Welcome to church! This first Sunday of June, 2017 is an extra special Sunday. Along with the Word preached we are privileged to have the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper administered in both services today. May God Triune bless both audible and visible preaching of His gospel word that we leave from church today knowing, “God has visited His people” (Luke 7:16b). “Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me [visit us] with thy salvation.” Psalm 106:4.
We are thankful for visitors who worship with us. Be assured we are most willing to answer as best we can any questions you may have, and we look forward to conversing with you.
Today in the church calendar year we remember in a special way also the wonders of Pentecost. As told about in Acts 2, on Pentecost Sunday, 10 days after Jesus’ ascension, and 50 days following His resurrection, the exalted Saviour, together with His Father poured out the Holy Spirit upon His followers, especially His apostles, and the great expansion of the Christian church began. Consider this great quote from L.M. Morales about Pentecost: “The Spirit’s descent, through which Jesus returns to his disciples, is the church’s ascent, this journey itself led by the Son into the Father’s house….Through the Spirit, then, the new covenant, before its full consummation is enjoyed in the new earth of the eschaton, is nevertheless a heavenly reality now. The church is a heavenly reality.” With this in view, may our worship today be a foretaste of the eternal praise and glory to come, and not one of us be found missing among the redeemed in the final day! “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on us! We pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Please note: With today’s Lord’s Supper services, as Free Reformed Churches in submission to Scripture, we practice, not closed communion, but “close communion”. This means all of like-minded faith with us who are confessing believers in other faithful Bible-guided churches are also welcome to attend Lord’s Supper with us, after making your request to the Consistory. If as visitor, and confessing Christian, you wish to attend please speak with the elders before the service. With the Lord’s Supper administration it should be noted with drink tray, the top inner row is filled with grape juice while all the other cups are filled with wine.
Some quotes to ponder:
“However weak you are, if you value supremely the atoning blood [of Christ, as confessing Christian] come to the table.” Andrew A. Bonar
“The Christian’s safety is in the knowledge of his weakness, which sends him to the Lord for strength.” Hugh Martin
“If you want to be used and sent on messages for the Lord, live near Him.” Andrew A. Bonar
“Christ’s kingdom will not tarry long when Christian people once realize that discipleship must end in apostleship, and that they are called in order that they may be sent [to bring the gospel to others].” J.D. Jones
“Self-approval is meaningless and deadly if it comes at the expense of God’s approval.” Tim Challies
“Did Jesus have a wife?
[Tough Questions About the Bible by Joel R. Beeke].
Jesus is a real man, in all ways like us except without sin [Hebrews 2:14; 4:15]. He had a mother, Mary, brothers, sisters, and friends like Simon Peter, James, John, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna [Matthew 10:2-3; Luke 8:2-3]. He honored marriage and loved children [Matthew 19:4-6; 14-15]. But He never got married or had any children of His own.
Why? For one thing, Jesus Christ is both God and man [John 1:1:14]. It would not have been right for a particular woman to be married to God. Furthermore, Christ has a special mission in life that would have made it very hard for Him to marry and have a family. He never owned a home [Luke 9:58]. After three busy years of preaching, teaching, healing, and training leaders, Christ died for sinners on the cross, rose from the dead, and went up into heaven.
Another reason He did not marry a wife is that Christ has a spiritual bride. It’s not just one person, but all the people God gave to His Son to save. The Bible calls Jesus the ‘bridegroom’ of His people [Mark 2:19-20; John 3:29]. He loved them so much that He gave Himself for them to save them from sin and make them perfectly beautiful [Ephesians 5:25-27].
Right now God’s Spirit, through the preaching of the Word, helps get us ready to meet our heavenly Husband in all purity [2 Corinthians 11:2]. One day Christ will come back for His church. They will celebrate their wedding feast with the Lord, dressed in the spiritual loveliness that He gave them [Matthew 22:1-14; Revelation 19:7-9]. Then Christ and His bride will live together forever.
Christ’s redemption of His people is the greatest love story ever told. Earthly marriage is just a faint picture of the amazing love He has for every Christian. If you are a Christian, then pray for God to fill you with the knowledge of how much Christ loves you [Ephesians 3:19]. If not, then pray for God the Father to wed your heart to Jesus Christ forever [even today!].”
Welcome & Pre Service Singing: Dox. #8 in back of Psalter * Silent Prayer
AM Service – Lord Supper
* 1. Votum and Salutation
* 2. Singing: Psalter 287
- Reading of the Law
- Singing: Psalter 142
- Scripture Reading: Romans 8:1-28
Text: Romans 8: same, especially also verse 1.
(See HCLD 24, p. 53 back of Psalter.)
* 9. Singing: Psalter 390 10. SERMON
Theme: Walking after the Spirit?!
- Singing: Psalter 255:3,4
- Reading of the Form for the Celebration of the Lord’s
- Singing: Psalter 391
- Administration of the Lord Supper
- Table Singing: Psalter 415:2,4
- Thanksgiving Prayer
- Singing: Psalter 428:1,2,5
* 18. Benediction
* 19. Doxology: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! * Indicates Standing
Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 278:1,4
* Silent Prayer
PM Service – Lord’s Supper and Post Communion
* 1. Votum and Salutation * 2. Singing: Psalter 403
- Scripture Reading:
Mark 10:35-45; Luke 9:46-56; John 19:23-27; 21:20-25
Text: John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20!
- Confession of Faith
- Singing: Psalter 277:1,2,4,6
- Administration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
- Table Singing: Psalter 377:1,2
- Reading of the Remainder of the Form for the Celebration of
the Lord’s Supper
*12. Singing: Psalter 394 13. SERMON
Theme: “The disciple whom Jesus loved”?—A gospel truth
about John, proving God’s boundless love!
- Singing: Psalter 292:1,5
- Singing: Psalter 408
* 17. Benediction
* 18. Doxology: Psalter 318:7 * Indicates Standing