Covenant Renewal Worship
Lord’s Day 12
20 March 2016
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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

– Come and Sing

Welcome, Scripture Reading, and Prayers –

Minister: Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered…And I saw a Lamb, as though it had been slain, standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Congregation: “Worthy are youfor you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

Minister: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Congregation: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! Amen”

Ministro: ¡He aquí el León de la tribu de Judá, la Raíz de David, ha vencido…” Y vi en medio del trono y de los cuatro seres vivientes y de los ancianos un Cordero de pie, como inmolado. Tenía siete cuernos y siete ojos, que son los siete Espíritus de Dios enviados a toda la tierra.

Congregación: “¡Digno eres…Porque tú fuiste inmolado y con tu sangre has redimido para Dios gente de toda raza, lengua, pueblo y nación. Tú los has constituido en un reino y sacerdotes para nuestro Dios, y reinarán sobre la tierra”. Apoc. 4:8

Ministro: “Digno es el Cordero, que fue inmolado, de recibir el poder, las riquezas, la sabiduría, la fortaleza, la honra, la gloria y la alabanza”. Apoc. 4:11

Congregación:  “Al que está sentado en el trono y al Cordero sean la bendición y la honra y la gloria y el poder por los siglos de los siglos”. Amen

Invocation / Invocación – 

Be Thou My Vision

+ 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: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Ministro: Este es el mensaje que hemos oído de parte de él y les anunciamos: Dios es luz, y en él no hay ningunas tinieblas. Si decimos que tenemos comunión con él y andamos en tinieblas, mentimos y no practicamos la verdad. Pero si andamos en luz, como él está en luz, tenemos comunión unos con otros y la sangre de su Hijo Jesús nos limpia de todo pecado. Si decimos que no tenemos pecado, nos engañamos a nosotros mismos y la verdad no está en nosotros. 

Assurance of Pardon / Seguridad de Perdón –

Minister: According to God’s promises, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 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, si hemos confesado nuestros pecados, él es fiel y justo para perdonar nuestros pecados y limpiarnos de toda maldad. Entonces, levantemos nuestros corazones a Dios en adoración, porque la sangre de Cristo nos limpia de nuestros pecados.

– Whate’er My God Ordains is Right

– We Fall Down (Holy, Holy, Holy)* 

*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 3:4-12, 16-19

And he said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel— not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears. And go to the exiles, to your people, and speak to them and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear or refuse to hear.” Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!” … And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”

Collect: Almighty God, Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Sermon: The Mission & Vision of the Lamb of God – John 1:34-51 (cp Genesis 28:10-22)

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Pastoral Prayer — 

– Wonderful Merciful Savior **

**Kids return to worship. / Toda la congregación vuelve a reunirse.

+ Confession of Faith

Congregation Reads – The Nicene Creed (381 AD)

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.

– Let Your Blood Plead for Me

+ Communion | God Nourishes His Church 

If you are a baptized Christian, and you trust Jesus as your only hope for Salvation, and you are a member in good standing at any Christian church, then you are invited to eat and drink at the Lord’s table. Please hold the elements that we partake of them together.

Si Ud es un Cristiano ya bautizado, y confía en Jesucristo como su única esperanza para salvación,  y es un miembro sano de una iglesia Cristiana, puede participar en la santa cena del Señor con plena confianza. Solo pedimos que no consumen los elementos hasta que todos hayan sido servido; así participaremos todos juntos   

+ Communion Meditation and Prayer —

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11

En esto se mostró el amor de Dios para con nosotros: en que Dios envió a su Hijo unigénito al mundo para que vivamos por él. En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios sino en que él nos amó a nosotros y envió a su Hijo en expiación por nuestros pecados. Amados, ya que Dios nos amó así, también nosotros debemos amarnos unos a otros. 1 Juan 4:9-11


Offering and Prayer of Thanksgiving / Ofrenda e Accion de Gracias – 

Two things I ask of you;
    deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
    give me neither poverty nor riches;
    feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
    and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
    and profane the name of my God. (Pro 30:7-9)

»Sólo dos cosas te pido, Señor;
    no me las niegues antes de que muera:
Aleja de mí la falsedad y la mentira;
    no me des pobreza ni riquezas
    sino sólo el pan de cada día.
Porque teniendo mucho, podría desconocerte
    y decir: “¿Y quién es el Señor?”
Y teniendo poco, podría llegar a robar
    y deshonrar así el nombre de mi Dios.

– As You Go

+ Commission | God Sends His Church – 

Brothers and sisters, we are on mission with God. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace.

Hermanos y hermanas, participamos en la misión de Dios. No se avergüencen acerca del testimonio de nuestro Señor. Al contrario, con el poder de Dios, deben soportar sufrimientos por el evangelio. Pues Dios nos salvó y nos llamó a una vida santa, no por nuestras propias obras, sino por su propia determinación y gracia.

Benediction:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bendición:  Que Dios el Padre y Cristo Jesús nuestro Señor te concedan gracia, misericordia y paz.

– Doxology

Meeting at CP Prep – 603 S. Bryan Beltline Rd – Mesquite, Texas

palm sunday cross
Cross made out of palm fronds.