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Worship 10:30AM

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COVID- 19 & The Resurrection

April 19, 2020 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Romans

Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 8:31–8:39


Order of Worship


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Fifth Pre-recorded Service


Welcome & Announcements


Hearing from the Savior


Call to Worship                                                                                                                    Psalm 116:5-9

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.

The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.


For you have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.


Responding to the Savior


Prayer of Invocation


Song of Praise                                                                                                      O the Wonderful Cross

Chorus:        O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

bids me come and die and find that I may truly live.

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

all who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name.


When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.


See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down;

did ever such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown.



Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small.

Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.



Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.


Song of Confession                                                                                          From the Depths of Woe

From depths of woe I raise to Thee the voice of lamentation;

Lord, turn a gracious ear to me and hear my supplication:

If Thou iniquities does mark, our secret sins and misdeeds dark,

O who shall stand before Thee?  (O who shall stand before Thee?)

O who shall stand before Thee?  (Who shall stand before Thee?)


To wash away the crimson stain, grace, grace alone availeth;

Our works, alas! are all in vain; in much the best life faileth:

No man can glory in Thy sight, all must alike confess Thy might,


and live alone by mercy.  (and live alone by mercy.)

and live alone by mercy.  (live alone by mercy.)


Therefore, my trust is in the Lord, and not in mine own merit;

On Him my soul shall rest, His Word upholds my fainting spirit:

His promised mercy is my fort, my comfort, and my sweet support;

I wait for it with patience.  (I wait for it with patience.)

I wait for it with patience.  (wait for it with patience.)


What though I wait the livelong night, and till the dawn appeareth,

my heart still trusteth in His might; it doubteth not nor feareth:

do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed, ye of the Spirit born indeed:

And wait till God appeareth.  (And wait till God appeareth.)

And wait till God appeareth.  (wait till God appeareth.)


Though great our sins and sore our woes, His grace much more aboundeth;

His helping love no limit knows, our utmost need it soundeth.

Our Shepherd good and true is he, Who will at last His Israel free

From all their sin and sorrow.  (From all their sin and sorrow.)

From all their sin and sorrow.  (all their sin and sorrow.)


Hearing from the Savior


Assurance of Pardon                                                                                                      Romans 5:6-8

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Responding to the Savior


Song of Rejoicing                                                                         How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure

that He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss.

The father turns his face away

as wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.


Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders.

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished;

His dying breath has brought me life.

I know that it is finished.


I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom.

But I will boast in Jesus Christ: His death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from His reward?  I cannot give an answer.

But this I know with all my heart;

His wounds have paid my ransom.




Prayers of the Church


Moment of Quiet Contemplation and Worship Through Tithes and Offerings

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Prayer of Thanksgiving


Affirmation of Faith

Leader:        How did Christ serve as our Mediator?


All:                 In this office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake...he was made under the law, and did perfectly fulfill it; endured most grievous torments immediately in his soul, and most painful sufferings in his body; was crucified and died; was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption. On the third day he arose from the dead, with the same body in which he suffered; with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father, making intercession; and shall return to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.


Hearing from the Savior


Hearing from the Savior


Sermon                                                                                                                          Rev. Paul L. Sanders

     Romans 8:31-39   ·   “COVID-19 and the Resurrection”

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”


No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Responding to the Savior


Song of Response                                                                             O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless free!

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me.

Underneath me, all around me, is the current of His love;

Leading onward, leading homeward to Your glorious rest above.


Chorus:        O, the deep, deep love, all I need and trust is the deep, deep love of Jesus.



O, the deep, deep love of Jesus!

Spread His praise from shore to shore;

How He came to pay our ransom through the saving cross He bore;

How He watches o’er His loved ones, those He died to make His own.

How for them He’s interceding, pleading now before the throne.



O the deep, deep love of Jesus, far surpassing all the rest,

It’s an ocean full of blessing in the midst of every test.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, mighty Saviour, precious friend,

You will bring us home to glory, where Your love will never end.




Hearing from the Savior


Benediction                                                                                                                    Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.      

Sermon Questions for Families & Community Groups

Gospel of God # 30 / Romans 8:31-39  “COVID-19 and the Resurrection”


  1. What was your top takeaway from today’s sermon?


  1. With the terrible pains in life that we face, how does this text bring us hope, peace, and comfort?


  1. How does Christ’s resurrection inform the love of God for us?


  1. What questions do you have about Jesus, His death and His resurrection?


  1. Pray for the truth of the resurrection to form our worldview when it comes to suffering and death and the miseries of this life.


  1. How do you need the truth of nothing separating you from God’s love? What comfort is that to you this day?


7.     How is our life impacted as we embrace the impossibility of being separated from the

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