Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, March 20, 2020

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Does anyone else feel like the world has lost its head of late? What the world needs right now—indeed, what we need right now—is a good healthy spoonful of spiritual tonic. We need to hear God’s truth, now more than ever. We need to hear passages like Psalm 91:1-2: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” In our God there is safety and shelter. He is our Rock. This is not only true, we should confess it openly back to God. We ought to call him, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Please remember that there will be no prayer service, fellowship meal, or Sunday School this week.

The sermon this Sunday continues to look at the way those who are risen with Christ live. In the opening of this paragraph, Paul emphasized the mortification of all sexual sin. Now, as we continue, Paul commands us to put all iniquity away. Then he gives examples of further sins we must “put off.” His list focuses on sins of the spirit and the tongue. While Paul does not mean to be comprehensive, he nevertheless puts his finger on significant remaining sins that cling even to Christians. The sins he names are particularly deadly for destroying the vitality of Christian fellowship in the body.

 

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 91:1-2

Hymn 3 [Gray] Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Congregational Reading: Psalm 26:1-7

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 302 [Red] Great God of Wonders!

Hymn 115 [Red] God the LORD is Known in Judah

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 5:14-6:7 & Luke 4:31-44

Hymn 71 [Gray] Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me The desire to put off sin is essential for us as believers. Paul Gerhardt (translated by John Wesley) speaks of this aspect of the believer’s life in the second stanza: O grant that nothing in my soul may dwell, but Thy pure love alone! O may Thy love possess me whole, my Joy, my Treasure, and my Crown. All coldness from my heart remove; my every act, word, thought, be love.

Sermon: Putting Earthly Sin to Death 2 from Colossians 3:8a-9

Hymn 255 [Gray] Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Prayer

Benediction