Order of Service

March 6, 2022

Welcome to City Church! We’re so glad that you’ve joined us this morning. By embracing God’s love for the city, City Church is committed to seeing the Gospel bring renewal to Saint Louis through the church, in which hurting people experience hope, skeptics find answers, religious people lose their religion, and all find a home in gospel-centered community. We would love for you to be a part of this mission with us! If there’s any way we can help you get connected, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Call to Worship

Psalm 92:1–4, 12-15
 
LEADER: It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;


PEOPLE: To declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night,


LEADER: To the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.


PEOPLE: For You, O LORD, have made [us] glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands [we] sing for joy.


LEADER: The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.


PEOPLE: They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.


LEADER: They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,


ALL: To declare that the LORD is upright; He is [our] rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Song of Praise

Doxology

(Ken)

Confession of Sin

Merciful God,

    we confess that we have sinned against You

    in thought, word, and deed,

    by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In Your mercy forgive our sins,

    and grow us in Your grace as Your covenant people,

    so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways,

    to the glory of Your holy name. 

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

assurance of pardon

Psalm 103:8–12

Psalm 62:1–2

Leader: Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.

 

All: Thanks be to God.

Song of Praise

It Is Well

(Spafford)

Passing of the Peace

At this point in our service, we take time to greet one another. For parents of young children (ages 0-3), this is the time to get them checked-in and dropped off in the Childcare Co-op if you’re signed-up. If you’re visiting with us, you’re welcome to use the co-op for your 0-3 year old as well! Just come up the stairs—we’re happy to help!

Prayer of illumination

Guide us, O God,


by Your Word and Spirit,
   

that in Your light we may see light,


in Your truth find wisdom,

and in Your will discover Your peace,


through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Reading of The Preaching Passage

Response: This is the Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon

“Growth & Freedom According to Christ”

Colossians 2:16-23

Mike Werkheiser

Outline

1. When a longing for growth brings harm. (The true substance of our Christian walk; Colossians 2:16-19)
2. When a desire for freedom brings slavery. (The true object of our Christian worship; Colossians 2:20-23)

QUOTES

The boy didn’t need to hear it. There was already a deep black wordless conviction in him that the way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin. ― Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood


There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him. ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
 

We are learning to do a great many clever things. The next great task will be to learn not to do them. ― G.K. Chesterton, Varied Types

 

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
 

Worldliness proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man's fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be a ‘fool for Christ’s sake.’ ― Iain Murray, Evangelism Divided

Lord's Supper

Leader: Let us boldly proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Leader: Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us.
All: Dying He destroyed death. Rising He restored life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Leader: The gifts of God for the people of God.

SOng of response

Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)

(Barnard)

Prayers of the People

Leader: Lord Jesus, our hearts break, our anger is growing, our fears are real.  The evil we are witnessing in the Ukraine fuels our longing for the fulfillment of Isaiah’s vision.  How long, O Lord?  Have mercy, King Jesus.  We pray for the church, children, and citizens of the Ukraine.  We pray for the growing masses of Russian citizens protesting this horror.
 
Jesus, hasten the Day when all enmity, strife, and violence will be gone forever — no more wars or even rumors of war.  All selfishness, racism, tribalism, or trafficking have an expiration date.
 
Hurry the Day when God’s glory will encompass the earth like the oceans of the world — the Day when knowing the Lord won’t be something we do, but who we are.
 
Until then, keep us groaning and growing in grace, Lord Jesus.  Grant us quick repentances, softer hearts, and a passion for local reconciliation and global mission.  May the world recognize us as Your disciples by the way we love one another.  You have come, and You’re coming again, Jesus.  Until that glorious day, we will pray as You taught us…

All: “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.”  For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

SONG OF RESPONSE

In Our Place

(Briggs)

SONG OF Sending

Because He Lives

(Gaither)

We are pleased that you have joined us for worship this morning. Visitors and members alike are encouraged to fellowship with one another after the service. If you would like to speak with a pastor about a need in your life or for prayer, one will be available at the front of the room.

Additional Explanatory Notes


† Bold font indicates congregational participation


†† All baptized Christians, regardless of denominational affiliation (or lack thereof) are invited to join with us in the Lord’s Supper unless doing so would violate their conscience or the teaching of their home church. Covenant Children of City Church ought not partake until they and their parents have had a conversation with an elder of City Church granting the child admittance to the Table.  For regularly attending non-members, please speak with an elder should you have any questions about the sacrament.