Liturgy for Home Worship

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 19, 2021

Words for Reflection 

When you’ve been eaten up by your own freedom, and realize the loss of guardrails only meant ending up in the ditch, you start to wonder whether freedom is all it’s cracked up to be—or whether freedom might be something other than the absence of constraint and the multiplication of options.

—James K. A. Smith

 

Believing that God loves us as we are, in fact, may be the most daunting hurdle of the Christian journey. Somehow we think that we need to clean ourselves up for God, to hide our uglier parts and reveal only our glittering image. That’s a false gospel.

—Chuck DeGroat

There is tremendous relief in knowing that his love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.

—J. I. Packer

I am a student at Rivertree Academy. God’s grace is at work in me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, a child of the living God, deeply loved, totally accepted, completely forgiven. I am called to care for all of His creation. Therefore, I will learn well, love well, work well, and lead well.

—Students at Rivertree Academy



The Call to Worship

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
          for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
          “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
      “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
     the LORD answered me and set me free.

—Psalm 118:1-5 ESV

Hymn of Praise | Almighty God

Almighty God to You all hearts are open
Search and know our thoughts and anxious fears
Wash us in the fountain of Your mercy
Come with Your light, we cannot hide from You

Almighty God to You all hearts are open
With gratitude we raise our song to You
Come and fill the praises of your people
In grace and truth, you make us new again

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Almighty God to You all hearts are open
We long for more than what this world provides
No shallow spring will ever satisfy us
Your river deep floods over everything

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

Opening Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be 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 forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Confession of Sin – Deuteronomy 5:6-21

Pastor:  ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ‘You shall have no other gods before me.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.’

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘You shall not murder.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘And you shall not commit adultery.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘And you shall not steal.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:  ‘And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ 

[Silence]

Pastor:       Lord, have mercy.
People:      Lord, have mercy.


Assurance of Forgiveness

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

— Romans 8:1-2 ESV


Hymn of Response | Grace Alone

I was an orphan, lost at the fall;
Running away when I’d hear you call,
But Father, you worked your will.
I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near your throne,
But Father, you loved me still.

And in love, before you laid the world’s foundation,
You predestined to adopt me as your own.
You have raised me up so high above my station;
I’m a child of God by grace, and grace alone

You left your home to seek out the lost;
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, your face was set.
I worked my fingers down to the bone;
But nothing I did could ever atone,
But Jesus, you paid my debt.

By your blood I have redemption and salvation.
Lord you died that I might reap what you have sown,
And you rose that I might be a new creation.
I am born again by grace, and grace alone.

I was in darkness all of my life,
I never knew the day from the night,
But Spirit, you made me see.
I swore I knew the way on my own;
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone
But Spirit, you moved in me.

And at your touch my sleeping spirit was awakened;
On my darkened heart the light of Christ has shone.
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken;
Heaven’s citizen by grace, and grace alone.

So I’ll stand in faith by grace, and grace alone
I will run the race by grace, and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace, and grace alone
I will reach the end by grace, and grace alone

Confession of Faith | The Heidelberg Catechism #1

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

The Ordination & Installation of Officers

Elder: Lee Tyner

Deacons: Cameron Pybus, Brendan Reagan, & Andrew Reed

Questions to the Officers

  • Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, to be the inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?
  • Do you sincerely receive and adopt the Confession of Faith and the Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures; and do you further promise that if at any time you find yourself out of accord with any of the fundamentals of this system of doctrine, you will, on your own initiative, make known to your Session the change which has taken place in your views since the assumption of this ordination vow?
  • Do you approve of the form of government and discipline of the Presbyterian Church in America, in conformity with the general principles of biblical polity?
  • Do you accept the office of ruling elder or deacon in this church, and promise faithfully to perform all the duties thereof, and to endeavor by the grace of God to adorn the profession of the Gospel in your life, and to set a worthy example before the Church of which God has made you an officer?
  • Do you promise subjection to your brethren in the Lord?
  • Do you promise to strive for the purity, peace, unity and edification of the Church?

Question to the Congregation

Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and receive these brothers as an elder and deacons and do you promise to yield them all that honor, encouragement and obedience in the Lord to which their office, according to the Word of God and the Constitution of this Church, entitles them?

The Laying on of Hands and Prayer

The Declaration

The Charge to the Officers

The Charge to the Congregation


The Offering

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The Reading of the Word – Deuteronomy 5:1-6, 28-33

5:1 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 Not with our fathers did the LORD make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today. 4 The LORD spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire, 5 while I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD. For you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up into the mountain. He said: 6 “‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

28 “And the LORD heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the LORD said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! 30 Go and say to them, Return to your tents. 31 But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you the whole commandment and the statutes and the rules that you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.’ 32 You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Preaching of the Word

“The God Who Commands Our Good”
Pastor Brian Davis


The Celebration of Holy Communion

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.
People:   And also with you.    
Pastor:   Lift up your hearts!
People:  We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Words of Institution

Pastor:    Let us proclaim the mystery of the faith:
People:  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hallelujah!
Pastor:   Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Hallelujah!
People:  Therefore, let us keep the feast.
Pastor:   The gifts of God for the people of God.



Hymns for Communion | Jesus, With Thy Church Abide

Jesus, with Thy church abide;
Be her Savior, Lord, and Guide,
While on earth her faith is tried:
We beseech Thee, hear us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Keep her life and doctrine pure;
Grant her patience to endure,
Trusting in Thy promise sure:
We beseech Thee, hear us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

May she one in doctrine be,
One in truth and charity,
Winning all to faith in Thee:
We beseech Thee, hear us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

May she guide the poor and blind,
Seek the lost until she find
And the brokenhearted bind:
We beseech Thee, hear us,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven

Once on a dreary mountain
We wandered far and wide,
Far from the cleansing fountain
Far from the pierced side
But Jesus sought and found us
And washed our guilt away
With cords of love He bound us
To be His own today

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus’ precious blood
Heirs of His home in heaven
Oh, praise our pardoning God

Dear Lord receive the glory
Of each recovered soul
Oh who can tell the story
Of love that made us whole?
Not ours, not ours, the merit
Be Yours alone the praise
And ours a thankful spirit
To serve You all our days (Chorus)

Life at Trinity


Departing Hymn | To Christ the Lord

To Christ the Lord let every tongue,
Its noblest tribute bring.
When He’s the subject of the song
Who can refuse to sing?
Survey the beauties of His face,
And on His glories dwell,
Think of the wonder of His grace
And all His triumphs tell.

Majestic sweetness sits enthroned,
Upon His awful brow.
His head with radiant glories crowned,
His lips with grace overflow;
No mortal man can with Him compare,
Among the sons of men,
Fairer He is than all the fair
That fill the Heavenly train.

He saw me plunged in deep distress,
He fled to my relief.
For me He bore the shameful cross,
And carried all my grief;
His hand a thousand blessings pours,
Upon my guilty head,
His presence gilds my darkest hours
And guards my sleeping bed.

Since from His bounty I receive
Such proofs of love divine,
Had I a thousand hearts to give
Lord, they would all be Thine;
A thousand men could not compose
A worthy song to bring,
Yet Your love is a melody
Our hearts can’t help but sing!


The Benediction

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 ESV


The Sending

Pastor: Let us go forth to serve Fort Worth and the world as those who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!

* CCLI #5043663 – all songs used by permission


Announcements

Reception and Building Update  
Join us after worship today to honor our new officers and deaconesses! During the reception we will have a building update.

Trinity Men’s Oktoberfest
Guys, join us for Trinity Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 14. All guys are invited to join us for a post-dinner hang in Fred Cauble’s backyard. We will have plenty of Bavarian brews and snacks to enjoy. $10 per person. Register now on the church center app. Hope to see you all there! 

We will also be relaunching our Men’s Lunch Roulette, so if you didn’t register last time, it is open again. Register in the app under “events”.

Young Adults’ Dinner Today
Calling all Trinity Young Adults, whether you’re post college, in grad school, career, singles, or young marrieds! On the first and third Sundays, we will meet for a meal at Central Market immediately after church. Today we will head to dinner after the reception/building update.

Friday Morning Prayer
Join us for morning prayer on Fridays from 7-730am. See app or Weds email for zoom link.

Community Groups
Community groups are integral to deepening relationships at Trinity. If you are not in a community group and would like to be, email Courtney at: admin@trinitypresfw.org and we will get you in a group.

Women’s Fall Bible Study
Our Old Testament journey from Genesis (of last fall’s study) into Exodus and beyond is underway. We are using Nancy Guthrie’s, The Lamb of God study. Fall Bible study meets Thursdays @ Connell, at 915-11am & Wednesdays @ Becky Burt’s home, from 7-830pm. Registration is open. Books are $18 and you can pay when you register. Free books available upon request. Questions? Contact Kara Simonson (karasimonson@gmail.com) or Becky Burt (legallady@aol.com) or Susan Tyner (susan@trinitypresfw.org).

Youth Fall Retreat
Registration is now open for Roctober VI, the annual Presbytery-wide youth fall retreat at Camp Copass (McKinney, TX). The dates are Oct 15-16 and cost is $85. Scholarships are available! Find more details in the app under “events”, or if you have questions, email John: john@trinitypresfw.org.