This Lord’s Day we gather again for the most important thing we do: the worship of the Triune God as one body in Christ. When we gather together as saints, we do so in love, recognizing that God has ordained our corporate worship so that we may, as fitted together in Christ, build each other up in the faith. Ephesians 4:16 speaks of our mutual growth together according to the plan of God: from whom [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. So, as we gather this Lord’s Day, let us do so with a spirit of true spiritual love for one another.
In the prayer service we continue our discussion of the Lord’s prayer in Luke 11. This week we will continue learning the tune VATER UNSER, this time paired with another Tersteegen/Wesley text, “Thou Hidden Love of God Whose Height.”
The sermon for this Lord’s Day looks at “The Paradox of Love.” I won’t say here what the paradox is. But consider now this question: What is selfishness? The characteristic of love we’ll consider is “does not insist on its own way,” or (better translated) “seeketh not her own” from 1 Cor 13:5. It is clear God desires our deep, overflowing happiness. There is a sense in which we must love ourselves. So what then is selfishness? How is it different from self-love? It is my hope that this question and much more is clear to those who hear the preaching this Sunday. Here is the service order:
Call to Worship: 1 Timothy 6:13-16
Hymn 55 [Blue] Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 133
Doxology: Red 437
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 21 & 1 John 3:1-10
Hymn 258 [Red] How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
Sermon: The Paradox of Love from 1 Corinthians 13:5
Hymn 255 [Red] Ah, Holy Jesus As we gather for the Lord’s Table, this hymn (which is a favorite of mine) speaks powerfully to the great suffering our Lord endured for our sins to provide us atonement and justification and the riches of his grace. The only standing we have before God is in Christ’s righteousness, and it alone. We have this righteousness because he died for us. In this way, this hymn reminds us again that true love is seen in Christ Jesus. Thus the last verse of the hymn offers this prayer to Christ: “Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee, think on my pity and thy love unswerving, not my deserving.”
The Lord’s Table
Hymn [Insert] Jesus, My Highest Treasure
In Sunday School, Eric White teaches us concerning the Remaining Dialogues (Job 15-25).