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In the Old Testament, God appointed certain times of the year for his people to worship him. There were several key Jewish festivals, and then each month at the new moon. In Numbers 10, God appointed that silver trumpets be blown at these feasts and new moons. What God wanted from his people was regular worship and rejoicing in him and his works. Israel was to continually remember what God had done for them. So Psalm 81 calls Israel to rejoice in Yahweh.
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. (Ps. 81:1 ESV)
The Psalm calls for music and joy and gladness and even shouts because of the blessing it is to have the living God as your God. He is a God of strength, and worthy of this kind of joy. Knowing God ought to move us to song and music-making. Let’s brave the cold and wintery weather to gather for this again.
In the prayer service, we will return to John 17. We’ll begin the service singing, “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You” (Gray 100).
The message this Sunday looks at verses 16 & 17 of Colossians 2. In focus is the false teaching—and especially Jewish teachings—and the reason Christians should reject it. The text for this Sunday teaches us important things about the Mosaic Law, why it was given, and how it relates to believers. Even more importantly, it teaches us about the sufficiency that Christ brings us who have believed in him.
Call to Worship: Psalm 81:1-3
Hymn 134 [Red] O Sing a New Song to the LORD
Congregational Reading: Romans 8:31-34
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 228 [Gray] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness This great hymn by Nicolaus von Zinzendorf and translated by John Wesley richly portrays the finished work of Christ for believers. Consider the second stanza: Bold shall I stand in Thy great day, for who aught to my charge shall lay? Fully absolved through these I am, from sin and fear, from guilt and shame. Our passage says that, because of what Christ has done for us, we should not let anyone judge us with respect to keeping the Law’s religious observances. Christ’s work has also freed us from the guilt of breaking God’s moral law. In Christ, we are free from guilt. We are fully absolved. Thanks be to God for such grace as this.
Hymn 266 [Red] Through Every Age, Eternal God
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 24:1-9 & Luke 1:57-80
Hymn 181 [Gray] Hail! Thou Once Despised Jesus!
Sermon: The Substance Belongs to Christ from Colossians 2:16-17
Hymn 307 [Red] How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on 1-2 Samuel.