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Zoom Worship Service January 29, 2023 at 8:30 AM

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January 29, 2023

Acton Community Presbyterian Church

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

Message: 661-208-8032 w www.actonpc.org

1888 – 2023 Celebrating Heritage and Sharing Hope

“Have you heard God’s blessing in your inmost being? Are the words, ‘You are my beloved child, in whom I delight’ an endless source of joy and strength? Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking to you? That blessing—the blessing through the Spirit that is ours through Christ—is what Jacob received and it is the only remedy against idolatry. Only that blessing makes idols unnecessary. As with Jacob, we usually discover this only after a life of ‘looking for blessings in all the wrong places.’ It often takes an experience of crippling weakness for us to finally discover it. That is why so many of the most God-blessed people limp as they dance for joy.” —Tim Keller

WELCOME, ANNOUNCMENTS, GUESTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
People: Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Leader: Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
People: To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

OPENING HYMN #383 - My Faith Looks Up to Thee

1 My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine:
Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day Be wholly Thine!

2 May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire; As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee Pure warm, and changeless be, A living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread, And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide; Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away, Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream, When death’s cold sullen stream
Shall o'er me roll. Blest Savior, then, in love,
Fear and distrust remove; O bear me safe above, A ransomed soul!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

CONFESSION

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Psalm 103:1-13
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live[a] so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses,his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.9 He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Matthew 18.21-35

21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church[g] sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22 Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven[h] times.23 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents[i] was brought to him; 25 and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” 27 And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;[j] and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” 29 Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” 30 But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” 34 And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister[k] from your heart.’

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to You Lord Christ

SERMON: Dr. Randy Working The Law of Grace

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 Belgic Confession, article 7
We believe that the Holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and that whatever we ought to believe for salvation is sufficiently taught in them. For since the whole manner of worship which God requires of us, is written in them, it is unlawful for any one, even an apostle, to teach otherwise than we are now taught in the Holy Scriptures: even if it were an angel from heaven, as the apostle Paul says.

Hymn #366 - Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

1 Jesus, Thy boundless love to me No thought can reach, no tongue declare;
O knit my thankful heart to Thee, And reign without a rival there!
Thine wholly, Thine alone, I'd live, Myself to Thee, entirely give.

2 O, grant that nothing in my soul May dwell, but Thy pure love alone;
O may Thy love possess me whole, My joy, my treasure, and my crown!
All coldness from my heart remove; May every act, word, thought be love.

3 O love, how gracious is thy way! All fear before thy presence flies;
Care, anguish, sorrow melt away, Where'er Thy healing beams arise.
O Jesus, nothing may I see, Nothing desire or seek, but Thee.

HOLYCOMMUNION

CLOSING HYMN #420 - God of Grace and God of Glory

God of Grace and God of Glory God of grace and God of glory,

On Thy people pour Thy power; Crown Thine ancient Church’s story, Bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage,

For the facing of this hour, For the facing of this hour.

Lo! The hosts of evil round us Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways!

From the fears that long have bound us, Free our hearts to faith and praise.

Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage, For the living of these days, For the living of these days.

Cure Thy children’s warring madness; Bend our pride to Thy control;

Shame our wanton, selfish gladness, Rich in things and poor in soul.

Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage, Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal, Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places, Gird our lives that they may be Armored with all Christ-like graces In the fight to set men free. Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage, That we fail not man nor Thee! That we fail not man nor Thee!

 

BENEDICTION AND CHORAL RESPONSE

                                                              Congregation sings

God Be With You 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 in 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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