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The Bible pulls no punches on its expectations of humanity. The obligation we have as God’s creatures is clear. Jesus himself said that there was no greater commandment than to love the Lord our God. Our Scripture call to worship for this Lord’s Day rehearses this episode: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. As we gather this coming Lord’s Day, we give ourselves to this great commandment. We love the Lord, so we rejoice to sing his praise. We love the Lord, so we humbly bring him our petitions in prayer, declaring our trust in him. We love the Lord, so we reverently attend to his Word in the Scripture reading and preaching. Our worship service is a great declaration of our commitment to fulfilling this greatest commandment. And, as we gather together, interacting with one another, we fulfill the second great commandment as well, to love our neighbor as yourself. In fact, there is no greater way to love another person than to build up their love for God. So may love mark our service this Lord’s Day, love for God and love for others for his glory.
In the prayer service, we’ll return to Psalm 119. We’ll begin the service again singing Psalm 80, the psalm we’re learning this month (Red 116/17).
In the worship service, we have the privilege of sitting under the instruction of our brother Eric White as he opens the Scriptures for us. His sermon text is Leviticus 19. I suspect that his sermon will actually sit nicely beside the sermons over the past several weeks on Christian love from 1 Corinthians 16.
Call to Worship: Matthew 22:35-38
Hymn [Insert] God Himself is With Us
Congregational Reading: Psalm 38:1-9, 21-22
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 286 [Red] And Can it Be that I Should Gain?
Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King
Scripture Reading: Psalm 9 & 2 Peter 3
Hymn 172 [Blue] O Word of God Incarnate This hymn, written by William How and set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, is directed to the second Person of the Godhead, our Lord Jesus Christ: “O Word of God incarnate,” How begins. As he extols Christ for being God’s “Wisdom,” “Truth,” and “Light,” he turns to express praise to the Son for the revelation that we have received of him in the Holy Scriptures: “we praise you for the radiance that from the sacred page, a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.” The Bible is more than a set of quaint ancient writings. It is the very Word of God. It is through this Word, even in the Law of God, from which the sermon text is taken this Lord’s Day, that makes us complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:17). As we turn yet once again to the Scriptures this coming Sunday, the Scriptures do what How describes in this hymn: It floateth like a banner before God’s host unfurled; it shineth like a beacon above the darkling world. It is the chart and compass that o’er life’s surging sea, ‘mid mists and rocks and quicksands, still guides, O Christ, to thee.
Sermon: Thou Shalt Not Steal from Leviticus 19:9-14
Hymn 359 [Blue] My Faith Looks Up to Thee
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach an Introduction to Matthew.