations they are able to have with seekers over social media, and that God would move whole households to receive Christ.
  • Pray for Governors Inslee and Brown, that God would bless and guide them with all wisdom as they evaluate how to re-open our communities.

Scripture Reading
So Moses continued to speak these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not go over this Jordan.’ The LORD your God himself will go over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, so that you shall dispossess them, and Joshua will go over at your head, as the LORD has spoken. And the LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. And the LORD will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
            Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
—Deuteronomy 31.1-8

“The Trial of Faith“

Speaker: Rev. Ron Gonzales
Scripture: Psalm 77:1-20

Song of Response
Hymn No. 691 | Audio with Lyrics | Audio (Anthem Lights) | Music

The Doxology

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 life up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
—Numbers 6.24-26

[1] “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2.5).

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