A Worship Guide for Sunday, April 26
We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others.
Call to Worship
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.
 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall vows be performed.
 O you who hear prayer,
to you shall all flesh come.
 When iniquities prevail against me,
you atone for our transgressions.
 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple!
 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;
 the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;
 who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,
 so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
 You visit the earth and water it;
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.
 You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
 You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
God and Creator of all things, in your power you reign over all that you have created. And in your goodness, you bring atonement for our transgressions. Salvation belongs to the Lord! And because of your great mercy demonstrated through the cross of Jesus Christ, we can now draw near to you to offer the praise and worship that we owe you. Please produce in us dependence on your strength, joy in your goodness, humility because of our unworthiness. Hear us now for Christ's sake. Amen.
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GIVE THANKS to God who hears the cries of His people. He is not a distant or far off God but is near and hears our groanings. Praise God that He has perfectly answered our deepest longings and greatest need in Christ Jesus. He redeems us from being slaves to sin and adopts us as His sons and daughters through faith in Christ. Give thanks that no circumstance in this life can thwart or change this precious truth.
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. (Exodus 2:23-25)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:1-7)
CONFESS to God that during this time of uncertainty we can find ourselves distrusting the goodness, power, and wisdom of God. Confess that we have been anxious and ask for a child-like faith to trust God.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:25, 32-33)
BRING THESE REQUESTS before God knowing that He hears us:
Pray that God would press upon our local, state, and national government the weightiness of their calling and that they would be filled with immense wisdom to make choices that lead to human flourishing and God’s glory. Pray that God would use this unique moment to draw His people to Himself. That we would grow in holiness as we long for Christ’s return.
Pray for Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Pray that their members are growing in love for God and neighbor. Pray that their Pastor Marty Duffell would be filled with wisdom and grace as he teaches and leads their church.
Pray for the student ministry at CCC. Pray that the students would see their need for Christ as they watch the world around offer no sufficient solutions for death and despair. Pray for the parents who are having extended time with their teenagers. Pray that God would use this time to strengthen relationships within the home.
Pray for Muslims as they celebrate Ramadan. Pray that God would awaken them to the falsehood of Islam and that would come to know that the god of Islam does not hear their cries. Pray for missionaries around the world serving in predominately Muslim contexts to be filled with much boldness and love as they both serve and proclaim the gospel of Christ.
Pray for the people group Crimean Tatar of Uzbekistan. Pray that God would raise us missionaries to take the gospel to these people. Pray that they would have eyes to see that God’s anger towards sin can only be satisfied in the work of Christ and not their own.
Pray for Jordan Evangelical Seminary. That the leaders would have wisdom and peace as they make choices during this crisis to help strengthen the seminary. May the students continue to be equipped to rightfully teach God’s inspired word. May their seminary continue to advance the gospel in the Middle East.
Read the Bible
 Cast your bread upon the waters,
for you will find it after many days.
 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight,
for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.
 If the clouds are full of rain,
they empty themselves on the earth,
and if a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.
 He who observes the wind will not sow,
and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. (ESV)
Watch the Sermon
Summary: The preacher is bringing his sermon to a close but not before giving us wisdom so that we can live wisely and joyously in uncertain times. While he calls us to live in bold faith, he is not naive or ignorant to the challenges we will face. While many of us facing uncertainty succumb to hesitation, fear and inactivity trying to protect what we have, the preacher says, "sow in the morning, withhold nothing in the evening." In other words, the preacher reminds us that in spite of uncertainties, we are free to live without fear but to live instead by faith in our sovereign God who has made all things. I think you will find this to be one of the most encouraging passages in the whole book.
Review and Apply
1. How deeply do you fear the uncertainties in life?
2. What are you most afraid of losing?
3. How much of your life is shaped by confident predictions of the future?
4. Give an example of a risk taken and the result that came from it? If you have never taken a risk, why not?
5. What is your first response to threats and changes to your schedule and plans?
In what way are you giving yourself to God fully trusting him in producing the results?
6. How does the reality that God makes everything help you in this life under the sun? Give specific examples.