Paul says of our Lord Jesus Christ in Colossians 1:18 that “in everything he might be preeminent.” Jesus Christ is over all. He is the head of the body, the church, and he is above all creation. As we assemble to worship the Triune God this Lord’s Day, let us gather seeing more clearly than ever that Jesus is worthy of our praise and worship. All that we are is by his grace. Having received the unimaginable riches of God’s saving grace through Christ’s powerful death and glorious resurrection, we should be ready, now more than ever, to magnify the Lord and to exalt his name together.
Our prayer service will contrast the prayers of the self-righteous with those of those who have been justified by the saving death of Jesus Christ. We will sing again Psalm 145, “The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait” (Red 189) to begin our prayer service.
We have now completed our “mini-series” teaching on the way of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. The sermon this Sunday will spend some time revisiting the greater context of where we left off before breaking away for a focus on the nature of Christian love. Paul’s point in the following paragraph (vv. 8-13) is that love endures forever, far longer than temporary gifts like prophecy, tongues, and knowledge. These gifts were for now. Love is for both now and then. For those in Corinth who felt like lesser Christians because they saw their gifts as inferior, Paul lifts up to them the better gift of unending love. For those who made too much of their showy gifts, Paul now revalues their appraisal of their own gifts. In light of these themes, the service order for this coming Lord’s Day follows:
Call to Worship: Psalm 34:3
Hymn 4 [Blue] Praise Ye the Triune God!
Congregational Reading: Psalm 142
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 110 [Blue] Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?
Hymn 294 [Red] At the Name of Jesus This hymn by Caroline Noel (1870) magnifies the person of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Philippians 2. The hymn especially considers the great name of Jesus. As we consider that love never ends, the sixth verse of this hymn is especially poignant: “In your hearts enthrone Him; There let Him subdue All that is not holy, All that is not true; He is God the Savior, He is Christ the Lord, Ever to be worshiped, Trusted, and adored.” As believers, there will never come a time where we are not worshiping and adoring Christ. Our love never falls; it never fails. Now we love him, in the present hour of this temporary, transient life. When we see him face to face, we will ever adore him then as well. As such, the love we have now is a foretaste of that time we will join the eternal Day of our God and behold the glory of what Noel’s second verse describes as “Love, in love eternal, Rest, in perfect rest.” Praise be to God, for it is only in the mighty name of Jesus that we are saved to see such glory.
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 29 & 2 Corinthians 4
Hymn 300 [Red] Fairest Lord Jesus
Sermon: Now and Then from 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Hymn 158 [Blue] Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove
In Sunday School, Eric White finishes his series on Job with a conclusion, summary, and look at chapter 42.