“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Psa 150:6). Scripture commands every living thing to praise God. Our God invites us to come into his presence with joy, and that is what we will be doing this Lord’s Day. We will gather to worship him through his Word.
In the prayer service, we will consider Jesus’s words to Peter in Luke 22:31. This both beautiful and bittersweet passage shows our Savior’s love for his people. We will sing again the hymn we began learning this month, “Come, Ye Disconsolate.”
In the morning worship service, I will continue the exposition of 1 Corinthians 14. Christians should use their gatherings for worship in such a way that brings the whole assembly into the benefits of that worship. As Paul corrects speaking in tongues, he magnifies the many ways the ordinary ministry of the Word, as it magnifies Christ, richly benefits believers. We too should come to God’s house ready to receive that gracious benefit. The hymns I chose for this service intertwine the ordinary theme of our worship (the Gospel of Jesus Christ), Psalm 150, and some themes found in the text. This is the order of service:
Call to Worship: Psalm 150:6
Hymn [Insert] Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above Note that Wesley’s words are a paraphrase of Psalm 150, the psalm we will use for the call to worship and congregational reading.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 150
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 258 [Red] How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
Hymn 121 [Red] It’s Good to Thank the Lord
Scripture Reading: Job 5 & 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Hymn 354 [Red] If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee I chose this hymn because the beginning of the last stanza remind me of Paul’s words in 1 Cor 14:14-15. Paul says I will pray … I will sing praise.” Paul implicitly shows how normal these are as functions in the Christian life. So the last stanza of this hymn gives to use our duty as we humble ourselves under God’s sovereign hand: “Sing, pray, and keep his ways unswerving; in all thy labor faithful be.”
Sermon: Tongues & the Benefits of Christian Worship, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 14:6-19
Hymn 393 [Blue] Take My Life and Let It Be
In Sunday School, I will begin my first of two parts exploring the history of the awakenings during the ministry of Jonathan Edwards.