This Lord’s Day we gather in the presence of the Almighty Lord. He is the one who sees all and knows all. He is the God over all who blessed forever. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. As we gather before this great God, what makes it even greater still is that we do so in the name of Jesus Christ. In ourselves we could never come before him. We are alienated and opposed to him in sin. Yet gathering in Christ’s name makes things far different. We are brought near by his blood that cleanses us from all sin.
This coming Lord’s Day, we will take a one-week detour from Luke and consider a prayer from the perspective of a brief portion of Psalm 119. The hymn we’ll sing to begin the hour will be Thy Word Sheds Light upon My Path.
In the morning worship service, I will continue my exposition of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. This week we will consider the limits on our knowledge in this present era. Paul says that spiritual gifts will pass away because our knowledge in this life is partial. The sermon will (likely) include a limited discussion on the different ways this passage has been interpreted. The main point introduced last week will continue to be the main focus, however: Christians should pursue love above spiritual gifts. Love endures forever. Spiritual gifts are designed to be limited.
This is the service order for this coming Sunday:
Call to Worship: Psalm 96:2-4
Hymn 345 [Red] Come, Thou Almighty King
Congregational Reading: Psalm 143
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Insert] My God, I Love Thee
Hymn 284 [Red] Come, Ye Thankful People
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-15 & 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Hymn 359 [Blue] My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Sermon: Now and Then, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Hymn 290 [Blue] Be Still, My Soul This hymn written by Kathrina von Schlegel and translated by Jane Borthwick is a hymn of sweet consolation to us in the midst of grief and suffering. In 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, Paul is extolling the permanence of love that never fails. I thought of the third stanza of this hymn as I considered this passage: “Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on When we shall be forever with the Lord. When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.” When we leave this world of sorrow, love will remain. It is then that we will see the restoration and permanence of “love’s purest joys”–the joys we will have in the presence of our holy Triune God and the holy saints he has redeemed by the blood of Christ.
In the Sunday School hour, as we’re between Sunday School series, I will present a short lesson from Scripture, and we will give a significant portion of the time over to singing hymns–something I’ve been wanting to do together for a long time.