Preparation for Worship for July 24, 2016

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The call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day’s worship comes from Psalm 30:4-5 and commands us to “sing praises” and “give thanks” to the LORD God. The reason for this praise is in v. 5: For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning. What a statement about our God: his anger is but for a moment! How many times have we deserved his anger? How often has our conscience accused us, knowing that we deserved death because of our sin? But instead of judgment and death, we have the sure promise of life: his favor is for a lifetime. Our tears will dry by morning, when joy breaks forth with the sun. All this we have tasted with the death of the Mediator, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins. We know God to be this way with us because Jesus has died for us. We have seen the justice of our Judge satisfied with the death of our Advocate, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by his blood. In other words, the turning of God’s anger against us for sin and the replacement of that anger with a lifetime of favor has been fulfilled and come to reality in our High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ. So let’s sing praises and give thanks!

In the prayer service, we return to prayer in Acts 8 (as we intended last week before the storm hit). We will begin our service singing, “Before the Throne of God Above” to the hymn tune JERUSALEM.

In the sermon this Sunday, we look at the mechanics of Gospel ministry. If 1 Cor 16:1-4 taught us marks of a healthy church, vv 5-12 reveal to us, even in the incidentals of Paul’s travel plans, the way the work of the Lord is to be done by Christ’s servants. How are we to think about ministry? How are we to go about it? What does it mean to be God’s fellow workers (cf. 1 Cor 3:9)? In our passage this morning, we see how a faithful minister thinks about working for the Lord. And that’s what faithful ministry is—it is the Lord’s work. It is sacred, ordained by God, a high and lofty calling. So let’s learn by Paul from the text this Lord’s Day how we can be faithfully go about this work. This is the order for our worship:

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 30:4-5

Hymn 76-77 [Red] As the Hart, About to Falter Sometimes with the service orders, all the hymns I choose touch on the themes arising from the text of Scripture for that morning’s message. Always, however, the service order reflects a miniature portrait of the Gospel message: we praise and adore God; we acknowledge our sin and the promise of redemption through Christ; we render thankfulness back to our Savior and God; which leads us to seek his face for our continual needs; whereupon we attend to his word as his people. Since I always try to choose a good hymn of adoration to begin the service, I selected this hymn because, as a paraphrase of Psalm 42, leads us to declare our love and praise for God. The tune is a version of that to which we sing the hymn, “Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People.” The Psalm is familiar to saints as an expression of our great love for God. Verse 1 compares our seeking God to a deer seeking water: “As the hart, about to falter, in its trembling agony, longs for flowing streams of water, so O God, I long for Thee. Yes, athirst for Thee I cry; God of life, O when shall I come again to stand before Thee in thy temple and adore thee?” This should be the theme of all our hearts as we gather each Lord’s Day for worship. And, as such, this is the great end of Christian ministry—a greater love for and worship of the true and living God among all the nations.

Congregational Reading: Psalm 30:6-12

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn [Insert] Arise, My Soul, Arise

Hymn 27 [Blue] I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Job 39 & Mark 14:1-21

Hymn 343 [Red] Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word

Sermon: The Work of the Lord from 1 Corinthians 16:5-12

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

Prayer

Benediction

During the Sunday School hour, we will hold our quarterly business meeting.

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