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SERVICE SUMMARY:

Mercy is a rare commodity in our day and age. We sometimes suppose that we live in a meritocracy, where everyone gets exactly what they deserve. On our best days, we prefer it this way and gloat in the places where our hard work has paid off. Perhaps we even look down at those who suffer and blame them for bad decisions. When we fail, however, we desire mercy—someone or something to cover for our mistakes. Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the Book of Jude.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 21, Hebrews 11:1–2; 13–16

21 But you, Beloved…Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God,
Whose Son Jesus Christ was tempted in every way, yet without sin,

We confess before you our own sinfulness;
We have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
We have compromised with evil;
We have doubted your power to protect us.
Forgive our lack of faith;
Have mercy on our weakness.

Silent Confession 

Restore in us such trust and love
That we may walk in your ways and delight in doing your will.
We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

SONG OF PREPARATION

Verse 1

To Thee I come a sinner poor
And wait for mercy at Thy door
Indeed I’ve nowhere else to flee
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 1

To Thee I come a sinner weak
And scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free
O God be merciful to me

Verse 2

To Thee I come a sinner vile
Upon me Lord vouchsafe to smile
Mercy through blood I make my plea
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 2

To Thee I come a sinner great
And well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee
O God be merciful to me

Verse 3

To Thee I come a sinner lost
Nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art Lord I would be
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 3

To glory bring me Lord at last
And there when all my fears are past
With all Thy saints then I’ll agree
God was merciful to me