Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, April 18, 2021

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Do you know just how great Jesus Christ is? Do you relish his supremacy? John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Savior, certainly knew and relished the glory of Christ, and for good reason. Before Christ even began his formal ministry, before he was the sweet-lipped teacher of Galilee, before crowds had seen his signs and might works, John knew, and humbled himself lowly before his Savior. The supremacy of Christ is front and center in the Scripture call to worship that I’ve selected for this coming Lord’s Day.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways,

        God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,

        whom he appointed the heir of all things,

        through whom also he created the world.

He is the radiance of the glory of God

        and the exact imprint of his nature,

        and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.

After making purification for sins,

        he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

        having become as much superior to angels

as the name he has inherited

        is more excellent than theirs.

Hebrews 1:1–4

Our view of Christ is likely too little right now. He is probably too small in our eyes. We need to see him as John saw him. Oh, may the Lord give us spiritual eyes to taste and see that the Beloved Son is indeed the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of his nature. Oh that we might sense his sovereign sustaining power holding the very universe together. This will fuel our worship of Christ, our love for those whom he loves, and our bold proclamation of his gospel to the sinners around us.

I hope you’ll come to the prayer service this Lord’s Day. We will open a passage from Psalm 119. The service will begin with the hymn we’re learning throughout April, “Morning Prayer” (Gray 1).

In the worship service, the sermon considers John the Baptist’s message about Christ and the baptism of the Lord. The supremacy of Christ is what is most important in these verses. This seems like a very important message for our times. So let’s travel together to the Jordan River, see our Savior baptized, and gaze in wonder at the glory of Christ revealed in that event. 

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Hebrews 1:1-4

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

Congregational Reading: Isaiah 42:1-8

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name This hymn by Edward Perronet and John Rippon exalts Christ, much like John the Baptist did. In a sense, the third verse sounds much like the message of John the Baptist to Israel: Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, Ye ransomed of the fall, hail him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all! The hymn expands beyond Israel, of course. It calls many others to confess and bow before the Lord of all.

Hymn 41 [Gray] This is My Father’s World

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1-21 & Galatians 1:11-24

Hymn 67 [Gray] Lord, We Bow Before Your Glory

Sermon: The Beloved Son from Luke 3:15-22

Hymn 278 [Red] Come Down, O Love Divine

Prayer

Benediction

At 1:30 PM, we will have our Quarterly Business Meeting.