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House Worship Resource Guide - March 22, 2020

North Cincy Friends & Family,

I hope this guide will serve as a helpful resource as we seek to continue to meet together (Heb. 10:23-25) by gathering as families or groups of friends. The following are some suggested guidelines for how to utilize this worship guide:

• Someone in your group (your choice) will function as the liturgist to keep things going. The liturgy is really as simple as reading along (though do look it over ahead of time if possible and lead with energy and passion).

• Similar to our experience of gathering on Sunday mornings, you will find suggested songs for us to sing each week. The Lyrics for these songs are included in the flow of the worship guide, as well a link for you to play a recording of the son. For those who have the ability to lead singing using a keyboard, piano, or guitar, we have also included a link to a lead sheet with chords and lyrics.

• When you get to “the message” portion, please play the sermon on a TV / large screen.

• After the sermon we’ll have a short time for conversational prayers of Thanksgiving (things you want to give praise for that God has done) and Supplication (things you are asking God to supply or provide). When the leader determines it is time to conclude this time that person can close the time by simply saying “Amen.” Here are a few guidelines for this time.

• feel the freedom to pray with brevity in a sentence or two rather than in longer paragraphs

• feel the freedom to pray simply, as God is not impressed with big words, and understand even the internal cries of our hearts.

• feel the freedom to pray multiple times (in the same way you aren’t limited to speaking once in a conversation

• feel the freedom to pray in response to what you’ve heard from the Scriptures or what others are praying around you.

• Included below you will also find a Discussion Guide included for personal reflection or group discussion. Please feel to use this as you see fit, whether that is as part of your house worship time or not.

 (Children’s / Family Resources)

 

 

Prelude:  

Come, People of the Risen King - Chord ChartVideo Audio

Come people of the Risen King, 

who delight to bring Him praise; 

come all and tune your hearts to sing  

to the Morning Star of grace. 

From the shifting shadows of the earth 

we will lift our eyes to Him; 

where steady arms of mercy reach 

to gather children in. 

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! 

Let every tongue rejoice! 

One heart, one voice. 

O Church of Christ, rejoice! 

 

Come those whose joy is morning sun, 

and those weeping through the night; 

come those who tell of battles won, 

and those struggling in the fight. 

For His perfect love will never change 

and His mercies never cease; 

but follow us through all our days  

with the certain hope of peace. 

 

Refrain 

 

Come young and old from every land, 

men and women of the faith; 

come those with full or empty hands 

find the riches of His grace. 

Over all the world His people sing, 

shore to shore we hear them call; 

the truth that cries through every age 

our God is all in all. 

 

Refrain 

 

Call to Worship (Psalm 34:1–3)

Leader: I will bless the LORD at all times.

All: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Leader: My soul makes its boast in the LORD.

All: Let the humble hear and be glad.

Leader: Oh, magnify the LORD with me,

All: And let us exalt his name together!

 

Confession of Faith: Heidelberg Catechism Q. 1

LEADER: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

ALL: That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sin with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him. (BOLD)

 

How Firm a Foundation - Chord Chart | Video & Audio

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 

is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! 

What more can He say than to you He hath said,  

to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled? 

 

Fear not, I am with thee O be not dismayed; 

for I am thy God, I will still give thee aid; 

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, 

 upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand. 

 

When through the deep waters I call thee to go, 

 the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; 

for I will be with thee, thy trials to bless,  

and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 

 

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, 

 my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; 

the flames shall not hurt thee; I only design 

thy filth to dispose and thy gold to refine. 

Come Light Our Hearts - Chord Chart | Video Audio 

For You O Lord our souls in stillness wait 

For You O Lord our souls in stillness wait 

Truly our hope is in You 

Truly our hope is in You 

 

O Lord of life our only hope 

Your radiance shines on all who look to You 

In the dark, Emmanuel come 

Come light our hearts 

 

Refrain 

 

Our joy above all other loves 

In You we find more than enough 

We come as we are O heal and restore 

Come light our hearts 

 

Refrain 

 

 

Confession – (read together with those gathered with you)

Heavenly Father, As we come to you today to confess our weakness and rebellion against you, we thank you that you have chosen to love desperate sinners like ourselves. Your love and determination to rescue us from our sin gives us the courage to admit the profound depravity of our desires, thoughts, and actions. We are people who want our kingdoms to come and our will to be done. Holy Spirit, teach us to delight in our salvation. Humble us and teach us to submit to your will in all things at all times. Amen. 

From “Knowing God’s Will” in Prone to Wander by Dugid & Houk

 

Assurance of Pardon (2 Corinthians 5:21) – (have the leader read)

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

 Zephaniah 3:17

 

Jesus Paid It All - Chord Chart | Video Audio 

And I hear the Savior say 

Thy strength indeed is small 

Child of weakness watch and pray 

Find in Me thine all in all 

 

'Cause Jesus paid it all 

All to Him I owe 

Sin had left a crimson stain 

He washed it white as snow 

 

Lord now indeed I find 

Thy pow'r and Thine alone 

Can change the leper's spots 

And melt the heart of stone 

 

Refrain 

 

And when before the throne 

I stand in Him complete 

Jesus died my soul to save 

My lips shall still repeat 

 

Refrain 

 

Oh praise the One Who paid my debt 

And raised this life up from the dead 

Oh praise the One Who paid my debt 

And raised this life up from the dead 

 

Refrain 

The Church's One Foundation - Chord Chart | Video Audio 

The Church's one foundation 

is Jesus Christ, her Lord; 

she is His new creation 

by water and the Word; 

From heaven He came and sought her 

to be His holy bride; 

with His own blood He bought her, 

and for her life He died. 

 

Elect from every nation, 

 yet one o'er all the earth, 

her charter of salvation  

one Lord, one faith, one birth; 

one holy name she blesses, 

partakes one holy food, 

and to one hope she presses, 

with every grace endued. 

 

Though with a scornful wonder 

men see her sore oppressed, 

by schisms rent asunder, 

by heresies distressed, 

yet saints their watch are keeping, 

their cry goes up, “How long?” 

And soon the night of weeping 

shall be the morn of song. 

 

The church shall never perish! 

Her dear Lord to defend, 

to guide, sustain, and cherish, 

is with her to the end; 

though there be those that hate her, 

and false sons in her pale. 

against or foe or traitor 

she ever shall prevail. 

Message – Lead Pastor, Michael Craddock  

Title: The Authority of the Church: It’s Source, Nature, and Purpose

Text: Matthew 16:13-23 

Link:https://vimeo.com/399521236 

 

Prayers of Supplication & Thanksgiving:  

Please use this time to pray conversationally with those gathered with you.  

 
On Christ the Solid Rock - Chord Chart  | Video Audio 

My hope is built on nothing less  

than Jesus' blood and righteousness; 

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 

but wholly lean on Jesus' name. 

 

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 

all other ground is sinking sand, 

all other ground is sinking sand. 

 

When darkness seems to hide his face, 

I rest on his unchanging grace; 

in every high and stormy gale, 

my anchor holds within the veil. 

 

Refrain 

 

His oath, his covenant, his blood 

support me in the whelming flood; 

when all around my soul gives way, 

he then is all my hope and stay. 

 

Refrain 

 

When he shall come with trumpet sound, 

Oh may I then in him be found; 

dressed in his righteousness alone, 

faultless to stand before the throne. 

 

Refrain  

 

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.  

 

DISCUSSION GUIDE:

  1. In every sphere of life (at home, at work, and in our country) it is critical to understand “who is in charge” and “how did those leaders get put in charge”. This is equally true in the church. Why is it so important to understand God’s authority structure in the church? What do we lose when we fail to embrace or understand Jesus’ teaching on the authority of the church?
  1. Church’s leaders ultimately derive their authority from Jesus and are responsible to only exercise that authority within the realm and according to the limits of Jesus’ direction. Why is this so important? What happens when church leaders move beyond the realm of spiritual authority, to other spheres such as to political or civil matters.
  1. Like parents, church leaders have real authority given to them by Christ, but they are also fallible and fallen as well. Why are the implications of this truth for church leaders? What are the implications of this truth for church members?
  1. Some of us have been deeply hurt and/or disappointed by church leaders who failed to lead and live like Jesus. How does the truth that Jesus is the builder and ultimate authority of the church help you to navigate pain of these past experiences?
  1. In a culture of self-determination, what are the personal benefits of having leaders in a local church who help to determine your “spiritual diagnosis” and assisting us in growing in our spiritual health? What are some personal benefits you or others have experienced?
  1. The purpose of the church’s authority is ultimately to further the advance of God’s kingdom. Describe the differences between operating out of a mindset and lifestyle of “self-preservation” as Christians versus a mind-set and life-style that seeks to advance God’s kingdom.