Sunday, September 24, 2017

Welcome to church today! Consider this relevant statement about “A Well-Spent Sabbath” by David Strain. “In an age of frenetic and unrelenting busyness, when technology allows us to stay plugged in to the world twenty-four-seven, when entertainment becomes the de facto purpose of so many lives, nothing could be more countercultural, nor bear more eloquent testimony to a Christian’s citizenship in another world, than a well-spent Lord’s Day.”  May God bless us today making us a faithful countercultural gospel witness, and blessing us in soul and body and mind and heart, under the ministry of His precious, and timeless gospel word!  We extend a special word of welcome to any visitors joining with us in our services.  

 

Following the morning service, after a time of fellowship and refreshments, the various children’s Sunday School classes and the Catechism class meet, as well as the Adult Education class. All visitors are most welcome to attend these classes. We pray God’s blessing on this additional ministry and instruction in the light of His word.

 


Quotes to reflect on:

“We sometimes think we have grabbed hold of God and found Him, but it is really the other way around.” G.K. Beale

 

“We cannot shield ourselves from God’s gaze by weaving fig leaves together.” Sinclair Ferguson

 

“We are to order our lives by the light of his law, not our guesses about his plan.” J.I. Packer

 

“The security of resting on Christ depends on Christ, and not on how well we rest. The secret to happy resting is confident attention to the unfailing Saviour. The enjoyment of trusting Christ will be in proportion to our conscious thinking about Him: ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee’ (Isaiah 26:3).” Michael Barrett

 

“To know God as the Master and Bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of Him, and still not go to Him and ask of Him — this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him.” John Calvin


An encouragement to pray perseveringly:

“Christ’s first vision to John teaches us that He is Almighty. He can save anyone; there is no hopeless cases with him. Spurgeon graphically portrayed this truth in a gripping story:

 

I have read of a woman who prayed long for her husband. She used to attend a certain meeting-house in the north of England, but her husband never went with her. He was a drinking, swearing man, and she had much anguish of heart about him. She never ceased to pray, and yet she never saw any result. She went to the meeting-house quite alone, with this exception, that a dog always went with her, and this faithful animal would curl himself up under the seat and lie quiet during the service.

 

When she was dead, her husband was still unsaved, but doggie went to the meeting-house. His master wondered whatever the faithful animal did at the service. Curiosity made him follow the good creature. The dog led him down the aisle to his dear old mistress’s seat. The man sat on that seat, and the dog curled himself up as usual. God guided the minister that day; the word came with power, and that man wept till he found the Savior.

 

Never give up your husbands, good women, for the Lord may even use a dog to bring them to Christ when you are dead and gone! Never give up praying, hoping and expecting. Fear not! Believe.” (From: Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 26:234—taken from commentary on Revelation by Dr. J. Beeke).


Welcome & Pre Service Singing:  Psalter 395:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 396 (Sunday School song memory work)

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 143
  3. Scripture Reading: Revelation 14

   Text: Rev. 14:13  (The seven Revelation Beatitudes are given in

   1:3,14:13,16:15,19:9,20:6,22:7,22:14.)

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 56

  1. SERMON

     Theme: The tremendous gospel tidings with the second of

     seven beatitudes in Revelation!

  1. Singing:  Psalter 420:5
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 426:1,4,8,10

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 133:3

* Indicates Standing


Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 395:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 381

  1. Scripture Reading: Luke 22:24-34

   Sermon Text: Luke 22:32 especially the second part of the verse  

   (See also Bible-based teaching of HCLD 33, page 67-68.)

  1. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)
  2. Singing: Psalter 60
  3. Prayer
  4. Offering
  5. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 324

  1. SERMON

     Theme: The Riches of True Conversion!

  1. Singing: Psalter 362
  2. Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 190

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 297:3

* Indicates Standing