Evening Worship

Evening Worship: May 24, 2020

Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

Call to Worship: Psalm 99:1-5

1 The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved! 2 The Lord is great in Zion, and He is high above all the peoples. 3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name — He is holy. 4 The King’s strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool — He is holy. 

*Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: RT 629 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

  1. What a Friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit,
    O what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer.

    2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged:
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!

    3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our Refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In his arms he’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 32

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! 

Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Reading: Mark 11:12-26

12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. 19 When evening had come, He went out of the city. 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” 

Sermon: Mark 11:22-26 The Lesson of the Fig Tree Continued

Theme: Jesus explains to His disciples the absolute necessity of faith and forgiveness in prayer.

  1. The absolute necessity of faith, vv. 22-24

Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11; Mark 9:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 6:9-13.

  1. The absolute necessity of forgiveness, vv. 25-26

Luke 15:11-24; 1 Peter 3:7.

Prayer of Application

*Closing Hymn: RT  634 Sweet Hour of Prayer

  1. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
    That calls me from a world of care,
    And bids me at my Father’s throne,
    Make all my wants and wishes known!
    In seasons of distress and grief,
    My soul has often found relief,
    And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

    2. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
    The joys I feel, the bliss I share
    Of those whose anxious spirits burn
    With strong desires for thy return!
    With such I hasten to the place
    Where God, my Savior, shows His face,
    And gladly take my station there,
    And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

  2. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
    Thy wings shall my petition bear
    To Him, whose truth and faithfulness
    Engage the waiting the soul to bless:
    And since He bids me seek His face,
    Believe His Word, and trust His grace,
    I’ll cast on Him my ev’ry care,
    And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer. 

Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21, 25

20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. . . 25 Grace be with you all. Amen. 

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