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This Lord’s Day, we will gather to observe the Lord’s Table in the afternoon.
As we gather for worship this coming Lord’s Day, the words of Psalm 32:11 guide the way: “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” These words would be powerful in and of themselves, but they take on even greater significance when we remember that Psalm 32 is a psalm of confession and the assurance of God’s grace in the forgiveness of sins. The Psalm opens, “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It is a blessing indeed to have our sins forgiven, is it not? The Psalm goes on to recount the goodness of Yahweh in forgiving the repentant sinner’s iniquities. Consider vs 5: “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgression to the LORD,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Having such a God, who forgives the sins of those who confess their iniquities, how much more should we “be glad in the LORD, and rejoice,” that we “shout for joy!” And notice how he twice calls us righteous in vs 11: “O righteous… all you upright in heart.” The Lord does not only not count our sins against us, but he regards us as righteous! Be glad, brothers and sisters, and so come and worship Jesus Christ!
In the prayer service, we will look at another instance of prayer in Acts 9. We’ll begin the service learning the hymn “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (Red 256).
In the sermon this Lord’s Day, we look at two brief verses that seem to sum up the entire letter to the Corinthians. Paul sums it all up with five punchy commands that seems to belt out with a kind of hurried earnestness. He needs to get just one more word in. There we see the importance of spiritual watchfulness, courageous faith, and abundant love. Though he meant this for the Corinthians, they still greatly inform our own walk by the grace the Lord Jesus today.
Call to Worship: Psalm 32:11
Hymn 28 [Blue] Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Congregational Reading: Psalm 32:1-5 Because Psalm 32 is a confessional psalm, we will use it to confess our sins corporately to God (cf James 5:16). Then we will return to Psalm 32 again for a second congregational reading to express our thanksgiving for the God who forgives sins.
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 264 [Red] O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
Congregational Reading: Psalm 32:6-10 Having confessed our sin, remembering God’s forgiveness, and singing of the deep love of Jesus Christ that has saved us, we now return to this Psalm to express our love and commitment to this forgiving God. All this before we break forth in song again, singing praise to this loving God who reigns above.
Hymn 324 [Red] Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Scripture Reading: Job 41 & Mark 14:51-72
Ministry of Music: He Who Would Valiant Be
Hymn 403 [Blue] Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Sermon: Summing It All Up from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Hymn 317 [Blue] A Charge to Keep I Have
Instead of Sunday School, we will have a Communion Service following the fellowship meal. In that service, we’ll sing “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness”; “What Wondrous Love is This”; “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”; and “The Song of Simeon.” My sermon will be from John 19:28.