From the earliest days of the church Christ’s people have gathered together to worship God and edify each other. This is what a love-bound assembly looks like, people glorying in God and helping others glory in God. Thanks be to God that all this is possible and grounded on the finished work of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. We love him because he first loved us.
During the prayer service, we will continue our study of the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer as found in Luke 11:2-5. This week I’ll bring instruction and application from Forgive us our sins. We’ll revisit the Tersteegen hymn, “Lo, God is Here! Let Us Adore” to begin our service together.
The sermon for this Sunday provides the unifying theme of the content of our worship. This week’s message is a continuation of last week’s sermon on the “Paradox of Love.” Many people today love by consuming to ourselves. The Bible turns this upside down. Personal happiness is found, not by consumption, but radical generosity and seeking the good of others. We love by building up others.
Call to Worship: Psalm 134:1
Hymn 304 [Red] Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken You might not expect the John Newton hymn “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” to make its way into a service with the theme of selfless love, but it fits very well with the content of our message. We sing this hymn in adoration and praise to God as we begin our service. The general theme of this hymn is one of worship to God for his great grace in Christ to his people. As such, it anticipates Christ’s everlasting kingdom and heavenly Zion, especially in the last verse. For us on this Lord’s Day, the fourth verse, which is unfortunately omitted from many hymnals, is especially poignant: “Blest inhabitants of Zion, Washed in the Redeemer’s blood! Jesus, Whom their souls rely on, Makes them kings and priests to God. ‘Tis his love His people raises Over self to reign as kings, And as priests, His solemn praises each for a thank offering brings.” If our love would be genuine, we should seek not our own things, but raise up the love of God over love of self.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 134
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Hymn 26 [Blue] Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 22 & 1 John 3:11-24
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Sermon: The Paradox of Love, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 13:5
Hymn 278 [Red] Come Down, O Love Divine
Our Quarterly Business Meeting follows the fellowship meal.