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Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:30 AM
Marshall High School Auditorium
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
Today is our first of four joint services—our Tysons and Arlington services combined. Welcome, especially to those of you who normally are part of worship in our Arlington service!
Psalm 8 is our call to worship today, as well as our thematic spine as we praise the King of the world. Psalm 8 is a prayer of humble, jubilant celebration of God’s creation of the world. It also celebrates the dignity God has given to human beings, especially the ideal human being, who, according to Hebrews 2:6-9, is Jesus.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars [by the way, was this a prayer to sing during the night?], which you have put in place, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you care for him?” (8:3-4). How can it be that the king and creator of the world cares for us? This is a humble prayer. We might imagine the speakers (including ourselves) praying this facedown and still.
But the rest of the Psalm is jubilant. Actually, the only ones who are silent and still in the song are the enemies of God, who are stilled and silenced by the praises of God that come out of our mouths, even our small children’s mouths. “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise [or established strength] because of your foes, to still the enemy and avenger” (8:2). So we are invited and urged by God in this Psalm to sing, jubilantly and humbly, “O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name!” Yes!
Order of Worship
Call to Worship
Gathering Songs and Prayers
“Majestic” (L. Brewster © 2005 Integrity’s Praise! Music) (CCLI License 2435897)
“Not to Us” (C. Tomlin, J. Reeves © 2001 sixsteps Music)
“Every Move I Make” (D. Ruis © 1996 Mercy/Vineyard)
“How Great Thou Art” (C. Boberg, transl. S. Hine, 1949)
Luke 11:1-13; “Prayer to a Friend and a Father”
Prayers of the People
Corporate Confession of Sin and Word of Grace
“Good Good Father” (A. Brown, P. Barrett © 2014 Housefires Sounds)