Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, May 28, 2017

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img_20161105_104402.jpgThis Lord’s Day we will be privileged to have with us Aaron and Emily Thompson, missionary appointees to Japan. Naturally, the importance of missions and evangelism will be part of the emphasis in our assembly this Lord’s Day. For this reason, it is very fitting that Psalm 67:1-3 serves as our call to worship. Verse 3: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The praise of God was not to be restricted to Israel alone. No, it was God’s will that the whole earth recognize that Israel’s God alone is the true God. He desires the worship of every living thing. Our God is over all. This purpose of God was realized more fully when Jesus Christ came. He established his church to be one body that reconciled together both Jews and Gentiles as one holy temple to God through Jesus Christ (Eph 2). Christ also gave to us our commission, that we were to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, bringing them all under the lordship of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19-20). Psalm 67 shows us that this was God’s plan all along, to bring the nations to praise him.

In the prayer service, we’ll review the hymn we’ve been learning this month, “Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated.” For the lesson, I will return to Psalm 119.

Aaron Thompson’s sermon this Sunday will look at one of the great Pauline passages on Christ’s atonement, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. The text also has to do with our ambassadorship for Christ in a world lost in sin. Paul calls us not only ambassadors for Christ, but “ministers of reconciliation.” The text not only proclaims the great work of our Savior, but teaches us that, from the great love we have received from Christ, we are in turn to love others and bring them to God who loves them through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 67:1-3

Hymn 305 [Red] Holy, Holy, Holy

Congregational Reading: Psalm 67:4-7

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn [Insert] Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King This is a great “missionary hymn.” Yes, it teaches the truth that all creation praises its God, something we can attest to whenever we look around us at the beauties God has made. But we men are called to praise him too: And all ye men of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part, O sing ye, alleluia! Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on him cast your care: O praise him! If the unintelligent creatures are expected to praise the true God, then we are as well. This, we confess, is only possible these men are reconciled to their God through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is, the divine agenda of this hymn is only possible through evangelism and missions.

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:21-42 & John 7:1-24

Hymn 110 [Blue] Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?

Sermon: The Ministry of Reconciliation from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

Hymn 333 [Blue] May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

Prayer

Benediction

 

In the Sunday School hour, Aaron Thompson will be presenting he and his wife’s planned ministry to the people of Japan.