Preparation for Worship for Sunday, September 6, 2015

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This coming Lord’s Day we gather around our Lord’s Table and remember his death for our sins. The Scripture calls us to thank God in worship for what Christ has done: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” Jesus is this inexpressible gift. When we eat the bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the glory of this gift until he comes. Jesus our Lord is worthy of all worship and praise for his dying love to us. What a joyful thing it is to share in this Savior as we gather together this coming Lord’s Day!

In the prayer service, we return again to Jesus’ instruction for prayer in Luke 11. The hymn we’re learning this month is a portion of Psalm 145 found as “The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait,” number 189 in Cantus Christi. 

In the worship service this Sunday, the sermon will conclude the message I began last week concerning that fact that true Christian love believes all things and hopes all things. As I said then, our love as Christians is distinctly religious in its character. Our love is a love that adores God, believing him to be all that he has revealed concerning himself and hopes in all that he has promised. When we believe and hope in God, it is loving to other believers, for it strengthens or edifies their own faith and hope. Meanwhile, having this firm belief and hope in God, we look at our brothers and sisters in Christ accordingly. That is, we behold them in the light that God loves them and will accomplish all that he has purposed for their own salvation in Christ, in accordance with his promises for them, just as he will in his promises to us. This is how love believes all things and hopes all things. What we’ll see this Lord’s Day is how our Savior did this in his sacrificial death and how we can live out such live on a daily basis. Fittingly, as I said above, we will also remember our Savior’s love around the Lord’s Table. This is the worship service order:

Call to Worship: 2 Corinthians 9:15

Hymn 338 [Red] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Congregational Reading: Psalm 140:6-8, 11-13

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 27 & 2 Corinthians 2

Hymn 264 [Red] O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus 

Sermon: Faith, Hope, and Love, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 13:7

Hymn 360 [Red] Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel We just learned this paraphrase of Romans 8:31-39, and as I was preparing the service for this Sunday, I could not but pick it for our service. We are speaking of love’s faith and hope in the sermon. This hymn captures these ideas in its very first line! “Let Christian faith and hope dispel the fears of guilt and woe; the Lord Almighty is our friend, and who can prove a foe?” The belief and hope we have in Jesus Christ is the foundation of our love for him. This love gives a freeing power to our worship and Christian vitality, for we know that God is for us. If God is for us, who can be against us? Thus the hymn anticipates the enduring quality of love also spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13:7, that it bears all things and endures all things, when in the last verse we sing: “He loved us from the first of time, He loves us to the last.” Praise God for such an enduring love in our Triune God. 

The Lord’s Table

Hymn 359 [Red] Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Prayer

Benediction

After the fellowship dinner, we have a business meeting planned.

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