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“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!” the Psalmist cries. We are people who have seen the holy beauty of our God and of the worship that exalts in him. We are those who have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. We have believed in Jesus Christ, and we have not been ashamed. This Lord’s Day, we taste this sweet grace again as we gather together to worship the Holy Trinity.
In the prayer service, we will consider again Jesus’ prayer of blessing in Luke 22:14-23. We will sing Psalm 40, “I Waited for the Lord” (Red 74).
The sermon this coming Sunday will show two things. First, Paul describes the inadequacy in the primitive and extraordinary gift of speaking foreign languages in public gatherings. Second, Scripture presents the positive effects of the ministry of the Word (whether through prophesy or teaching), and why it should be an important part of Christian gatherings to worship God. When the Scriptures are opened, we worship God as he has directed us. As his grace in Christ is proclaimed and exalted, the church is built up in a God-ward direction. The service order this Sunday both uses the Gospel themes we employ each week and reflects many of the themes of the message.
Call to Worship: Psalm 149:1
Hymn 304 [Red] Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
Congregational Reading: Psalm 149:2-9
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 167 [Red] Lord, from the Depths to Thee I Cried
Ministry of Music: The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 324 [Red] Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Scripture Reading: Job 4 & 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Hymn 172 [Blue] O Word of God Incarnate Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:6 that he came to “benefit” the people in Corinth. He did this, we know, by proclaiming “the message of the cross” (1 Cor 1:17-18). This hymn by William How (set to a tune by Felix Mendelssohn) points to the great grace that comes to believers when the Scriptures are opened in the public ministry of the Word: “O make thy Church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold, to bear before the nations thy true light, as of old. O teach thy wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace, till, clouds and darkness ended, they see thee face to face.” It’s worth noting that the ending of this stanza echoes the words of Paul at the end of 1 Corinthians 13. Given the great benefit the Word of God has been to us through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, how much more should we ourselves, as Paul says in 1 Cor 14:12, “strive to excel in building up the church”?
Sermon: Tongues & the Benefits of Christian Worship from 1 Corinthians 14:6-19
Hymn 291 [Blue] Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
In Sunday School, I will teach the second part of my series on the life and ministry of Jonathan Edwards, How Jonathan Edwards Became a Christian.