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The call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day is taken from Isaiah 49:13. It follows directly on the heels of the second of the “Servant Songs” of Isaiah. The coming Christ is chosen by Yahweh to “bring Jacob back to him” and to be “a light for the nations” (vv 5, 6). Isaiah remarkably prophesies that the servant will be simultaneously one “deeply despised, abhorred by the nation” and yet one to whom “princes … shall prostrate themselves” (v7). The Servant is moreover given “as a covenant to the people” (v 8). And it’s when he saves the people of Israel and restores the nation that the nation is urged to worship: “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.” Again, this is exuberant response prophesied of those who will see the salvation brought about by the “Servant of the Lord,” the Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. As Christians, who have put our faith in this Servant, and as believers who know that his death provides comfort for his afflicted people Israel, we ought to join in the singing and joy. And, if the Lord wills, we will do that very thing as we gather for worship this coming Lord’s Day.
In the prayer service, we will return to Daniel 9 and Daniel’s prayer of confession. We’ll sing “I in the LORD Do Put My Trust” (Red 12).
The sermon this Sunday will be on the laws concerning the observation of the Passover by non-Israelites and the institution of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As we conclude Exodus 12 and move into the beginning of chapter 13, there are still a handful of remaining observations God has given us concerning the Passover and Exodus from Egypt. Among them, we will consider carefully the significance of unleavened bread, not only in the institution of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, but as a symbol of purity and devotion to the Lord.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 49:13
Hymn 322 [Red] Praise to the Lord, the Almighty This great hymn by Joachim Neander (translated by Catherine Winkworth) is a superb expression of adoration to the true God. The first stanza extols the great power of God. The second expresses worship to God for the common grace and preservation he affords us. The third voice considers the daily providence we enjoy from God’s mercy, and the fourth verse praises God for our lives and health. Given these themes, it’s fitting that the fifth wrestles with what it does: the fact that even the wicked enjoy such blessings. But that fifth stanza also reminds us of something we see even in the Exodus of Israel from Egypt: God will not allow wickedness ultimately triumph: “Praise to the Lord, Who when darkness of sin is abounding, Who when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding, Sheddeth His light, Chaseth the horrors of night, Saints with His mercy surrounding!” The final stanza then concludes in one final with a magnificent statement of faith in God.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 123
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Ministry of Music When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Scripture Reading: Exodus 21:18-36 & John 12:1-19
Hymn 158 [Red] Before Thee Let My Cry Come Near
Sermon: Unleavened from Exodus 12:42-51, 13:3-10
Hymn 313 [Red] Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
In Sunday School, I will teach on Catechism Question 40:
Q. What is adoption?
Adoption is an act of God’s free grace,1 whereby we are received into the household of God, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.2
1 1 John 3:1 2 John 1:12; Rom 8:17