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This Lord’s Day, we will remember our Savior’s death as we gather around the Lord’s Table. The Scripture call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day comes from a passage earlier in the book of 1 Corinthians. Our lives, our salvation, and the whole created universe has one great and singular end: the glory of God. This is why we exist, and this is why eternal life could only be revealed through Jesus Christ, though his lowly incarnation was all about humiliation and lowliness. 1 Cor 1:28 explains: God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. God has made the gift of eternal life possible through the Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ, in order that he might overthrow all human pride and honor. He is the one who is to get the glory, and this is why he has brought salvation through the cross—means that the Gentile world regards as “foolishness” and the Jewish world regards as weak. This is how the world regards Jesus Christ, but for us he is the absolute opposite: And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” As we gather this Lord’s Day, we who have been redeemed through Christ get his great and holy privilege: to boast in the Lord together.
In the prayer service, we will have a combined prayer service in the sanctuary. Different men will read Scripture and lead the congregation in prayer. This will be interspersed with various hymns and Psalms.
The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is the sober curse and hopeful Paul writes in 1 Cor 16:22: If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! This is a fitting text for the Lord’s Table for it exalts the person of our Savior Jesus Christ. If the Eternal God has appointed so grave and deadly a sentence for those who do not love Christ, then surely Christ is worth our highest and purest love. Jesus Christ’s infinite divine beauty especially comes into focus as we lift up the bread and the cup, the signs of his bloody, sacrificial death for our sins.
Call to Worship: 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Hymn 307 [Red] How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds This is a precious hymn by the great John Newton. It extols our Lord, and beautifully describes why our Lord is worthy of our best and most ardent love. Indeed, the “Name of Jesus” sounds very sweet in a believer’s ear! The fourth verse is one among many that show the glory of Christ: “By Thee my prayers acceptance gain, although with sin defiled; Satan accuses me in vain, and I am owned a child.” Though we are guilty sinners, Jesus opens to us the very throne room of heaven for prayer, answers the accusations of Satan, our Accuser, and grants to us even adoption as sons. It reminds us of the Apostle John’s rapturous joy: See [Behold!], what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. This hymn is also good for us to sing, as it reminds us of how gracious God is in spite of the weakness of our love to Christ—a very poignant reminder considering the severity of the curse in v 22 of our passage this morning. The sixth verse speaks to this matter: “Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought, but when I see thee as thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought.”
Congregational Reading: Psalm 36:5-12
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Scripture Reading: Psalm 7 & 2 Peter 1
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Sermon: A Loving Church, Part 3 from 1 Corinthians 16:21-22
Hymn 0 [Insert] My God, I Love Thee
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 363 [Red] Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
In Sunday School, I will discuss the task of harmonizing the Gospels.