The most important thing we do is worship God, and he is to be worshipped in name of Jesus Christ through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. We are commanded to worship God. Deut 6:5 says, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Our love for God cannot be diluted or polluted. It cannot be limp or flimsy. As the true God, he is one, and so he is to be worshipped exclusively and fully, joyfully and completely. Our lives are not our own. We have been bought with a price, and so we should glorify God. As those who each love God, corporate worship is especially important for us, for in corporate worship our love burns even more brightly as we together join with other believers to fulfill the command of Deut 6:5. All of us enter into the assembly that is the body of Christ with divine love in our heart, a love that believes and hopes in God.
In our prayer service, we will continue looking at Jesus’ instruction concerning prayer in Luke 11. We will return to the hymn we’ve been learning this month: “Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel” (Red 360-1).
The message in this Sunday morning’s worship service shows how Christian faith and hope are tied to genuine Christian love. We love as Christians well when we love Christianly, with strong faith and hope in God. The hymns selected for this service often mention our faith and hope in Christ. This is the service order for Sunday, August 30, 2015:
Call to Worship: Psalm 139:14
Hymn 326 [Red] Rejoice–the Lord is King!
Congregational Reading: Psalm 139:7-12, 17-18, 23-24
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn [Insert] Jesus Lives, and So Shall I
Hymn 76-77 [Red] As the Hart, About to Falter As I was planning the service, I was recalling hymns that mentioned faith or hope (preferably both). I also considered the Psalms, and my mind immediately went to Psalms 42 & 43, and the sons of Korah repeated refrain: “Hope in God: for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (see 42:5, 11, and 43:5). Our hymnal has a versification of Psalm 42 set to the old Genevan hymn tune to which we sing the Advent carol, “Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People” (Freu Dich Sehr). In Psalms 42 and 43, the Psalmists struggle amidst adversity with doubt and discouragement. Will God help them? Will he answer their prayers? Will the wicked be punished? Will the Lord save his people? The saints at this moment look to the Lord, and so the psalm paraphrase by Dewey Westra that we’ll be singing captures the key refrain: “O my soul, why are you grieving, Why disquieted in me? Hope in God, your faith retrieving: He will still your refuge be.” There is no reason for discouragement or doubt, for God will deliver and save. Therefore we should hope in Him. True Christian love has such faith and hope. It never gives up on God. When the Spirit of Christ gives his saints divine love, he gives them faith and hope besides.
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26 & 2 Corinthians 1:12-24
Hymn 327 [Red] The Church’s One Foundation
Sermon: Faith, Hope, and Love from 1 Corinthians 13:7
Hymn 348 [Red] Come, Ye That Love the Lord
In Sunday School, Eric White continues his teaching on the book of Job with Soliloquy 3: The Lord Chs 38-41 (Part 2).