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The God of the Bible is a God of grace, and it is in the revelation this rich graciousness that God most manifests to men his glory. When God revealed his glory to Moses on Mt Sinai in Exodus 34, Moses only sees the “back” of Yahweh. Yet, as the LORD God passes by before the man of God, God does reveal himself most powerfully, and he does so with a word, a declaration of who he is in self-revelation. That self-revelation of the LORD is what the people of God have trusted themselves to for generations: The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation. When the Word of God is made flesh, this grace and glory is again united in the revelation of the eternal God to men: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). For us as a church, having entrusted ourselves to Jesus Christ and his grace for eternal life, we ought to glorify God for this grace. This is what we will endeavor to do as we gather in the name of the Lord Jesus this coming Lord’s Day.
As is our custom, we will begin the Lord’s Day with our prayer service together. We’ll begin the service singing “O Israel’s Shepherd, Hear Our Pleading” (Red 116-117), the Psalm we’ll be learning this month. Then we’ll consider the next instance of prayer in the book of Acts.
In the morning worship service, the sermon comes from the last two verses of 1 Corinthians, a “loving benediction” penned by the Apostle to this turbulent assembly. We dare not rush by these verses as incidental. They demonstrate Paul’s great hope for this congregation in Christ, as well as his own deep love for this church. The last two verses remind us of the great role of grace in the lives of believers, and the mark of true Christians: genuine love for one another.
Call to Worship: Ephesians 1:3, 7-8
Hymn 17 [Blue] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing The sermon this Sunday will dwell for some time on the necessity of Christ’s grace in our lives. For this reason, many of the hymns I selected for this Sunday have to do with grace. This great hymn is no exception: “Come, thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace.” How much do we need the grace of the Lord Jesus! All that we are depends upon God’s free goodness to us despite our sinfulness. As we consider how kind God has been to us in Christ, the fitting response is praise, and even to beg God to help us praise him for this incredible grace. As the hymn continues: “Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.”
Congregational Reading: Psalm 37:1-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 236 [Blue] Amazing Grace
Hymn 315 [Red] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Scripture Reading: Psalm 8 & 2 Peter 2
Hymn 302 [Red] Great God of Wonders!
Sermon: A Loving Benediction from 1 Corinthians 16:23-24
Hymn 52 [Blue] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
There will be no fellowship dinner or Sunday School on Sunday. Check your email for information about the afternoon activity.