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Zoom Worship Service February 25, 2024 at 8:30am

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February 25, 2024­­­

Acton Community Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 177, 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510

Message: 661-208-8032 w who ww.actonpc.org

1888 – 2023 Celebrating Heritage and Sharing Hope

“There are, in the end, only two ways to read the Bible: is it basically about me or basically about Jesus?…[Is] it basically about what I must do, or basically about what he has done? Until I see that Jesus fought the real giants (sin, law, death) for me, I will never be able to fight giants in life. Unless I see that Jesus made the big sacrifices for me, I will never be able to make the normal sacrifices of life. Unless I can see him forgiving me on the cross, I won’t be able to forgive others. Unless I see him as forgiving me for falling asleep on him (Matt. 27:45), I won’t be able to stay awake for him.” —Tim Keller

WELCOME, ANNOUNCMENTS, GUESTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?

People: Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and who do not swear deceitfully.

Leader: They will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of their salvation.

People: Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Leader: Who is this King of Glory?

People: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory

OPENING HYMN - # 263 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;

Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, And wither and perish; but naught changeth Thee.

4 Thou reignest in glory, Thou rulest in light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see 'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Pastor: God of exodus and wilderness, God of refuge and help, hear us now as we make our confession to you.

All: In times of temptation, we forget what you have done for us. You give us everything we need for life and godliness, yet we often remain unsatisfied; you trust us to care for creation, yet we often abuse that trust and spoil what we have been given. You show us the way we are to follow, yet we often continue on the path of self-indulgence and self-centeredness. Forgive us, we pray.

Pastor: We ask for your direction, your patience, your love,

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, who, in spite of his temptations, was faithful to your saving word. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Job 9:1-21
Then Job answered: ‘Indeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength - who has resisted him, and succeeded?— he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger; who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea; who made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond understanding, and marvellous things without number. Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him. He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, “What are you doing?” ‘God will not turn back his anger;
the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him. How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him? Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. If I summoned him and he answered me, I do not believe that he would listen to my voice. For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause; he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness. If it is a contest of strength, he is the strong one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him? Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse. I am blameless; I do not know myself; I loathe my life. The Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING Romans 3:9-20

What then? Are we any better off?[c] No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: ‘There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one.’ ‘Their throats are opened graves;
they use their tongues to deceive.’ ‘The venom of vipers is under their lips.’ ‘Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’ Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For ‘no human being will be justified in his sight’ by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

The Gospel of the Lord, Praise to You Lord Christ

SERMON : Dr. Randy Working “The Fear of God

CALL FOR OFFERING–Congregation sings

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Heidelberg Catechism, questions 1 & 2

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

All: 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.

Leader: What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

All: Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.

HYMN - # 309 "Of The Father's Love Begotten" Blue hymnal

1 Of the Father’s love begotten, Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, Evermore and evermore!

2 O ye heights of heaven adore Him; Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him,
And extol our God and King; Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring, Evermore and evermore!

3 Christ, to Thee with God the Father, And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, And unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion, And eternal victory, Evermore and evermore!

HOLY COMMUNION

CLOSING HYMN - # 155 “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” Blue hymnal

1 Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, And triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

2 God's kingdom cannot fail, Christ rules o’er earth and heaven;
The keys of death and hell Are to our Jesus given:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

3 Rejoice in glorious hope! For Christ the Judge shall come
To glorify the saints For their eternal home:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

BENEDICTION – The Lord Be With You

Congregation sings

God be with you till we meet again, By his counsels guide, uphold you, With his sheep securely fold you God be with you till we meet again.

**Offerings

1. May be deposited in the Offering Box by the Narthex.

2. Processed through “E-Give” online at actonpc.org

3. Send a check to Acton Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 177 Acton, Ca. 93510

 

 

 

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