Jesus Christ is risen! Our Savior endured the cross of suffering and death in love and now he is our risen Lord. Our hope is as living as our Savior is. This Lord’s Day, we gather together as one body in Christ to worship our Lord who is alive. Because our Lord is living and seated at the Father’s right hand, we can have boldness and confidence that the God we worship will regard our worship as incense before him. This renders the duty of worship the most rarefied of privileges.
In the prayer service, we move on to the next occurrence of prayer in Luke’s Gospel. I could arguably look next at a passage like Luke 17:5, where the disciples say (“pray”) to the Savior, “Increase our faith!” Yet I have decided to continue to the next explicit reference to prayer, and that is found in Luke 18:1. We will begin our prayer service with the words of Psalm 119:105-112 to the tune ROCKINGHAM (the hymn tune to which we sang Psalm 145 last Lord’s Day).
The worship service takes its theme from the sermon, that “love endures.” When God pours his love into the heart of a man by the Holy Spirit, that love endures, even in the face of trial and testing. Love endures all things, Paul says. When all is said and done, divine love will remain. If you have God’s love through the Holy Spirit, so will you, by the grace of Jesus Christ. This is the order of our worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 141:2
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power
Congregational Reading: Psalm 141:1-4, 8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 260 [Red] Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness This beautiful hymn, originally written by Paul Eber and Nicolaus von Zinzendorf and translated by John Wesley, speaks of the future joy we have through Christ’s enduring love for us in his sacrificial death. This theme echoes throughout all the stanzas. The first sets the context: “Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness My beauty are, my glorious dress; ‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, With joy shall I lift up my head.” Our understanding stumbles at present to grasp the glory that is ours as believers on that coming day when we appear before Christ, glorified and adorned his robes of perfect righteousness. If we could but see the blessedness of what it will be like to see our God in that perfection, our love would be of such depth that no trial or testing of this age could ever extinguish our commitment to Christ. This is what it means that love endures. If we love Christ, we will see past the suffering to what lies ahead. We will, just as our Savior did before us, endure the cross, despising the shame.
Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 28 & 2 Corinthians 3
Hymn [Insert] Jerusalem the Golden
Sermon: Love Endures from 1 Corinthians 13:7
Hymn 268 [Blue] How Firm a Foundation
This Sunday there is no fellowship meal or Sunday School. Instead, we will gather for a joint fellowship with Harvest Baptist Church of Redwood Falls and Calvary Baptist Church of Sleepy Eye.