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Posted by United Reformed Church of Burlington, WA on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship – April 5, 2020

Scripture: Luke 22:47-53
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 
48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we
strike with the sword?” 
50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come
to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 
53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”


THEME: “The Power of Darkness Meets a Greater Power”

SONGS
“Behold Our God”
VERSE 1
Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
CHORUS
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!
VERSE 2
Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His Words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds
VERSE 3
Who has felt the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!

TAG
Men: You will reign forever!
Women: Let Your glory fill the earth
“Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended”

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted!
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee!
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;
I crucified thee.
Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered.
For our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.
For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.
Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.
“Man of Sorrows”

1 Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

3 Guilty, vile and helpless, we;
spotless Lamb of God was he,
Full atonement! Can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

4 He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

5 When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Heidelberg Catechism
Q. What comfort is it to you that Christ will come to judge the living and the dead?
A. In all my sorrow and persecution I lift up my head and eagerly await as judge from heaven
the very same person who before has submitted Himself to the judgment of God for my sake,
and has removed all the curse from me.[1] He will cast all His and my enemies into
everlasting condemnation, but He will take me and all His chosen ones to Himself into
heavenly joy and glory.[2]
[1] Luke 21:28; Rom. 8:22-25; Phil. 3:20,21; Tit. 2:13, 14. [2] Matt. 25:31-46; I Thess. 4:16, 17;
II Thess. 1:6-10.

Prayer for the Sick and the Spiritually Distressed
Eternal and merciful God and Father, the eternal salvation of the living and the eternal life of
the dying, You alone have life and death in Your hands. You continually care for us in such a
way that neither health nor sickness, neither good nor evil, can befall us—indeed, not even a
hair can fall from our heads—without Your will. You order all things for the good of believers.
We ask that You will grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit, that He may teach us to know truly
our miseries, and to bear patiently Your chastisements, which, as far as our merits are
concerned, might have been ten thousand times more severe. We know that they are not
tokens of Your wrath, but of Your fatherly love for us, that we might not be condemned with
the world.
Increase our faith by Your Holy Spirit, that we may become more and more united with Christ,
to whom You desire to conform us, both in suffering and in glory. Lighten our cross, so that we
in our weakness may be able to bear it. We submit ourselves without reserve to Your holy will,
whether You leave our souls here in these earthly tents or take them home to Yourself. We
have no fear, because we belong to Christ and therefore shall not perish. We even desire to
depart from this weak body in the hope of a blessed resurrection, knowing that then it will be
restored to us in a much more glorious form.
Grant that we may experience the blessed comfort of the remission of sins and justification in
Christ. May we with that defense overcome all the assaults of Satan. May Jesus’ innocent
blood wash away our stain, and may His righteousness cover our unrighteousness in Your
judgment at last. Arm us with faith and hope, that we may not be put to shame by any fear of death. May the eyes of our soul be fixed upon You when the eyes of our body become dim.
When You take from us the power of speech, may our hearts never cease to call upon You. O
Lord, we commit our souls into Your hands; do not forsake us in the hour of death. This we
pray only for the sake of Christ, who taught us to pray, saying: “Our Father…”