Sunday, September 3, 2017

A warm welcome is extended to all as we meet together for Christian worship today. We are glad for all visitors who join with us too. “With joy I heard my friends exclaim, Come, let us in God’s temple meet; Within thy gates, O Zion blest, Shall ever stand our willing feet….How beautiful does Zion strand; A city built compact and fair; The people of the Lord unite, With joy and praise to worship there.” Psalter 350:1&2 based on Psalm 122.

This afternoon we will have a Preparatory sermon in connection with the Lord’s Supper services next Sunday, God willing. With the Lord’s Supper sacrament, as a congregation we practice “close communion”, meaning that the table is open to all confessing members in good standing as well as visitors who have made prior arrangements with the elders. If you are visiting with us and would like to partake, please see the elders about your request to attend the Lord’s Supper with the confessing believers of this congregation.

Some quotes to think about:

“Most objections to Christianity arise from an absence of conviction of sin.” Iain Murray

“Truth may resound in a creed, but truth’s abode must be in a person’s soul for it to be handed down from generation to generation.” Chris Larson

“The usefulness of servants of Christ is related to the holiness of their lives.” Iain Murray

“It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus.” M’Cheyne

“And also, there is the fact that if we know him, we have been given that knowledge by the Holy Spirit—it is the Holy Spirit who has given us faith in Christ. And the Holy Spirit’s work is one. He doesn’t give a person faith in Christ as a Saviour from sin—from the guilt of the sin—and not also give that person a desire for holiness. The whole work is one. If he has done anything in us savingly, he has done everything in us savingly. He has made us look to God to deliver us both from sin’s guilt, and also from sin’s power. So, if we know him, we will keep his commandments, because our knowledge of him depends on the work of the Holy Spirit within us, which work is one, and part of that work is to make believers holy. Our desire in knowing God is to be in communion with him, in conformity with him, who is light and who is love. And how can we wish to be in communion with God and to have conformity to God without wishing to be obedient to his commandments?” Hugh Cartwright

Welcome & Pre Service Singing:  Psalter 413:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 259:1,2,3,4

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 89
  3. Scripture Reading: Job 28:12-28 and Colossians 2:1-10

   Text: Colossians 2:3

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 94:1,2,3,4



     Finding ultimate wisdom and knowledge in Christ Jesus!

  1. Singing:  Psalter 40:3,4,5,6
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 237

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: # 8 May the grace of Christ the Saviour…etc.

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 413:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Preparatory Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 378

  1. Scripture Reading: Colossians 3

   Sermon Text: Colossians 3:11b  (See also HCLD 30, page 62.)

  1. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)
  2. Singing: Psalter 27
  3. Prayer
  4. Offering
  5. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 242


     Theme: Self-examining confessing Christ, as your all in

     all…and HCLD 30!

  1. Singing: Psalter 422:1,3,5
  2. Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 401

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 315

* Indicates Standing

Some helpful thoughts in regards to self-examination before Lord’s Supper by Dr. G.M. Bilkes of PRTS.

“When we examine ourselves prior to going to the Lord’s Supper, we do so not to find in ourselves the ground to go to the table, for we will never find what we need in ourselves. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. Someone who is happy with his self-examination or with himself is not a fit participant at the Lord’s Table.

Perhaps you are confused. How can I say that self-examination is beautiful? It is beautiful for four reasons:

It cannot be done by true Christians without leading us to mourn over our sins, and isn’t that beautiful?

It cannot be done by true Christians without leading us to wonder that God has not given us over to ourselves, and isn’t that beautiful?

It cannot be done by true Christians without ultimately making us seek refuge with the Surety, [Christ Jesus, the complete Saviour for sinners like us] and isn’t that beautiful?

It cannot be done by true Christians without leading us to seek with God all that we need to lead holy lives, and isn’t that beautiful?

Or, to put it succinctly, self-examination itself is a grace of the Holy Spirit when we, by the light of the Word of God, examine ourselves, confess our sins, and return to the Lord, and isn’t such a grace both necessary and beautiful because of it?

I can assure you that those places where self-examination is taken seriously as a scriptural duty are places where the Lord will see more beauty in His people, for He will see more of the graces of humility, of repentance, and of flying to Christ. [The Lord’s Supper] is a beautiful sacrament.” (Taken from Chapter 8 on “The Beautiful Sacraments of Christ’s Bride” in the book entitled, The Beauty & Glory of Christ’s Bride, edited by Joel R. Beeke.)