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This Sunday, we will be observing Communion in the morning service.

Don’t forget to adjust your clocks on Saturday evening!

King David loved God’s dwelling place. In Psalm 65:4, he exclaims, “Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” That word Blessed means that the person in the Lord’s courts is fortunate or happy. David speaks of a satisfaction of being in God’s house. It is positively delighted to be near the holy God of Israel. So what is your disposition toward holy things? What is your attitude about the things of God? Are you indifferent about religious things? There are times when all of us struggle with right affections for God and Christ and the things of God. But at root, David’s response ought to be true of us all. But David’s words in Psa 65 help us understand why he found this state such a blessing. Why was he satisfied in God’s presence? Because he had found Yahweh to be a God of forgiveness and mercy. He says in the verse preceding v 4 (the verse quoted above), When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. It is when our minds recall the atoning love of God that we realize the blessing or happiness of his presence in our affections and wills. So if you find your affections not quite up to David’s high and holy standard, I urge you to remember your Savior and his justifying mercy toward you in Christ. Then you will find yourself concurring with David’s confession, and calling others to rejoice in God just as you have.

In the prayer service, we will be returning to David’s prayer of gratitude in 1 Chr 29. The service will begin with the hymn we’ll be learning during the month of November, the red hymnal’s paraphrase of Psalm 76, “God the LORD is Known in Judah” set to the wonderful old German tune NEANDER (Red 115).

The verse above speaks of the blessing upon those who “brought near” in Yahweh’s “courts.” The sermon this Sunday continues our study of Exodus 27:20-29:46 and the priests, those men who did draw near God in his dwelling place. This week’s sermon will continue to look at the splendid wardrobe of Yahweh’s priests. Among the garments we’ll consider this week are the ephod and the bejeweled breastpiece. These expositions are important, for as we hear God’s Word on these matters, we better understand the priesthood, which is itself an essential biblical idea that is still relevant to believers today.

 

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1-4

Hymn 345 [Red] Come, Thou Almighty King

Congregational Reading: Psalm 133

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:1-16 & Romans 5:12-21

Hymn 206 [Gray] Arise, My Soul, Arise I love this hymn by Charles Wesley, sung to the splendid tune LENOX by Lewis Edson. If you remember last week’s sermon on justification, you will find several truths in these stanzas that echo those themes. These themes pertaining to our salvation are especially important to recall on a Lord’s Day where we are remembering the Lord’s death at the Table. But I also chose this hymn because of a passing line in the first stanza: Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears; the bleeding Sacrifice in my behalf appears: before the throne my Surety stands: my name is written on his hands. It’s that last phrase that is important, for it points to a name being borne by our great High Priest Jesus Christ before the Father. In fact, we sing our name is “written on his hands.” This aspect of name-bearing is found twice in our sermon passage for this Sunday. But here the name isn’t on Christ’s hands, but on the High Priests’ shoulders and heart. The connection for all three is representation. The High Priest, in bearing the names of the sons of Israel on his garments, represents the sons of Israel to God in his holy place. And likewise the reference to our name in the Wesley’s hymn speaks to the truth that Christ represents us to the Father. This is what a priest does. He represents us to God and intercedes for us.  When Christ represents us, it is a surety of our salvation.

Sermon: Yahweh’s Priests II from Exodus 28:6-35

Hymn 281 [Gray] Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

The Lord’s Table

Hymn 256 [Red] A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, I will be teaching on Psalm 127.

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