Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, January 22, 2017

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The Scripture call to worship for our services this coming Lord’s Day is a bit unusual. I usually try to choose second or third person imperatives from Scripture that command the worship of the Living God. (A second person imperative is a command to an understood “you,” as in “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness!” A third person imperative still commands, but reads in English like a call and includes the speaker, as in “O come, let us adore him.”) The passage I have chosen for this Lord’s Day, however, states a fact, but the fact stated is very much a “call to worship.” In 2 Cor 6:16, Paul writes, What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’ And yes, these verses do call us to worship, for if we are indeed the temple and dwelling place of God, and if the true God is our God, and if we are his people, then we should be worshippers. No other lesser response is fathomable. If we are God’s temple, we should be a house of worship, every time we gather.

In the prayer service, we will return again to prayer in the book of Acts. We will begin the service reviewing the hymn, “How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine” (Red 306).

In the sermon this Sunday, I return to Exodus 3 and God’s revelation of himself to Moses. When God spoke to Moses, Moses listened. And isn’t this the appropriate response of one who is face to face with their Creator? Who in their right mind (especially if he’s a child of God) would not listen to God as he graciously reveals himself to him? As we gather this Lord’s Day, we too are in God’s holy presence (note 2 Cor 6:16 and the call to worship mentioned above). Though your servant is in no way comparable to the divine voice speaking from the burning bush, there is still a sense in which you should come to worship with your heart prepared to hear from your Lord and God through the message of God’s Word.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: 2 Corinthians 6:16

Hymn 28 [Blue] Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Congregational Reading: Psalm 51:7-12

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 258 [Red] How Sweet and Awful Is the Place When we are dealing with the realities of God’s self-revelation and his holy presence in our church, we should remember that such realities are gracious gifts from God. I love how this hymn by Isaac Watts captures this. Verse 3 is among the many stanzas in this hymn that seem to flow out of some of the doctrines found in Exodus 3: Why was I made to hear Thy voice, and enter while there’s room, when thousands make a wretched choice, and rather starve than come! When God revealed himself to Moses, he acted in grace. When he revealed himself to us, he did so in grace. We do not deserve to hear God speaking to us, much less to have the ears of our hearts opened to receive the truth. In light of this, praise God for his marvelous grace!

Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Daniel 11:40-12:13 & Colossians 3:1-17

Hymn 343 [Red] Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word

Sermon: Holy Ground, Part 2 from Exodus 3:1-6

Hymn 236 [Blue] Amazing Grace

Prayer

Benediction

 

This Sunday, during the Sunday School hour, we will have our Annual Business Meeting.