Order of Service

July 25, 2021

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!

Song of Praise

Come Thou Fount

(Robinson & Madan)

Prayer of Confession

All: 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

Hebrews 10:19–23

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

All: Thanks be to God.
 

Song of Response

Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder

(Newton)

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

"Relentless Pursuit"

Genesis 31:22-55

Herman Armstrong

The Lord's Supper ††

Leader: Let us boldly proclaim the mystery of faith.

All: Christ has died. Christ has 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

Not What My Hands Have Done

(Bonar; Yerby)

Prayers of the people

LEADER: Father God, Maker of heaven and earth,

    as Your people, blood-bought by the cross of Christ, 

    we cannot escape Your presence or sovereign will,

    and we do not desire to do so.  

 

PEOPLE: Keep us, Lord.  Keep us looking to You.

 

LEADER: For Your Church, scattered throughout the world,

    we pray that You would not let her foot be moved.

    Strengthen Your people in the truth.

    Fortify us by Your Word and guide us by Your Spirit.

 

PEOPLE: Keep us, Lord.  Keep us abiding in You.

 

LEADER: In this parched land, scorched by the heat of indignity

   and ravaged by pride and confusion,

   shelter us.  In doing so, make us a shelter – 

            for the hurting, for the confused, 

            for the downcast, for the wayward.

 

PEOPLE: Keep us, Lord.  Keep us living for You. 

 

LEADER: As evil swipes at the righteous, corrupts the good,

    breeds division, frustrates progress, and fans the 

    flames of indifference and ignorance,

             strengthen Your Church to be unified in the Gospel,

            embolden our government leaders to know and speak the truth,

and enable our country to begin healing by and through repentance unto faith. 

 

PEOPLE: Keep us, Lord.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Song of Response

All I Have Is Christ

(Kauflin)

Song of Sending

Rejoice

(Kensrue & Townend)

We are pleased that you have joined us for worship this morning. Due to precautions for the current COVID precautions, visitors and members alike are encouraged to fellowship with one another after the service outside the sanctuary and at a social distance. 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.