Covenant Renewal Worship
Lord’s Day 10
6 March 2016
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Bible Study/Estudio Biblico – 9am Worship/Culto de Adoracion – 10am
“These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 )
Call to Worship | God Gathers His Church
– Holy is the Lord
Welcome, Scripture Reading, and Prayers – Isaiah / Isaias 60:1-5
Minister: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Congregation: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
Minister: but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light … Lift up your eyes all around, and see.
Congregation: Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult.
Ministro: »¡Levántate y resplandece, que tu luz ha llegado! ¡La gloria del Señor brilla sobre ti!
Congregación: Mira, las tinieblas cubren la tierra, y una densa oscuridad se cierne sobre los pueblos.
Ministro: Pero la aurora del Señor brillará sobre ti; ¡sobre ti se manifestará su gloria! Las naciones serán guiadas por tu luz … Alza los ojos, mira a tu alrededor.
Congregación: Verás esto y te pondrás radiante de alegría; vibrará tu corazón y se henchirá de gozo.
Invocation / Invocación
– Let Your Light Shine
Confession of Sins | God Forgives His People
Minister: Brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near and humbly confess our sins to God.
Ministro: Hermanos, tenemos plena libertad para entrar en el Lugar Santísimo, mediante la sangre de Jesús, entonces déjenos acercarnos para confesar nuestros pecados a Dios.
Minister: Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Ministro: Quien encubre su pecado jamás prospera; quien lo confiesa y lo deja, halla perdón. ¡Dichoso el que siempre teme al Señor! Pero el obstinado caerá en la desgracia.
Assurance of Pardon / Seguridad de Perdón –
Minister: According to God’s promises in the new covenant, he will be merciful toward your iniquities and remember your sins no more. So lift up your hearts to God in worship, for the blood of Jesus cleanses you from all your sins.
Ministro: Segun las promesas de Dios en el nuevo pacto, Dios perdonará sus iniquidades, y nunca más se acoradará de sus pecados. Levantemos nuestros corazones a Dios en adoración, porque la sangre de Cristo nos limpia de nuestros pecados.
– All I Have is Christ
– Turn Your Eyes on Jesus*
*Kids 3 and under may dismiss to Bible Class. / Sermón en español en salon C.
Consecration | God Equips His Church
Scripture Reading and Prayer – Ezekiel 1:4-14, 26-28
As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went. As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit[c] would go, they went, without turning as they went.As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning…And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Collect: Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Sermon: Glory and Grace in the Flesh – John 1:1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
Pastoral Prayer —
– Joy to the World**
**Kids return to worship. / Toda la congregación vuelve a reunirse.
Confession of Faith
Congregation Reads – The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life;
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
– How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Communion | God Nourishes His Church
If you have been baptized into Christ, trust Him as your only hope for Salvation, and are a member in good standing at any evangelical church, then you are invited to take the elements as they are passed. Please hold them until such time that we partake of them together.
Si Ud ha sido bautizado en Cristo y confia en él como su unica esperanza para salvacion, y es miembro sano en una iglesia Cristiana, puede participar en la santa cena del Señor con plena confianza porque es Cristo que le invita.
Communion Meditation and Prayer — 1 John / Juan 4:1-4
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Queridos hermanos, no crean a cualquiera que pretenda estar inspirado por el Espíritu, sino sométanlo a prueba para ver si es de Dios, porque han salido por el mundo muchos falsos profetas. En esto pueden discernir quién tiene el Espíritu de Dios: todo profeta que reconoce que Jesucristo ha venido en cuerpo humano, es de Dios; todo profeta que no reconoce a Jesús, no es de Dios sino del anticristo. Ustedes han oído que éste viene; en efecto, ya está en el mundo. Ustedes, queridos hijos, son de Dios y han vencido a esos falsos profetas, porque el que está en ustedes es más poderoso que el que está en el mundo.
Offerings and Thanksgiving / Ofrendas e Acción de Gracias — Hebrews / Hebreos 13:5-6
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Manténganse libres del amor al dinero, y conténtense con lo que tienen, porque Dios ha dicho: «Nunca te dejaré; jamás te abandonaré.» Así que podemos decir con toda confianza: «El Señor es quien me ayuda; no temeré. ¿Qué me puede hacer un simple mortal?»
– Arise O God and Shine
Commission | God Sends His Church — Numbers / Numeros 6:24-26
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.
Bendición: »El Señor te bendiga y te guarde; el Señor te mire con agrado y te extienda su amor; el Señor te muestre su favor paz.
Meeting at CP Prep – 603 S. Bryan Beltline Rd – Mesquite, Texas