The Creator has made man a communicating creature. There is something marvelous about words, for with them we have the power to help and to hurt, the power to build up and to destroy. With our words, we lead others into the realm of what is true or into the realm of what is false. When we assemble together, with our words we worship God together, when those words are true, and we enter trustingly into the truth of what is spoken in our assembly. Thus one of the most fundamental ways we worship together is with our words to each other, as we declare with the Word of God the glory and praise of God to each other, leading each other into that truth, so that our hearts corporately worship God together. For this reason, worship is very much like a great reverberating hall. One voice reverberates in the hearts of others, and together the speaker and hearers exalt Christ together into a great symphony of adoration in the truth through the Holy Spirit. We gather to do this very thing as we assemble for worship this coming Lord’s Day.
This coming Lord’s Day, we will look again at a verse from Psalm 119. We will sing again the hymn we’ve been learning this month, “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven.”
The morning message this Sunday comes 1 Cor 14:1-5 and Paul’s regulations of corporate worship in Corinth. We will see how the corporate quality of Christian assemblies fundamentally shapes the form of Christian worship. This had specific application to the Corinthians in how they used tongues. For us, we see the power of the Word of God in believers’ lives. This is the service order for this coming Sunday:
Call to Worship: Psalm 146:1-2, 10
Hymn [Insert] Safely through Another Week This hymn by John Newton (note, the attached hymn has the incorrect author given) well describes the joy of Christian corporate worship. Our weekly gatherings are described in this hymn as an emblem of our eternal rest. Even the phrase “safely through another week” hints at the sustaining grace in the perseverance of the saints. One of the things that Paul implicitly teaches in the passage before us this Lord’s Day is that God powerfully uses his revealed word in the lives of believers for the spiritual good. The third verse of the chapter says, “On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” The edification of believers is a spiritual work. In Eph 3:22, Paul says, “In him [the Lord Jesus Christ] you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Paul is granting that believers are capable of doing each other great spiritual good through the mighty Word of God spoken in the assembly (cf Eph 4:15-16). The final verse of Newton’s hymn describes this truth: “May Thy Gospel’s joyful sound conquer sinners, comfort saints.” In this manner the hymn prays that the Savior will accomplish through his Word what he alone is capable of doing in us. And may it ever so be in the church: “Thus may all our Sabbaths prove, till we join the church above.”
Congregational Reading: Psalm 146:3-9
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn 269 [Red] Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Hymn 134 [Red] O Sing a New Song to the LORD
Scripture Reading: Job 1 & 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Hymn 343 [Red] Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word
Sermon: Christian Worship is Corporate from 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
Hymn 268 [Blue] How Firm a Foundation
After the fellowship meal, we will have our quarterly business meeting.