Worship In Person

April 11, 2021

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Reformed Theological Seminary
2101 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Welcome and Call to Worship

Oh How Good It Is (Psalm 133)

Oh how good it is
When the family of God
Dwells together in spirit
In faith and unity.
Where the bonds of peace,
Of acceptance and love
Are the fruit of His presence here among us.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord
And with one heart we’ll live out His word
Till the whole earth sees
The Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Oh how good it is
On this journey we share
To rejoice with the happy
And weep with those who mourn.
For the weak find strength
The afflicted find grace
When we offer the blessing of belonging.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord
And with one heart we’ll live out His word
Till the whole earth sees
The Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Oh how good it is
To embrace His command
To prefer one another
Forgive as He forgives.
When we live as one
We all share in the love
Of the Son with the Father and the Spirit.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord
And with one heart we’ll live out His word
Till the whole earth sees
The Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Words/Music: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes, Stuart Townend; © 2012 Gettymusic; Parakeet Boots Music; Townend Music; CCLI License #11029770

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

We will feast in the house of Zion;
We will sing with our hearts restored!
“He has done great things!” we will say together,
“We will feast and weep no more!”

We will not be burned by the fire––
He is the Lord our God!
We are not consumed, by the flood––
Upheld, protected, gathered up!

We will feast in the house of Zion;
We will sing with our hearts restored!
“He has done great things!” we will say together,
“We will feast and weep no more!”

In the dark of night, before the dawn,
My soul, be not afraid;
For the promised morning––oh how long?
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength!

We will feast in the house of Zion;
We will sing with our hearts restored!
“He has done great things!” we will say together,
“We will feast and weep no more!”

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed––
You are the faithful One––
And from the garden to the grave,
Bind us together, bring shalom.

We will feast in the house of Zion;
We will sing with our hearts restored!
“He has done great things!” we will say together,
“We will feast and weep no more!”

Words/Music: Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore; © 2015 Drink Your Tea, Joshmooreownsthis Music; CCLI License #11029770

Confession of Faith

New City Catechism 48

Q. What is the church?

A. God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

Missions Moment

Ethan Brown, RUF

Pastoral Prayer

Giving

Great Are You Lord

You give life, you are love;
You bring light to the darkness.
You give hope, you restore
Every heart that is broken.
Great are you, Lord!

It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
Pour out our praise!
It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to you only!

You give life, you are love;
You bring light to the darkness.
You give hope, you restore
Every heart that is broken.
Great are you, Lord!

It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
Pour out our praise!
It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to you only!

It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
Pour out our praise!
It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to you only!

All the earth will shout your praise,
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing:
“Great are you, Lord!”
(repeat)

It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
Pour out our praise!
It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to you only!

It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
Pour out our praise!
It’s your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to you only!

Words/Music: Leslie Jordan, Jason Ingram, and David Leonard; © 2012 Open Hands Music, Integrity’s Praise! Music, and Integrity’s Alleluia! Music; CCLI License #11029770

Sermon

Series: Ephesians: All Things United in Christ
Sermon: Called to Unity
Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Outline

I. The Source of Unity

II. The Purpose of Unity

III. The Path to Unity

Behold Our God

Who has held the oceans in his hand?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at his voice;
All creation rises to rejoice.

Behold our God, seated on his throne;
come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare;
come, let us adore him!

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?

Behold our God, seated on his throne;
come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare;
come, let us adore him!

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!

Behold our God, seated on his throne;
come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare;
come, let us adore him!

You will reign forever! (Let your glory fill the earth!)[repeat]

Behold our God, seated on his throne;
come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare;
come, let us adore!

Behold our God, seated on his throne;
come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare;
come, let us adore him!

Words/Music: Ryan & Meghan Baird; © 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship; CCLI License #11029770

Benediction

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