Two Gifts: An Order for Worship on the Lord’s Day – Sunday, April 5, 2020

David Stertz
April 5, 2020

Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the sermon though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the sermon. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord!

  • If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves.
  1. Read Psalm 81
  2. Sing together or mediate on the hymn “Like A River Glorious.” If you are able, print out the hymn pages for everyone with you! If you need help with the music you can find the tune played here.
  3. I am encouraging you thank God for the many ministries of the Holy Spirit. How glorious it is that He dwells in us! Here is a model prayer of praise to God the Spirit. It is adapted from the puritan prayer “Spiritus Sanctus” in the book “Valley of Vision.”

O Holy Spirit,

As the sun is full of light, the ocean full of water, and heaven full of glory, so may our hearts be full of You.

Empty are all divine purposes of love and the redemption accomplished by Jesus except You work within us. You regenerate us by Your power, give us eyes to Jesus, and show us the realities of the unseen world.

Give us Yourself without measure, as a free-flowing fountain and as an inexhaustible source of riches.

We sorrow in our coldness, poverty, emptiness, imperfect vision, paltry service, prayerless prayers, and praisless praises. Do not let us grieve You or resist You.

Come with all power to expel our every rebel lust, to reign supreme, and keep us to Yourself. Come as a Teacher to lead us into all truth and to fill us with all understanding. Come with all love that we may adore the Father, and love him with all that we have. Come with joy to live in me, move in me, and make me alive. Come as light to illuminate the Scripture and mould me into its commands. Come as sanctifier to make our bodies, souls, and spirits completely Yours. Come as a helper to give us strength to bless us, keep us, and to direct our every step. Come with beauty to bring order out of confusion and loveliness out of chaos.

Enlarge to me Your glory by enlarging Yourself in me. Make me exude Your sweet fragrance.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

4. Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:1-6

5. Sermon – Pastor David. You can find an audio version here. Or there is a video version here.

Let us conclude with the lyrics of a hymn of response to the sermon: “He Leadeth Me.”

He leadeth me: O blessed thought!

O words with heavenly comfort fraught!

Whate’er I do, where’er I be,

still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.


He leadeth me, he leadeth me;

by his own hand he leadeth me:

his faithful follower I would be,

for by his hand he leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,

sometimes where Eden’s flowers bloom,

by waters calm, o’er troubled sea,

still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me. 


Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,

nor ever murmur nor repine;

content, whatever lot I see,

since ’tis my God that leadeth me. 


And when my task on earth is done,

when, by thy grace, the victory’s won,

e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,

since God through Jordan leadeth me.