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Creation, although under the curse, is not silent. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psa 19:1). The things God has made manifests his own invisible attributes, and it does so in a way that glorifies him. We see God’s wisdom in the beautiful rivers and lakes and oceans. The many plants and flora miraculously reach up out of the dark earth toward its maker. The stars and planets continue in their mysterious wanderings throughout the sky, led by the hand of God. The sun and the moon testify that behind their timekeeping is the creative power of a timeless God. The beasts instinctively find God’s providential sustenance adequate for their survival and propagation. All these things continue by God’s powerful hand, and they by their very sustained existence testify to God’s creative wisdom and might. And if creation is not silent, if it in its own ways find voices to glorify God, how much more should we, who have been given reason and affections and voices and tongues, proclaim the glory of God? There is one God who has made all this, and we have been reconciled to him through the one Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. So may we “declare the glory of God” and “proclaim his handiwork!”
We’ll join together for the prayer service this Sunday and consider the importance of prayer in the early church of Jesus Christ. We’ll begin learning a setting of Psalm 6 (Red 8).
In our sermon this Sunday, we will close out 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. This time, we will review some further teaching from the Old Testament concerning the Millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ, with special attention to how this informs this passage. We will also look at what Paul means when he says that the Son “delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father” (1 Cor 15:24). What does it mean that even the Son will be subjected to the Father? It is my prayer that this passage fuel our hope in the living Jesus Christ who is raised from the dead.
Call to Worship: Psalm 19:1
Hymn [Insert] God Himself Is with Us
Congregational Reading: Psalm 19:2-3; 7-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Hymn 39 [Blue] This is My Father’s World
Scripture Reading: Job 28 & Mark 8:22-9:1
Hymn 313 [Red] Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Sermon: That God May Be All in All, Part 3 from 1 Corinthians 15:23-28
Hymn 51 [Blue] Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him This old hymn by the great hymnist Thomas Kelly (“Look, Ye Saints! The Sight is Glorious”) extols the glory of Jesus Christ. He is worthy of both praise and whole-hearted devotion. He is our saving protector, and worthy of our full trust. The fourth verse turns to a prayer to the Lord Jesus that he would preserve us by his grace “till the hour of our receiving promised joys with thee.” The final verse then looks to our sure hope in Christ, the resurrection and the life: “Then we shall be where we would be, then we shall be what we should be, things that are not now, nor could be, soon shall be our own.” Things are “not yet” “under his feet” (Heb 2). As Kelly so rightly observes, they could not now be that way. But all soon will be what it should be. Yes, this salvation will soon be “our own.” So may we hope in Christ, trusting him who is the firstfruits of our resurrection and of the reconciliation of all things.
During the Sunday School hour, we will gather around our Lord’s Table and observe communion.