What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 ESV).
* All those who are able, please stand.
Entering into Worship
* Call to Worship: Psalm 103:1-5
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the Lord! (Psa 25:1)
* Invocation: Psalm 124:8
* God’s Greeting:
Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ in the power and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
* Opening Prayer
* Psalm of Praise O Come, My Soul, Bless Thou the LORD (Psa 103) #204:1-3, 5
Confession of Sin
Reading of the Law: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Confession of Sin: Psalm 40:11-17
Minister: As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
People: For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see;
M: they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
P: O Lord, make haste to help me!
M: But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
ALL: As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Assurance of Pardon: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 70
Q. What is it to be washed with the blood and Spirit of Christ?
A. It is to have the forgiveness of sins from God through grace, for the sake of Christ’s blood, which He shed for us in His sacrifice on the cross; and also to be renewed by the Holy Spirit and sanctified to be members of Christ, so that we may more and more die unto sin and lead holy and blameless lives.
Response of Gratitude
Psalm of Thanksgiving: O Lord, Regard Me When I Cry (Psa 27) #49:1-2
Creedal Response: Excerpted from Belgic Confession Article 21
We believe that Jesus Christ was confirmed by an oath to be a High Priest for ever. He presented Himself in our place before His Father, appeasing God’s wrath by His full satisfaction, offering Himself on the tree of the cross, where He poured out His precious blood to purge away our sins,as the prophets had foretold. Like a lamb He was led to the slaughter. He was numbered with the transgressors and condemned as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, though he had first declared Him innocent. He restored what He had not stolen. He died as the righteous for the unrighteous. He suffered in body and soul, feeling the horrible punishment caused by our sins. Finally, He exclaimed, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” All this He endured for the forgiveness of our sins.
Offerings: Psalm 116:12-14
Service of the Word
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 63:15-16; Matthew 7:9-11 & Luke 11:11-13 (texts)
* Gloria Patri: 2nd century hymn
Glory be to the Father, and to Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen! Amen!
* Song of Preparation: O Lord, Regard Me When I Cry (Psa 27) #49:3-6
Sermon: “Our Father Who is in Heaven”
1. Our Heavenly Father Better than Earthly Fathers
2. The Majesty of God is Heavenly not Earthly
Leaving to Serve
* Song of Consecration: Let God Arise and by His Might (Psa 68) #122:1-4
* Doxology: Come, Thou Almighty King #317:4
To the great One in Three
Eternal praises be
His sovereign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore!
* Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
* Amen! Three-Fold Amen