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The Lord’s Day Evening

Call to Worship .................................................................. 1 Peter 2:9

February 8, 2015 Six O’clock

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation ......................................................... Dr. Sean Michael Lucas

Prelude ................................................................... Dr. Steve Murphey

Dear Lord Jesus, knowing you is a personal but not a private affair. I may come before you alone, but I cannot remain alone. As soon as I bring my longings and needs before you, you enlarge my heart and expand my gaze to see the faces and hear the cries of others. Such is the way of the gospel. …As I cry out today for a fresh gospel renewal in my own heart, I ask the same for a bevy of family members, friends, and colleagues. Everybody is hungry and everybody needs bread. Every one of us is like King David, with stories of failure and fear, brokenness and weakness, heartache and heart need. The details of our stories differ, but each of us needs you just as much as the other. Lord Jesus, for your glory and the reinvigoration of our hearts, please restore to us the joy of your salvation. It’s your salvation, because we could never save ourselves. Like Jonah, we humbly cry from within our own hard places, “Salvation comes from the LORD” (Jon. 2:9). Bring us back to the joyful, childlike love we had for you at first, Jesus (Rev. 2:4)—a love totally generated in response to the undeserved, unparalleled, unwavering love you have for us (1 John 4:19). For your joy is our strength, Lord Jesus—strength for repenting, strength for obeying, strength for hoping, strength for serving others, and above all, strength for adoring you, for you alone are worthy of our hearts’ attention, affection, and allegiance. The only sacrifice we cling to is yours, Lord Jesus. Only your cross—only the gospel enables us to offer up a contrite heart free of all condemnation, and a broken spirit free of all self-contempt. Send your Spirit and free us in this very moment. Grant us humility and hope. Bring much glory to yourself as you bring fresh mercies to us. Open our eyes to see more of your beauty and nearness today, Lord Jesus. Open our ears that we might hear you rejoicing over us with singing and the affection of an impassioned Bridegroom. Open our mouths that we might offer you the worship and adoration of which you are so worthy. Together we cry out, with hearts primed with anticipation, “Hallelujah, what a salvation! Hallelujah, what a Savior!” So very Amen we pray, in your most holy and loving name. (Scotty Smith)

Hymn 457 ........................................ Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Missions Moment ........................................................... Carrie Jussely Corporate Response Direct Carrie, O Lord, in all her doings with your most gracious favor, and further her with your continual help; that in all her works begun, continued, and ended in you, she may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Songbook 60 ........................................... My Lord, I Did Not Choose You (Children will be dismissed to 4 Corners on last verse.) Missions Moment ............................................................ Doug Barclay Prayer of Response .............................................................. Dr. Lucas Scripture Reading......................................................... Isaiah 43:18-21 Sermon ................................................................... Rev. Joseph Wheat “Re-New Missions” Songbook 54 ................................................... Lead On, O King Eternal Benediction

From John Piper: Missions is our way of saying: the joy of knowing Christ is not a private or tribal or national or ethnic privilege. It is for all. And that’s why we go. Because we have tasted the joy of worshiping Jesus, and we want all the families of the earth included. “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” (Psalm 22:27). Seeking the worship of the nations is fueled by the joy of our own worship. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. You can’t proclaim what you don’t prize. Worship is the fuel and the goal of missions.

February 8, 2015 6:00 p.m. Presbyterian Church in America Hattiesburg, Mississippi