Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, December 9, 2018

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Glad songs of praise are in the tents of the righteous. Those are the beautiful words of Psalm 118:15. In the houses of God’s people, they sing praise to their God. Why? The answer comes in the verse immediately preceding: The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. If you know personally that your God is your salvation, it ought to make you a worshipper. And it should make you not just a worshipper in public, but a worshipper even in your home or “tent.” When God is your Savior, it makes us not only worshippers, but glad worshippers: glad songs of praise.

This Sunday’s lesson in the prayer service comes again from Philippians 1. Our hymn to begin that service will be “All My Heart This Night Rejoices” (Gray 130).

The Sunday this sermon looks at various additional commands concerning the Tabernacle. Before us this Lord’s Day are the Census Tax, the Bronze Basin, and the Anointing Oil. In some respects, these are three very different portions of the Mosaic Law. Yet, they all have to do with the Tabernacle, which is really about the covenantal presence of God among Israel. Even with these portions of Scripture of perhaps lesser importance, you will still find that they richly help us know our God. Be sure to come this week with a ready spirit to hear the living Word of God. Much of our worship service has more to do with the advent of Christ then with the particulars of the tabernacle, however.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 118:14-17

Hymn 219 [Red] Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus This is a wonderful advent hymn written by the great Charles Wesley. Sung to the cheering Welsh tune HYFRYDOL it will be a joy to take it up and present to God as an offering of worship this Lord’s Day. The hymn longs for the coming of Christ, not only his kingdom, but in the spiritual graces that will necessarily come with it. Thus, Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. Even now, we long for a time when Christ will rule in all our hearts alone … by Thine own eternal Spirit. This will be realized in when we see Christ, but it we want it now. Even more importantly for Advent, this spiritual quickening was only made possible because of Christ’s first’s Advent, in his incarnation, suffering, death, and resurrection.

Congregational Reading: Psalm 45:1-3, 6-9

Doxology: Diademata, Red 293

Hymn 100 [Gray] O Lord, How Shall I Greet Thee? Note that we’ll be singing this hymn to PASSION CHORALE (“O Sacred Head Now Wounded”)

Hymn 240 [Red] Joy to the World!

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 & Romans 8:1-17

Hymn 220 [Red] How Lovely Shines the Morning Star!

Sermon: The Tax, Basin, & Oil from Exodus 30:11-33

Hymn 224 [Red] Lift Up Your Heads

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, Dr White will teach on Psalm 133. This will be our final installment in the “Psalms of Ascents” Sunday School series.

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