Worship Guide :: Sunday July 5

On behalf of Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church, I wish you and yours a very, happy Independence Day weekend. I continue to thank God for the privilege it is to live in this great country and for the freedoms we enjoy as one nation, under God. I continue to thank God for the men and women in uniform that serve and protect those freedoms. I continue to thank God for the Christian foundation this nation was built upon, and though we have strayed from such foundation in many ways, continue to pray that the Lord would lead us back as only he can.

As you celebrate this weekend, take a moment to thank God for his goodness and generosity to us as a nation, and take a moment to pray for our governing authorities (Rom. 13) that God would grant them the wisdom they need, and that they would ultimately be vessels of his sovereign will.

Call to Worship:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:1-2)

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for setting us free in Christ from the curse of our sin.  Thank you for transferring us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of your marvelous light.  Thank you for transforming us from slaves of sin to your redeemed and sanctified sons and daughters.  We pray that you would now be pleased with the offering of worship we bring you, this day.  In Jesus name, amen.

Song:

“I Choose to Worship” – Rend Collective

Call to Confession:
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Gal. 5:13-14)

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we again thank you for the freedom you have given and we enjoy in Christ Jesus.  We thank you for purchasing us, as your own, through the precious blood of Christ Jesus.  Yet, Father, we confess that too often we do not use our freedom to serve you, to further your kingdom, to love our neighbor, but instead we look only to ourselves and our own interests.  Father, forgive us, we pray, and empower us afresh through your Spirit to do your will.  In Jesus name, amen.

Assurance of Pardon:
“Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through Jesus forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)

Song:

“Only A Holy God” – CityAlight

Prayer:
Our Father and our God, we praise your name once again this day.  We praise and thank you for the freedom we enjoy and the blessing it is to live in the United States of America, we think especially of that gift this Independence Day weekend.  We thank you for those who have gone before us, and for those who continue to serve and make such freedom possible.  Father, at the same time, we express sorrow and concern for the ways in which our country has drifted from its founding principles.  We express sorrow and concern for the ways in which, we as a country, too often use our freedom to indulge the flesh and not to follow after your ways.  We pray Lord for revival, we pray Lord for a return in this country to our Christian foundation.  Father, we pray now, especially in these most volatile and uncertain times – times stricken by viruses and division – for your grace and peace to come and rest.  We pray for your Gospel to go forth and transform lives that we, as a people, might follow after you and forsake our sinful ways.  Only your Spirit can bring the transformation we need.  Only your Spirit can bring true life, liberty, and love to our land, so we ask for you to please do it, in the name of Jesus.  Now, Lord, as we turn to your timeless Word, we pray for your blessing, guidance, and application to our lives.  In Jesus name, amen.

Reflection:
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:11-12)

Closing Song:

“All My Ways are Known to You” – CityAlight

Please remember to support your local church during this time.
You can give online by clicking here or
through sending tithes and offerings by check, through mail to the church address: 

Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church
2101 Sixth Avenue South
Lake Worth, FL 33461

 

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