P R E P A R A T I O N
- Look over the order of worship and take note of the various links.
- Prepare your heart by getting comfortable and quiet before God
asking God to use this time for yourself and if you are with your
family to bring you into a spirit of worship and gratitude as well as a
longing for your church family.
A D O R A T I O N
Call to worship from Psalm 147:1–5
(Read Aloud) Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our
God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD
builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the
brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the
stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and
abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Old Testament reading from Jeremiah 31:1–9
“At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of
Israel, and they shall be my people.” Thus says the LORD: “The people
who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought
for rest, the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with
an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again
you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the
dance of the merrymakers. Again you shall plant vineyards on the
mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and shall enjoy the
fruit. For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill
country of Ephraim: ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our
God.’ ” For thus says the LORD: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and
raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and
say, ‘O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ Behold, I will
bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest
parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant
woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall
return here. With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I
will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a
straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to
Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
C O N F E S S I O N
A short time of private confession
shared confession of sin as the corporate church body: Our Father in
Heaven, we turn to You as Your adopted children, chosen, redeemed, and
called, yet we carry in our bodies a tendency to sin and turn against
You. Have mercy upon us and forgive our sins, we pray. We confess that
we have been negligent in our duties and we’ve violated Your word as
we’ve sinned through our words, through our thoughts, and through the
things we’ve done. We know we deserve Your wrath but plead for Your
mercy as we come through Jesus Christ, our Lord, the One Who gave
Himself for us to redeem us from all our sin and to purify us. Amen.
A S S U R A N C E
Reading from Psalm 86:3–7
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the
soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For
you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all
who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for
grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
T H A N K S G I V I N G
Affirmation of what we believe from the Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and
in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy
Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day
He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the
right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the
living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic
Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
I N T E R C E S S I O N
New Testament reading from 1 Peter 1:3–9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to
his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an
inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in
heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice,
though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by
various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more
precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be
found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus
Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not
now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is
inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your
faith, the salvation of your souls.
Our missionary focus this week is Esaïe & Natacha Etienne who are continuing the work in Haiti with church planting, leadership training, medical mission, and children’s school and home even though there are great struggles, with gasoline and food shortages already in Haiti before the COVID19 pandemic.
Prayer of intercession
- Pray for Esaie and the work in Haiti
- Pray for CCPC as we are scattered that God will continue to work in us and through us to His glory
- Pray for the needs of the church body – protection, as well as physical, spiritual, financial, and other needs.
- Give thanks to God for His promises, His great salvation in Jesus Christ, and for the working of the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for the various needs in the flock known to you.
- Pray that God would have mercy upon our country and our leaders in this time of crisis.
- Pray that God’s kingdom would advance through the midst of chaos in the world and His name be glorified.
Pastor Bob Brubaker’s sermon No Need To Worry from Matthew 6:24-34
Tithes & offerings 2 Corinthians 9:7–9
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to
make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all
things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is
written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his
righteousness endures forever.”
- Check by mail: Christ Community Presbyterian Church
2310 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL 33764
B L E S S I N G
Charge: Substitute worry with prayer. Every time you begin to worry, pray. As for encouragement go outside and see the birds and the flowers and be reminded that as God takes care of them, so He has promised to take care of you. You need not worry. He has everything under control.
Benediction (read aloud): Ephesians 3:20 & 21
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask
or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in
the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and
you would fellowship with other members and friends after worship,
please contact others today to encourage them with what you have
received and to check on their status, praying for them, and if aid is
needed please contact an elder and/or a deacon.
Please be aware that if the authorities give us permission that is safe to gather, we’ll meet at 2310 Nursery Road next Lord’s Day, April 5 for our Palm Sunday service, to be followed by our Good Friday Service April 10 and our Easter Service April 12. If it is not declared to be safe, we’ll do the same next week as we have today. We’ll take it week by week. Please watch for the Pastor’s Chat for updates and communication. Watch the latest Chat from Wednesday, March 25