Welcome to our Online Worship Service

Due to precautions surrounding COVID-19, our Sunday worship service will be online only.
You can livestream the service at 10:30am CDT or watch the recording anytime.
Here is a short guide called How to Worship Online that can help you with logistics.

Worshiping the God of Grace

May 31, 2020 – 10:30 AM

Preparation for Worship

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
(Arr. by Stephen Nielson)
 
(Please take this time to quietly meditate on the following Scripture passage as you prepare your heart to worship the Lord.)
 
If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Philippians 3:4b-7 (ESV)

Welcome to Online Worship at Spring Hills!

If you are new to Spring Hills, we’re glad that you’re worshiping online with us.
We would love to get to know you more and follow up with you.
Please take a few moments to fill out our online guest card.
 

Call to Worship

Psalm 9:1-2, 7-10 (ESV)

(As God’s Word calls us to worship, let’s shout these words to one another recognizing that our worship is a response to God’s gracious call.)
 
Leader:
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
 
People:
I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
 
Leader:
But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,
 
People:
and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
 
Leader:
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
 
ALL:
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Hymn of Praise #4

All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

(By Johann J. Schutz, 1675; Tr. by Frances E. Cox, 1864)
 
All praise to God, who reigns above,
the God of all creation,
the God of wonders, pow’r, and love,
the God of our salvation!
With healing balm my soul he fills,
the God who every sorrow stills.
To God all praise and glory!
 
What God’s almighty pow’r hath made
his gracious mercy keepeth;
by morning dawn or evening shade
his watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
within the kingdom of his might,
lo, all is just and all is right.
To God all praise and glory!
 
I cried to him in time of need:
Lord God, O hear my calling!
For death he gave me life indeed
and kept my feet from falling.
For this my thanks shall endless be;
O thank him, thank our God with me.
To God all praise and glory!
 
The Lord forsaketh not his flock,
his chosen generation;
he is their refuge and their rock,
their peace and their salvation.
As with the mother’s tender hand
he leads his own, his chosen band.
To God all praise and glory!
 
Then come before his presence now
and banish fear and sadness;
to your Redeemer pay your vow
and sing with joy and gladness:
Though great distress my soul befell,
the Lord, my God, did all things well.
To God all praise and glory!

Prayer of Adoration and The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!

Worship in Song

How Great Is Our God

(By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves; CCLI #4348399)
 
The splendor of the King
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice
 
He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
And trembles at His voice
 
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
And all will see how great
How great is our God.
 
And age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
 
The Godhead three in one,
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb
 
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
And all will see how great
How great is our God.
 
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God.
 
Then sings my soul
My savior God, to thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
 
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
And all will see how great
How great is our God.

Worship in Song

Lead Us Back

(By Bobby Gilles, Brooks Ritter ; CCLI #4878333)
 
Falling down upon our knees,
sharing now in common shame,
we have sought security,
not the cross that bears your name.
 
Fences guard our hearts and homes.
Comfort sings a siren tune,
we’re a valley of dry bones;
lead us back to life in you.
 
Lord we fall upon our knees,
we have shunned the weak and poor,
worshiped beauty courted kings
and the thing their gold affords.
 
Prayed for those we’d like to know –
favor sings a siren tune.
We’ve become a talent show;
lead us back to life in you.
 
You have caused the blind to see,
we have blinded them again
with our man made laws and creeds,
eager ready to condemn.
 
Now we plead before your throne –
power sings a siren tune.
We’ve been throwing heavy stones;
lead us back to life in you.
 
We’re a valley of dry bones;
lead us back to life in you.
We’ve become a talent show;
lead us back to life in you.
We’ve been throwing heavy stones;
lead us back to life in you.

Prayer of Confession

(After the public confession below, you are encouraged to confess your sins silently to God.)
 
God of everlasting love, we confess that we have been unfaithful to our covenant with you and with one another. We have worshiped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience. We have served our own self-interest instead of serving only you and your people. We have not loved our neighbor as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves. Forgive us, gracious God, and bring us back into the fullness of our covenant with you and one another. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 
We encourage you now to confess your sins silently to God.

Comfort and Assurance of the Gospel

Romans 8:31-34 (ESV)

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.

Greeting of Peace

Jude 1:2 (ESV)

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Congregational Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)

[Pray] at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
 

Worshiping the Lord with His Tithes and Our Offerings

(The offering is a vital part of our response to God and God’s Word. It helps us connect our adoration for God with our life of discipleship.)
 
Beware lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (ESV)
 

Offertory

Face to Face
(By Jonathan Smith and Zach Williams; CCLI #7138074)
 
Oh I’m a traveler far from home
I get lost but I press on
‘Cause there’s a mansion and streets of gold
Where I belong
 
Yes there’s a day coming soon
Where the old will be made new
And Heaven’s glory shines like the morning
Before our eyes
 
When we all see Jesus
When we all see Jesus
No more sickness
No more madness
No more pain
When we all see Jesus
Face to face
 
Then we will sing with the angel voices
There will be a great rejoicing
Holy holy worthy worthy
Is the lamb
 
When we all see Jesus
Yes when we all see Jesus
No more sickness
No more madness
No more pain
When we all see Jesus
Face to face yeah
When we all see Jesus
Face to face

Scripture Reading

Acts 22:30-23:11 (ESV)

30 But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them.

1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” 4 Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” 5 And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”

6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” 7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?” 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.
 
11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”

Sermon

Brothers, I Am a Pharisee

Rev. David Stain
Pastor, Spring Hills Presbyterian Church

Closing Hymn #580

Lead On, O King Eternal

(By Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888)
 
Lead on, O King eternal,
the day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest
thy tents shall be our home:
through days of preparation
thy grace has made us strong,
and now, O King eternal,
we lift our battle song.
 
Lead on, O King eternal,
till sin’s fierce war shall cease,
and holiness shall whisper
the sweet amen of peace;
for not with swords loud clashing,
nor roll of stirring drums,
but deeds of love and mercy,
the heav’nly kingdom comes.
 
Lead on, O King eternal,
we follow, not with fears;
for gladness breaks like morning
where’er thy face appears;
thy cross is lifted o’er us;
we journey in its light:
the crown awaits the conquest,
lead on, O God of might.

Benediction

Postlude

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
(Arr. by Crystal Davis Clay)

Thank You for Worshiping Online at Spring Hills!

If you are new to Spring Hills, we’re glad that you’re worshiping online with us.
We would love to get to know you more and follow up with you.
Please take a few moments to fill out our online guest card.
 
 Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #2522243