Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, November 19, 2017

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IMG_20170824_140756I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Consider those words, taken from Psa 146:1-2, our call to worship for this Lord’s Day. To “sing to the Lord,” in all that this text represents, means a sincere delight in the heart coming forth in an outward expression of art and beauty, all directed to the true God. But the Psalmist is not only determined to sing to his God—a God he owns as his own (my God)—but to do it perpetually and forever, “while I have my being.” This Lord’s Day morning, as we consider the song of Moses and Israel to Yahweh on the eastern banks of the Red Sea, let this verse be our resolved purpose by God’s grace, that we not only sing to him once or twice in our lives, but that we continue to sing to God, with hearts of love and faith and adoration, as long as we live. That we live our lives God-ward in our devotion to our Redeemer.

In the prayer service, we will look at a passage from Psa 119. We’ll sing Psa 6 (Red 8) as we begin our day together.

The sermon this Sunday looks at the song of Moses at the Red Sea. The message is simple and plain, that if the Lord has redeemed us by his grace, how much more should we too be people who sing to him with praise? The passage calls us to joyful faith in and love to Jesus Christ. It calls us to value congregational song, and to take it up as an appropriate response to the saving grace of Christ (Col 3:16; Eph 5:19). The people of God sing. How can we not? We have a great and mighty God, a glorious salvation, and wonderful hope. So let us sing!

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 146:1-2

Hymn [Insert] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Congregational Reading: Psalm 47

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 256 [Red] A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth When the theme of the sermon is singing, it’s not difficult to find hymns that complement the sermon. But I want you to understand why I selected this hymn. First, it’s a wonderful articulation of the theology of Christ’s atonement and grace. For our purposes this Sunday, however, I’m most interested in the fourth stanza: From morn till eve my theme shall be Thy mercy’s wondrous measure; to sacrifice myself for Thee shall be my aim and pleasure. My stream of life shall ever be a current flowing ceaselessly, Thy constant praise outpouring. I’ll treasure in my memory, O Lord, all Thou hast done for me, Thy gracious love adoring. This is the spirit of Exodus 15. May we never forget what God has done, and ever sing to him. Lift up your voice, dear Christian, and sing to your Savior!

Hymn 324 [Red] Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Exodus 28:15-30 & John 18:1-18

Hymn 51 [Blue] Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him

Sermon: Sing to the LORD! from Exodus 15:1-21

Hymn 311 [Red] Jesus Shall Reign

Prayer

Benediction

 

In Sunday School, I will be giving a report on and some observations from my trip to Brazil.

 

 

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