Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, September 25, 2016

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“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” The answer to our first catechism is so simple, and yet there could not be any more blunt contrast against the prevailing secularizing culture and the powers of this age: the world, the flesh, and the devil. Yet the Bible announces this great end of mankind from cover to cover. God’s inspired Word reverently and boldly proclaims to men that this world is not about them and their loves and desires, but all that is from God and for God. This is the theme we see in the Scripture call to worship for this Lord’s Day from Psalm 115:1: Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. When we gather for worship as a church of Jesus Christ, this will explicitly do. It can be difficult to live explicitly and deliberately for God’s glory in the course of our busy, day to day lives. We can be so distracted from our chief end. But our weekly corporate worship provides us a Christ-ordained means to glorify God with direct and attentive praise and love.

This Lord’s Day, the sermon will return to the book of 1 Corinthians and review the key themes from the book from a “big picture” perspective. We will look again at the consistent thread that runs through the Corinthians’ problems—inordinate love—, and the consistent remedy Paul calls them to again and again: to glorify God and Christ. What is it that we live for? What is our great love and joy? May our hearts be united to fear the name of the Lord. May we say with the Psalmist, Not unto us, but to your name give glory!

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 115:1

Hymn [Insert] Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Congregational Reading: Isaiah 29:13-19

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb This hymn by Isaac Watts (music by Thomas Jarman) ascribes glory and honor to Jesus Christ with the words of Revelation 5. At the same time, it reminds us of Paul’s ascription of our Lord Jesus in 1 Cor 2:8: Jesus Christ who was crucified is the “Lord of glory.” We have so many reasons to glory in Jesus Christ. We have received so much grace from him, and have so great a ground to sing praises to him. Some of the most important of those reasons are given by Watts here. Consider verse 3: Thou hast redeemed us with Thy blood, and Set the pris’ners free; Thou mad’st us kings and priests to God, and we shall reign with Thee. May we always be a people who love Jesus Christ, a people who “behold the glories of the Lamb.”

Ministry of Music: What God Ordains is Always Good

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Psalm 10 & Jude

Hymn 300 [Red] Fairest Lord Jesus

Sermon: The Church at Corinth & the Glory of God from 1 Corinthians

Hymn 141 [Blue] Look, Ye Saints! the Sight is Glorious

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, we will have a Quodlibet. Bring whatever questions you may have and I will do my best to answer them.