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Call to Worship

(Congregation reads underlined portion aloud together)

All who thirst, come to the water.
Come, all who are weary;
come, all who yearn for forgiveness.
The Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ has washed over us, 

and our gracious and holy God beckons and blesses us. 

Drink deeply of these living waters.
Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.

Song of Adoration

Christ Our Hope In Life and Death

 

What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand

 

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

 

What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer's blood
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

 

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death

 

Unto the grave, what will we sing?
"Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!"
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him
And we will rise to meet the Lord
Then sin and death will be destroyed
And we will feast in endless joy
When Christ is ours forevermore

 

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death
Now and ever we confess

 

Christ our hope in life and death

Song of Confession

Death Was Arrested

 

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin

Lost without hope with no place to begin

 

Your love made a way to let mercy come in

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains

My orphan heart was given a name

 

My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Oh Your grace so free washes over me

 

You have made me new 

Now life begins with You

 

It's Your endless love pouring down on us

 

You have made us new 

Now life begins with You

 

Released from my chains 

I'm a pris'ner no more

 

My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore

 

He cancelled my debt

And He called me His friend

 

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Oh Your grace so free washes over me

 

You have made me new 

Now life begins with You

 

It's Your endless love pouring down on us

 

You have made us new 

Now life begins with You

 

Our Savior displayed on a criminal's cross

Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost

 

But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand

That's when death was arrested and my life began

 

Oh Your grace so free washes over me

 

You have made me new 

Now life begins with You

 

It's Your endless love pouring down on us

 

You have made us new 

Now life begins with You

 

Oh we're free free forever we're free

Come join the song of all the redeemed

 

Yes we're free free forever amen

When death was arrested and my life began

 

Oh we're free free forever we're free

Come join the song of all the redeemed

 

Yes we're free free forever amen

When death was arrested and my life began

 

When death was arrested and my life began

When death was arrested and my life began

Confession / Assurance of Pardon

Corporate Confession (congregation reads underlined portion together):

 

Merciful God,
you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. 

We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. 

We have not loved you with a pure heart,
nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God.

Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. 

In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin.

Create in us a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within us.

Do not cast us from your presence,

or take your Holy Spirit from us.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit

through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Amen.

—based on Psalm 51:10-12

 

Assurance of Pardon

 

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion for his children,
so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him. 

—Psalm 103:8-13, NRSV

Song of Faithfulness

Foundations

 

I hear the Father say
You’re my beloved one
Nothing can prize away
A covenant built on love

When I feel like ruins
You see foundations
You see foundations
To build Your Kingdom here

I’ll stop second guessing you
Even when failures come
Redemption is what you do
You’re the God who makes weak things strong

When I feel likе ruins
You see foundations
You see foundations
To build Your Kingdom here

When I feel likе ruins
You see foundations
You see foundations
To build Your Kingdom here

My brokenness made beautiful
It’s like you said all things made new
My heart cries out, build your kingdom here
Let faith like fire burn in our bones
Let hope arise from weary souls
Our hearts cry out, build your kingdom here

When I feel like ruins
You see foundations
You see foundations
To build Your Kingdom here

Scripture Reading

Ruth 1:18–22 (ESV)


18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. 

Naomi and Ruth Return
19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” 
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

Sermon

Title: Pleasantness for Bitterness

Sermon Text: Ruth

Song of Redemption

Living Hope

 

How great the chasm that lay between us

How high the mountain I could not climb

 

In desperation I turned to heaven

And spoke Your name into the night

 

Then through the darkness Your loving-kindness

Tore through the shadows of my soul

 

The work is finished the end is written

Jesus Christ my living hope

 

Who could imagine so great a mercy

What heart could fathom such boundless grace

 

The God of ages stepped down from glory

To wear my sin and bear my shame

 

The cross has spoken I am forgiven

The King of kings calls me His own

 

Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever

Jesus Christ my living hope

 

Hallelujah praise the One who set me free

Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me

 

You have broken every chain

There’s salvation in Your name

 

Jesus Christ

My living hope

 

Then came the morning that sealed the promise

Your buried body began to breathe

 

Out of the silence the Roaring Lion

Declared the grave has no claim on me

 

Then came the morning that sealed the promise

Your buried body began to breathe

 

Out of the silence the Roaring Lion

Declared the grave has no claim on me

 

Jesus Yours is the victory

 

Hallelujah praise the One who set me free

Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me

 

You have broken every chain

There’s salvation in Your name

 

Jesus Christ

My living hope

 

Hallelujah praise the One who set me free

Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me

 

You have broken every chain

There’s salvation in Your name

 

Jesus Christ

My living hope

 

Jesus Christ

My living hope

 

Jesus Christ

My living hope

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Benediction

(Congregation reads underlined portion aloud)

May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 (NRSV)

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