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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
Mark 3:11

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:38

And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
Mark 9:7

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Mark 14:61b-62

And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39

“Mark, being the interpreter of Peter, whatsoever he remembered he wrote accurately, but not however in the order that these things were spoken or done by our Lord. For he neither heard the Lord, nor followed him, but afterwards, as I said, he was with Peter, who did not make a complete [or ordered] account of the Lord’s logia, but constructed his teachings according to chreiai [concise self-contained teachings]. So Mark did nothing wrong in writing down single matters as he remembered them, for he gave special attention to one thing, of not passing by anything he heard, and not falsifying anything in these matters.”
– Papias of Hierapolis, direct disciple of John the Apostle, writing c. AD 120

“I do not, as Peter and Paul, issue commandments to you. They were apostles; I am just a man.”
– Ignatius of Antioch

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
― Martin Luther

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

“Turn to me and be saved,
    all the ends of the earth!
    For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn;
    from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
    a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow,
    every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

Isaiah 45:22-23 

 

SONG

Grace Alone

[Verse 1]
I was an orphan lost at the Fall
Running away when I’d hear Your call
Father, You worked Your will

I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near Your throne
Father, You loved me still

And in love before You laid
the world’s foundation
You predestined to adopt me
as Your own

You have raised me up so high
above my station
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone

[Verse 2]
You left Your home to seek out the lost
You knew the great and terrible cost
Jesus, Your face was set

I worked my fingers down to the bone
Nothing I did could ever atone
Jesus, You paid my debt

By Your blood, I have redemption
and salvation
Lord, You died that I might reap
what You have sown

And You rose that I might be
a new creation
I am born again by grace and grace alone

[Verse 3]
I was in darkness all of my life
I never knew the day from the night
Spirit, You made me see

I swore I knew the way on my own
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone
Spirit, You moved in me

At your touch my sleeping spirit
was awakened
On my darkened heart
the light of Christ has shone

Called into a kingdom
that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone

So I’ll stand in faith by grace and grace alone
I will run the race by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone
I will reach the end by grace and grace alone

 

 

SONG

King of Kings

[Verse 1]
In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope, without light
‘Til from heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes

To fulfill the law and prophets
To a virgin came the word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt

[Chorus]
Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

[Verse 2]
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross

For even in your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake you died

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death

And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored

And the Church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel, shall not faint

By His blood and in His name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me

[Chorus]

SONG

I Exalt Thee

[Chorus]
I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, Oh Lord

[Verse]
F or Thou, O Lord, art high
Above all the Earth
Thou art exalted
Far above all gods

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Revelation 1:12-18

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.


SONG

Softly and Tenderly

[Verse 1]
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me

[Chorus]
Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling, O sinner, come home

[Verse 2]
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading
Pleading for you and for me
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies
Mercies for you and for me

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
O for the wonderful love he has promised
Promised for you and for me
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon
Pardon for you and for me

[Chorus]

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer Nights – Check our mobile app for our “Summer Nights” schedule – starting on Sunday, May 21st. Tap on the big graphic button, “Upcoming Events – See You Soon.” You can sort by category and choose “Summer Nights” to see the list. The app will be our one source for the latest information, as you’ll see that some details are still in development. Through it all, we want to create more opportunities to be together, especially with many of us traveling during the summer. We hope you can join us for these events when you are in town.

Bible Book Study: Daniel (Part II) in Hermosa. Fridays, 5/19, 6/2, and 6/16. 7:30pm-9pm. Led by Chris Lau. (Limit 15). At each session, we come prepared to share one observation, one question, and one application, which has led to some fruitful discussions. REGISTER here.

Bible Book Study: Women’s Accountability. Women attending Chris Lau’s Friday Bible Book Studies are invited to gather on the alternating weeks for accountability and prayer. Based on reflections from the prior week’s study. The next round will begin on Thursday, May 25th, 6:30pm-9pm in Torrance. Schedule to be discussed among participants. (Limit 10) REGISTER here.


OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.


SERMON

“Encountering Jesus: Who Is This?”

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

SONG

Draw Me Nearer

[Verse 1]
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice
And it told Thy love to me
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee

[Chorus]
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord
To Thy precious, bleeding side

[Verse 2]
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord
By the power of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope
And my will be lost in Thine

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
There are depths of love that I cannot know
‘Til I cross the narrow sea
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
‘Til I rest in peace with Thee

[Chorus]

 

 

 

BENEDICTION

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:5b-6