July 4 & 5, 2020

Studies in 1 John

1 John 1:1–4


Welcome

This weekly "digital liturgy" is designed to guide you through a complete service of worship. The more you participate in the various elements, the greater will be its impact. Communion is part of our service so have those items ready. The kids material can be accessed here:
This week's Vine School

Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. The lyrics for the songs that Janice  has chosen are included. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen or read the lyrics. There is closed captioning available with each video thanks to Annissa Stout.


    INTRODUCTION

    By pastor Chris De Haan

    gathering

    AS THE HOLY, TRIUNE GOD INVITES US, WE RESPOND. IN HIS LIGHT WE BEGIN TO REFOCUS OUR EYES BEYOND THE FOG OF OUR WORLD, AND IN HIS PRESENCE WE BEGIN TO SINGLE OUT THAT “STILL, SMALL VOICE” FROM AMONG ALL THE COMPETING VOICES OF OUR WORLD.



      call to worship

      Have someone read the Call to Worship or read it aloud together:


      God of grace, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven, even as we gather before Your face, 

      may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

      By the power of Your Spirit,

      help us to lift up our hearts in praise,

      to receive Your lavish gifts stored up for us in Christ,

      and to live as Your faithful children and witnesses,

      through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

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      here i am to worship

      Verse 1

      Light of the world

      You stepped down into darkness

      Opened my eyes let me see

      Beauty that made

      This heart adore You

      Hope of a life spent with You

       

      Chorus

      Here I am to worship

      Here I am to bow down

      Here I am to say that You're my God

      You're altogether lovely

      Altogether worthy

      Altogether wonderful to me

       

      Verse 2

      King of all days

      Oh so highly exalted

      Glorious in heaven above

      Humbly You came

      To the earth You created

      All for love's sake became poor


      Chorus

      Here I am to worship

      Here I am to bow down

      Here I am to say that You're my God

      You're altogether lovely

      Altogether worthy

      Altogether wonderful to me

      (Repeat)


      Bridge

      I'll never know how much it cost

      To see my sin upon that cross

      (x3)


      Chorus

      Here I am to worship

      Here I am to bow down

      Here I am to say that You're my God

      You're altogether lovely

      Altogether worthy

      Altogether wonderful to me

      (Repeat)

      Confession

      Have someone say this prayer:


      Almighty God, to You all hearts are open, all desires known, and from You no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


      Take a few moments for silence and confession and then offer up verbal prayers of gratitude specifically naming things you are thankful for this week.

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      Jesus Your Love

      Verse 1

      There is a Love that calls me by the name

      Sure as the sun, the moon the stars remain

      Your love for me will never change

      Jesus, Your love

      Jesus, Your love

       

      Verse 2

      There is a Love that takes me by the hand

      Guiding my heart to find it's home again

      And where You are is home to me

      Jesus, Your love

      Jesus, Your love

       

      Chorus

      So let my heart tell You again

      When seasons change and stories end

      Your steady love

      It will sustain me through it all

      Jesus, Your love

       

      Verse 3

      There is a peace that stays though storms may come

      I hear Your voice within the winds that blow

      I hear Your song, it calls to me

      Jesus, Your love

      Jesus, Your love

       

      Chorus

      So let my heart tell You again

      When seasons change and stories end

      Your steady love

      It will sustain me through it all

      Jesus, Your love

       


      Verse 4

      There is a strength that rises up in me

      To know that You've been here before me

      A strength beyond what I can see

      Jesus, Your love

      Jesus, Your love

       

      Chorus

      So let my heart tell You again

      When seasons change and stories end

      Your steady love

      It will sustain me through it all

      Jesus, Your love


      (Repeat)

      —Interlude—

      Chorus

      So let my heart tell You again

      When seasons change and stories end

      Your steady love

      It will sustain me through it all

      Jesus, Your love

      Verse 4

      There is a strength that rises up in me

      To know that You've been here before me

      A strength beyond what I can see

      Jesus, Your love

      Jesus, Your love

      (x3)

      Chorus

      So let my heart tell You again

      When seasons change and stories end

      Your steady love

      It will sustain me through it all

      Jesus, Your love

      (Repeat)


      word

      AS WE BEGIN TO HEAR HIS VOICE, WE CHOOSE, AND RE-CHOOSE AGAIN, TO SUBMIT OURSELVES TO THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS — THE WORD OF GOD — WHO TEACHES US WHO WE ARE IN LIGHT OF WHO HE IS. WE TRY TO LISTEN WITH OPEN HEARTS AND MINDS TO HIS VOICE AS EXPRESSED IN SCRIPTURE, SONG, TEACHING, AND THE MOVE OF THE SPIRIT.



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          scripture reading

          1 John 1:1–4

          by Katie Wison

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              Sermon

              "Introduction to 1 John"

              By pastor Chris De Haan

              discussion questions

              1. What changes when you look at eternal life less as a commodity to obtain and rather begin to see Jesus Himself as "the Eternal Life"?
              2. How does the truth John presents here—that our fellowship with one another is bound up in our common fellowship with Christ—change our relationships and interactions in the body of Christ?

              table

              AT THE CLIMAX OF OUR SERVICE, WE ENACT HIS WORD IN THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION. AS WE SHARE IN THE BREAD AND CUP, WE REMEMBER THE UNEARNED GIFTS OF HIS BODY AND BLOOD POURED OUT FOR ALL, AND WE SING OUR THANKS BACK TO OUR HUMBLE AND HOLY KING.


                communion

                For those doing communion on your own, gather your communion elements and then have someone read and pray the following:


                The centrality of the Word of Life — Jesus — and our union with Him and with one another is all pictured in the communion table.


                We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ, before He suffered, gave us this table as a reminder of His sacrifice until He comes again. It is a feast that demonstrated His great love for us while we were yet sinners. It is a feast that brings us into fellowship with our God and with one another.


                Gracious Father, with joy we praise You

                for You have created heaven and earth,

                made us in Your image, and kept covenant with us—

                even when we fell into sin.

                We give You thanks for Jesus

                whose coming opened to us the way of salvation

                and whose triumphant return we eagerly await.


                At His last supper, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, He took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of me.” For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


                —1 Corinthians 11:23–26


                And so we have the bread — picturing Jesus, the Bread of Life. Take, eat, remember, and believe that the body of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.


                —Eat the bread—


                And we have the cup — picturing the blood of Jesus poured out for us. Take, drink, remember, and believe that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.


                —Drink the cup—


                Now, to Jesus Christ, who loves us

                and freed us from our sins by His blood

                and made us to be a kingdom,

                priests serving His God and Father,

                to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.

                Amen.

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                the same love

                Verse 1

                You choose the humble and raise them high

                You choose the weak and make them strong

                You heal our brokenness inside

                And give us life

                 

                Chorus

                The same Love that set the captives free

                The same Love that opened eyes to see

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name

                The same God that spread the heavens wide

                The same God that was crucified

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name

                 

                Verse 2

                You take the faithless one aside

                And speak the words, “You are Mine.”

                You call the cynic and the proud

                “Come to Me now”

                 

                Chorus

                The same Love that set the captives free

                The same Love that opened eyes to see

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name

                The same God that spread the heavens wide

                The same God that was crucified

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name


                Interlude

                Oh oh, oh oh . . .

                 

                Bridge

                You're calling, You're calling

                You're calling us to the cross

                You're calling, You're calling

                You're calling us to the cross

                (Repeat)

                 

                Chorus

                The same Love that set the captives free

                The same Love that opened eyes to see

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name

                The same God that spread the heavens wide

                The same God that was crucified

                Is calling us all by name

                You are calling us all by name


                Bridge

                You're calling, You're calling

                You're calling us to the cross

                SENDING

                HAVING BEEN TAUGHT AND FED AT THE TABLE OF OUR TRIUNE GOD, WE ARE SENT BACK INTO OUR LIVES TO SHARE IN HIS WORK OF RESTORATION. WE DO NOT LEAVE THE SERVICE BUT ARE INSTEAD SENT OUT — COMMISSIONED TO CARRY HIS KINGDOM INTO ALL THE PLACES WE GO.

                  prayer of thanksgiving

                  Have someone read this prayer:


                  Eternal God, heavenly Father,

                  You have graciously accepted us as living members

                  of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ,

                  and You have fed us with spiritual food.

                       

                  Send us now into the world in peace,

                  and grant us strength and courage

                  to love and serve You

                  with gladness and singleness of heart.

                  Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.


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                  to you be the glory

                  Verse 1

                  Who could hold the wealth of God?

                  Such treasure found in Him

                  Who could comprehend His heart and mind?

                  His wisdom has no end

                   

                  Pre-Chorus

                  For from Him, through Him, to Him are all things

                  From Him, through Him, to Him are all things

                   

                  Chorus

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen

                   

                  Verse 2

                  Who has known the mind of God?

                  Who has counseled Him?

                  Who has given gifts to God

                  That he might be repaid?

                   

                  Pre-Chorus

                  For from Him, through Him, to Him are all things

                  From Him, through Him, to Him are all things

                   

                  Chorus

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen


                  Bridge

                  In dark and light

                  In death and life

                  When hard times enter in

                  In all things we will worship You

                  With You there is no end

                  There is no end


                  Chorus

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen

                  To You be the glory forever

                  To You be the glory, Lord, amen

                  (Repeat)


                  Tag

                  From Him, through Him, to Him are all things


                  benediction

                  Have someone read aloud the Benediction:


                  Grant us, O God, in this coming week, 

                  a mind to meditate on You; 

                  eyes to behold You, 

                  ears to listen for Your word; 

                  a heart to love You; 

                  and a life to proclaim You; 

                  through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

                  Amen.


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