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Like all your other intellectual abilities, your memory is a gift from your Creator. Your memory serves you to bring back before your mental attention events, people, and ideas that have been there before. God gave you a memory so that you would use it in the service of glorifying him. Accordingly, the Scriptures place a great deal of emphasis on what we remember. This Lord’s Day, we will remember our Savior’s atoning body and blood in our Lord’s Supper service following the fellowship meal. Before then, during the morning worship service, we will consider the annual institutions of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread that the Lord gave to the people of Israel so that they would remember when he saved them from slavery Egypt to make them a people for his name. With these themes in mind, I selected Psa 102:12 as our call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day: But you, O LORD are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations. The one we are to remember is the timeless God, the one who dwells in an eternal “Now” without change and free from constraints by time. God never has to “remember” anything. No truth ever escapes his infinite knowledge. Moreover, he is the great reality. He is enthroned forever. He is ever before his people who remember him. O that our eyes would see beyond this earth that will pass away and see the One who is Real and Eternal. It is our delightful privilege to use our memory in the service of this great endeavor, to know and glorify the Eternal God who has saved us.
In the prayer service, we’ll look at Daniel’s great prayer in Daniel 9 again. To begin the service, we’ll begin learning Psa 11/”I in the LORD Do Put My Trust” (Red 12).
In the Passover lamb, the Lord provided the means whereby he would deliver them. Israel’s Exodus from Egypt was not merely by God’s power in the plagues and judgments, but through the sacrificial blood of the Passover sacrifice. In our passage, the Lord communicated his will for the Feast of Unleavened Bread and then Moses relayed the Lord’s instructions to the people. In this, we begin to appreciate how important the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread will function in God’s future dealings with his people. As we consider this, the morning worship service’s sermon looks at the proper response of God’s people to the Lord’s saving acts. Exodus 12:14-28 shows several proper responses by precept and the example of the Israelites. We are to remember our Savior, to teach our children, to worship him, and to believe him.
Call to Worship: Psalm 102:12
Hymn 315 [Red] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 77:11-15
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn 265 [Red] Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted This hymn by Thomas Kelly is an exquisite meditation on the atoning work of Jesus Christ. “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” is one of my favorite hymns, and I am sure many of you cherish its beautiful message as well. If you do not know this hymn, you are the worse for it. Kelly helps us feel the holiness of the Lamb slain, the true punishment due for our sins, the meek majesty of the Messiah in his suffering, and the great satisfaction that Christ’s death accomplished in our justification. Yet I chose it for those last two lines, where Kelly directs our attention to the surety of our salvation through Christ, identifying him as the Lamb. Lamb of God, for sinners wounded! Sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.
Hymn 134 [Red] O Sing a New Song to the LORD
Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:16-25 & John 11:1-27
Hymn [Insert] The Solid Rock
Sermon: A Memorial Day from Exodus 12:14-28
Hymn 359 [Blue] My Faith Looks Up to Thee
After the fellowship meal, instead of Sunday School, we will have a service devoted entirely to observing Communion together. I will be preaching.