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This week we will have Wesley and Amanda Barley with us. The Barleys are missionary appointees to serve Christ in Mexico.
As we gather to worship this Lord’s Day with missionaries present with us, there will be an implicit emphasis on the Great Commission: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20) With such an emphasis, it’s important to remember that our worship as a church is really both the practice of the Great Commission as well as its end. Our worship is the Great Commission’s practice in that we gather to be instructed to do all that Christ has commanded us. Our worship is the Great Commission’s end because the making disciples of Christ who worship is the chief end of man. With this in view, we eagerly answer the call of Psalm 98:1-3: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
In the prayer service, I plan on bringing a lesson from the prayer of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2. This week, we’ll be singing “Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands” (Gray 282).
This week, Wesley Barley will be preaching in the morning service. His text is the 3rd chapter of 2 Timothy. As I often do with guest speakers, I encourage you to meditate on the passage yourself in your moments of preparation for the Lord’s Day.
Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1-3
Hymn 311 [Red] Jesus Shall Reign
Congregational Reading: Psalm 98:4-9
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 151 [Gray] Man of Sorrows, What a Name
Hymn 74 [Red] I Waited for the Lord This setting of Psalm 40 is an expression of the joyful confidence that belongs to the one who trusts in God: I waited for the LORD; he stooped and heard my cry, the psalm begins. And as he hoped in the Lord, he found that God delivered him. The second verse is where I want us to focus as we think about our service this Sunday. It shows that our faith in God is itself a means of evangelism, as others see God deliver those who trust in him: Many will see with awe, and so will trust the LORD. Blessed he who trusts in GOD, and turns not to false men. You have worked wonders, LORD; no one compares to You! Should I declare each one, their number is too great.
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 5 & Revelation 21:15-26
Hymn 307 [Red] How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Sermon: Living in Difficult Times from 2 Timothy 3
Hymn 235 [Gray] My Jesus, I Love Thee
During the Sunday School hour, Wesley Barley will be presenting the ministry he and Amanda are desiring to accomplish in Mexico.