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A Worship Guide for Sunday, April 19

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others. 

Call to Worship

We come now to worship God, which is the only right response of creatures toward their gracious Creator.

Psalm 33:1–7
[1] Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
[2] Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
[3] Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

[4] For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
[5] He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

[6] By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
[7] He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Pray

You are the Creator of all things, by your Spirit you have given life and by your Son you sustain all that you have created. Your majestic glory is evident in all the earth and the heavens. Your invisible attributes, your eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly percieved ever since the creation of the world. We are but the work of your hands and come before you humbly, giving thanks for your great kindness to us in the saving work of your Son Jesus Christ.

Sing

All three worship songs are in the playlist below.

Praise to the Lord
The Lord is My Salvation
Precious Children

Give

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[As Ray discussed in his video update a few weeks ago, the members of CCC have served each other well over the past few weeks in providing for those in our membership who are in need due to the Coronavirus. As evidence of God's kindness and our members' generosity, we are pleased to let you know that we have a generously funded Coronavirus benevolence fund at this time. Therefore, we have removed the "Benevolence - Coronavirus" fund designation from the Elexio giving portal, and we would ask that any giving by check not be directed to Coronavirus. This is a dynamic time, so we will let you know if things change and needs begin to exceed our expectations. Please join us in thanking God for His provision for this body.]

Pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Confess your sins before the Lord. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23).

Give thanks for the forgiveness God offers in Jesus Christ. As Hebrews says, "Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, [20] by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, [21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God, [22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful" (Heb 10:19-23).

Bring these requests before God with hearts full of dependence on him.

     1.  Pray that God would mercifully halt the spread of this virus, but that would many would turn to him in this time of unrest. Pray for wisdom for our local, state and national leaders, as well as for professionals who are working to care for the sick. Pray that the church would be a bold and compassionate witness to the truth of the gospel.

     2.  Pray for our brothers and sisters at Christ the King Presbyterian Church, that the God of hope would fill them with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit they may abound in hope (Rom 15:13).

     3.  Pray for the work being done by Hearts and Hands for Haiti to care for many in northern Haiti as that country experiences the effects of the pandemic as well. Pray that the churches we partner with there would grow strong in faith and that they would be fruitful in gospel witness.

     4.  Pray for the Brahmin in India, that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into this harvest field.

     5.  Pray that the Lord would use you for all his good purposes for you. He has prepared good works beforehand that you should walk in them (Eph 2:10). Offer yourself willingly to do all that he may have for you in the days ahead.

     6.  Pray that as you read the word of God and listen to it preached, that the Holy Spirit would cause you to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Pray that the Spirit would help you to understand the word, that he might bring both conviction and encouragement, and that you might be strengthened to respond in obedience with joy.

Read the Bible

Ecclesiastes 9:13–10:20 [9:13] I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. [14] There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. [15] But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. [16] But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heard.

[17] The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. [18] Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. 

[10:1] Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench;
so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
[2] A wise man's heart inclines him to the right,
but a fool's heart to the left.
[3] Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense,
and he says to everyone that he is a fool.
[4] If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place,
for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.

[5] There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler: [6] folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place. [7] I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves.

[8] He who digs a pit will fall into it,
and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall.
[9] He who quarries stones is hurt by them,
and he who splits logs is endangered by them.
[10] If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge,
he must use more strength,
but wisdom helps one to succeed.
[11] If the serpent bites before it is charmed,
there is no advantage to the charmer.

[12] The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor,
but the lips of a fool consume him.
[13] The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness,
and the end of his talk is evil madness.
[14] A fool multiplies words,
though no man knows what is to be,
and who can tell him what will be after him?
[15] The toil of a fool wearies him,
for he does not know the way to the city.

[16] Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
and your princes feast in the morning!
[17] Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,
and your princes feast at the proper time,
for strength, and not for drunkenness!
[18] Through sloth the roof sinks in,
and through indolence the house leaks.
[19] Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.
[20] Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king,
nor in your bedroom curse the rich,
for a bird of the air will carry your voice,
or some winged creature tell the matter. (ESV) 

Watch the Sermon

Summary: Continuing from chapter 7, the preacher instructs us on the value of living with wisdom while we live our days under the sun. Keep in mind "under the sun" is an expression for life on planet earth, exiled from the original Eden and waiting for the restored Eden. It is life in the wilderness, where God’s people struggle, where things are unpredictable.Things happen, accidents occur, viruses spread. While we cannot control events, we can choose the path of wisdom. The preacher shows the deep value of wisdom, points out some of its vulnerability and then offers its value in various areas of life.

Review and Apply

Give one example of foolishness that made life a greater challenge and struggle?  Give the reason you followed the path of foolishness (why did you make the choice you did)?

Give an example of someone's wisdom or wisdom you gave to another that led to their growth in godliness. How hard was it to follow?

What are some areas that you need God's wisdom now for decisions ahead? How does the Bible speak to this decision?

How do your Christian friends help you walk in God's wisdom?

How can you follow this instruction? Eph 5.15-17: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."