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This Sunday, we have the great delight of hearing the Word in our morning worship service and Sunday School from David de Bruyn, pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. David is the author of several books, and a regular contributor to the Religious Affections Blog. His text for his sermon this Sunday morning is Psalm 90. I’ve selected the fourteenth verse of that Psalm as the Scripture call to worship: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may be rejoice and be glad all our days. This beautiful verse is framed as a prayer (as is the whole Psalm), seeking God’s help. The prayer asks God for his grace to be satisfied with our God and his rich grace. And, on the ground of this deep satisfaction—a satisfaction not found anywhere else in the whole created order—we respond to our God with joy and gladness all our days. This Lord’s Day, as we gather together for worship, it will be our corporate aim to give vent to this high rejoicing and exuberant gladness rooted in the wonderful grace of Christ.
In the prayer service, we will look again at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2. To begin the service, we’ll sing together “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (Red 256).
As I said above, Pastor de Bruyn will be preaching from Psalm 90 in the morning worship service. The words of this Psalm will reverberate throughout much of our service. Not only will the call to worship to be taken from Psalm 90, but also the congregational reading and two of the hymns. This psalm is a favorite for many Christians, and I’m especially looking forward to hearing the Word of God from an eminently capable servant of Christ this Lord’s Day.
Call to Worship: Psalm 90:14
Hymn 55 [Blue] Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 90:1-8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 266 [Red] Through Every Age, Eternal God This hymn will serve us as part of our “Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon” section of our morning worship. The confession of sin is marked in this setting of Psalm 90 by Isaac Watts. In the third stanza, we sing, But man, weak man, is born to die, made up of guilt and vanity: Thy dreadful sentence, Lord, was just—‘Return, ye sinners, to your dust.’ But the assurance of pardon comes in the final stanza: Teach us, O Lord, how frail is man; and kindly length out the span, till, cleansed by grace, we all may be prepared to die, and dwell with Thee. It is only when, as this Psalm teaches us, we recognize our sinfulness and the justice of God in the sentence of eternal death, that we properly understand the wonders of divine grace that gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hymn 284 [Red] Come, Ye Thankful People
Scripture Reading: Exodus 17 & John 9:24-41
Hymn [Insert] Credo
Sermon: Time – Gospel-Goad or Futility-Fuel from Psalm 90
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
In Sunday School, Pastor de Bruyn 141is planning on teaching us concerning Jesus, Our Torn Veil.