This Sunday is Riverside Sunday. Unless the weather is inappropriate, we will hold all services alongside the Minnesota River at Memorial Park.
The prayer service on Sunday will look at another instance of prayer in Acts 8.
In the worship service, we will sing all our hymns with accompaniment. The sermon this Sunday comes from 1 Corinthians 16:1-4. There we see a little glimpse of what makes a faithful NT church. As believers in Jesus Christ, we do not make up our own religion. We submit to Jesus Christ. As a body of Christ, a church therefore bases all its doctrine and practice from the teachings of Jesus Christ and his official delegates, the apostles, whose instruction is canonized for us in the New Testament scriptures. As we begin our exposition of the last chapter of 1 Corinthians, we see in Paul’s instructions three key marks of healthy New Testament churches: inter-church fellowship, generosity, and worship. This is our order of worship for this Sunday:
Call to Worship: Psalm 29:1-2
Hymn [Insert] Safely through Another Week Among the many explicit and implicit points in this passage is Paul’s instruction concerning a weekly gathering of Christ’s church on the first day of the week. Paul speaks of the Corinthians gathering “on the first day of the week.” This pattern carries forward the Old Testament’s emphasis on a weekly gathering (for the gathering is weekly), but instead of a gathering emphasizing God’s original creation of the world (as the dispensation of Law did with the Sabbath day of rest), Christian gatherings for worship emphasize God’s new creation work begun in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the first day of the week. John Newton’s hymn expresses these themes well: “Safely through another week God has brought us on our way; let us now a blessing seek, waiting in his courts today; day of all the week the best, emblem of eternal rest.”
Congregational Reading: Psalm 29:3-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 110 [Blue] Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?
Hymn 20 [Blue] We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer
Scripture Reading: Job 38:22-41 & Mark 13:14-37
Hymn 393 [Blue] Take My Life and Let It Be
Sermon: Three Marks of a Healthy Church from 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Hymn 187 [Blue] Blest Be the Tie That Binds
After the fellowship meal, Eric White will teach our Sunday School hour concerning catechism question 37.
37. Q. What is effectual calling?
A. Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit,1 whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery,2 enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ,3 and renewing our wills,4 he does persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to us in the gospel.5
1 2 Tim 1:9 2 Acts 2:37
3 Acts 26:18 4 Ezek 36:26
5 John 6:44-45