SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY
June 06 2021
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Let me remind you quickly of our protocols for everyone’s safety.
· Attendance was taken by Ushers as you entered.
· Offerings may be placed in the plate by the doors.
· Please write your prayer request on the Yellow cards. An usher will pick them up during the 1st hymn.
· Please join us after service for fellowship in Calvin Hall
· Dr Dyke is starting a Bible study on Wednesday June 2rd at 3pm sign-up sheet outside Pastor Study
The office and the rest of the building remain closed, but you can contact Karla during her office hours.
June 6th Installation of Elders and Deacons
June 9th Bible Study
June 13th Session Meeting
June 17th Pulse Articles due
June 20th Father’s Day
Family of Rose, Family of Chuck Thornton, Gary Iverson, all who are seeking Jesus, Bob Bock, Joan Boyd, Jack Braden, Wanda Hirl, Marilyn Neymeyer, Joan Pinkston, Maxine Wagner, Valerie Jerez, a person seeking a job, Annette Conzett, Jim Roling and family, Sara Feilmeier, Jackie with difficult pregnancy, Lois Seger, Jo Lefleur, Dr Dyke, Clayton Mallory, Jane with upcoming knee surgery, Deb Weller death of father in-law and upcoming surgery, and people of India.
WORDS OF WORSHIP
LEADER: Lord of heaven and earth, we praise Your glorious majesty!
Response: Your wisdom is seen in all Your manifold works.
L: Your grace and truth are revealed in Jesus Christ.
R: God’s power and presence are seen in us through the Holy Spirit.
L: We adore Your holy name, o blessed Trinity.
R: You are our help and redeemer now and forevermore.
GATHERING PRAYER (Unison)
We turn the page on another month, o Master. We prepare to receive the forgiveness of our sins through the Holy Sacrament of Communion together. Come to us through the answers to our most fervent prayers, the hearing of the words of the Holy Bible and our heartfelt confessions of sin. Strengthen us for the challenges we will face in the days to come. In Jesus’ precious and eternal name. Amen.
*Hymn Let All Mortal Flesh No. 5
CONFESSION AND PARDON (Unison)
O most merciful God, Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who grants pardon to all who truly repent of their sin and turn toward You, we humbly confess our sins and implore Your mercy. We have not loved You fervently with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves in the way You commanded. We have not done justly, nor loved mercy, nor walked humbly at Your side. Have mercy upon us, o Savior. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Almighty God, who doth freely pardon all who repent and turn toward Thee, now fulfill in every contrite heart the promise of redeeming grace. We thank you for remitting our sins and cleansing us from an evil conscience through the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
INSTALLATION OF ELDERS AND DEACONS
THE OFFERING AND OFFERTORY
Father in heaven, you have told us that we shall reap what we sow. This is true not only for our character, but our conduct. We trust You today with our tithes and offerings, knowing that You will use them for Your kingdom and continue in Your provision for us who believe. Amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
We approach the Holy Bible as the word of God, the inerrant truth of heaven, and the message of grace through the cross of Calvary. All of our hope comes from the refreshing message that, despite our shortcomings, You love us with an everlasting love. Teach us today what we need to understand for the living of the days to come. Amen.
Genesis 9: 8-17
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Luke 22: 14-20
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Hebrews 8: 8-13
8 But God found fault with the people and said [a]: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord, ‘because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”13 calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
Hello again! This is the morning worship service of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, Iowa. Today is a special Sunday, because we will install our Elders and Deacons to their offices, as well as receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You are invited to join us at the table at the end of the service to use your own bread, roll, or cracker and whatever juice or wine you may have at home. The Lord will bless the elements by the loving intent of the participant.
I am Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra, interim minister at this parish for 2 and ½ months so far. I have pastored a total of 10 churches of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and now Iowa for the past 48 years. Indeed, next month it will become 49 years on July 2nd. It is my joy to serve the Lord and His church!
Have you ever made a promise? Of course you have! Probably very many of them. Have you kept EVERY ONE of them? Probably not—even with your best effort.
Many of them are in the category of “casual” promises, where we indicate a desire or intention; but without the commitment to abide by what we have said. We don’t mean to cause any trouble for anyone; but sometimes these can lead to hurt feelings or a lack of trust in our friends or acquaintances. I remember waiting for a friend for TWO HOURS because of a promise to meet together at a certain place and time!!
OK, I get it----some promises are WAY more important than others, even though ALL promises indicate a commitment on our part. How many of you have ever had to sign a contract? Buy a car? Or a house? Even a dish washer or stove?? SURE! We have all done this by this time in our lives. A contract IS a promise, but one that is two-way.
“I will give you this or do this for you if you will pay me so much money.” Right? And we are all “good people” –we do our level best to KEEP our promises that are in this form. As a matter of fact, there are punishments if we fail to keep a contract! That car can be repossessed! Heavens! The house can be foreclosed on! Those penalties are enforced to make sure that most folks would never THINK of breaking these promises.
What about other kinds of promises? I had to take one with my first wife, Cheryl, when we adopted our children. That was a contract or agreement for the placement of another little human life in our care between the two of us and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! And if we didn’t follow through with good care for the kids in the eye of the social workers on their inspections—they could withdraw them from our home by a heart-rending court procedure.
Speaking of wives –and husbands too—did any of you make a very HIGH PROMISE called a VOW TO THEIR MATE? “To love, honor, and cherish one another”? NOTE---the Presbyterian Church (USA) has not asked women to “obey” for literally centuries!! This higher level of commitment in a promise at the “vow” level has more severe punishments for breaking them. Separation and even divorce cause the rupture of a God-blessed relationship.
Nor is that the only Vow that people take. We just celebrated Memorial Day where we honored all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom. That service started with a vow to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and the penalties for breaking this promise include a visit from the MP’s and severe jail time!
Do you realize that you have taken vows to God, too? When the George’s just joined our church by their confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that was a VOW to God Almighty. And nearly all of us have taken them. Now God does not send you to jail for unfaithfulness, friends. His punishment is far worse than jail---and is eternal!!
Do you realize that there are promises FROM GOD as well? These are the very highest form of promises and are called COVENANTS. Essentially a covenant is a guarantee between two parties. More formal—and much more important than just a contract; they have the potential to enrich both parties ---or to destroy them.
God introduced the relationship of covenant to man with what we call the Adamic Covenant. Note that God offered it to Adam and Eve. God promised that every tree of the garden would be good for food to keep them strong and healthy EXCEPT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And, yes, there was a penalty for breaking this covenant. God told them that they risked DYING!
Now the snake was the master of the half-truth. He still is! He told Eve that God did not mean what He said. No, they would not die. She chose to believe it. And Satan was right!!! They did not “drop dead.”; but they became mortal, and would eventually die. We had no mention of them dying before the broken covenants—God wanted to walk in the garden with them forever!
The second covenant was the Noahic Covenant. “I will never again cut off all flesh with a flood.” This introduced a new aspect to the meaning of a covenant. God promised without a penalty for the people’s sin. This introduced the God of MERCY.
There were other covenants in the Old Testament between God and His people. Kings – most notably David – made covenants for their nation. Israel, however, kept breaking their promise to be faithful to the one true God and to turn away from idols. The prophets kept warning them about failing to keep the covenant with God.
I jump to the New Testament now. Jesus is at the Last Supper that we are going to celebrate together today. It, too, was a covenant. He says that “this cup that is poured out which is the New Covenant in my blood” Jesus, himself, BECAME the covenant as the sacred pure lamb of sacrifice through the blood shed on the cross. There Jesus paid the penalty of sin for all of us with His Sacred Blood. God’s MERCY became personal in Jesus.
We cannot lead sinless lives, but through Jesus, we don’t need to! We DO need to do our best to live a life worthy of the calling to which we are summoned, but know that we can’t be perfect. Jesus paid with His death our broken covenant.
There is one more divine covenant. I took you to Hebrews 8. In it, it says “I will establish a NEW COVENANT. “I will be their God and they shall be my people.” He forgave our sins as He says, “I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more.”
Truly, through the goodness of God, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit within each of us, OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. All that we have ever done and ALL THAT WE EVER SHALL STILL DO are covered by the cross as the atonement for the broken covenant between you AND ME AND God. Amen.
HYMN Let Us Break Bread Together No. 513
AFFIRMATION Apostle’s Creed, Ecumenical Version
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
He is seated on the right hand of the Father,
And he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S SUPPER
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Holy God…we lift our hearts in joyful praise.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Hymnal #581
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.
We praise you…together, we proclaim the mystery of our faith.
Dying, you destroyed our death; rising, you restored our life. Hymnal #582
Gracious God… all glory and honor are yours,
Almighty God, now and forever. Amen.
*HYMN Jesus, Thou Joy No. 510
CHARGE & BLESSING
And now, may the grace, mercy, and peace which proceeds from God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son, and into the Holy Spirit within us, rest and abide within us, now and forever more.