Sunday, December 3, 2017

Welcome to church!  This first Sunday of the last month of 2017 is an extra special Sunday as along with the Word preached we are privileged also to have the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper being administered in both services today.  “Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me [visit us] with thy salvation.” Psalm 106:4. 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).   

Please note: As a church we practice not closed communion but “close communion” meaning, all of like-minded Christian faith and who are confessing believers in good standing in other faithful Bible-guided churches, are welcome to attend Lord’s Supper with us. We do ask if as visitors you wish to attend, please speak with the elders before the service. With the Lord’s Supper administration it should be noted with each drink tray, the top inner row is filled with grape juice while all the other cups are filled with wine.

Quotes to ponder:

“Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.” C.H. Spurgeon

“Christ has taken our nature into heaven to represent us, and has left us on earth with his nature to represent him.”  John Newton

“’By themselves [the sacraments] profit nothing, yet God has designed them to be the instruments of His grace; and He effects by the secret grace of His Spirit, that they should not be without benefit.’… The sacraments are primarily about God and what He does. They reveal His promises visibly and convey His benefits when we receive them in faith….The Word of God gives us something for our faith to latch onto, and the sacraments confirm tangibly that which is promised in the Word, encouraging us to keep clinging to God’s promises. ” From October Tabletalk  quoting also J. Calvin

“Whatever shocking news you’ve had in your life it is a molehill compared to the Everest news Mary was given by God.” G. Thomas

“Heaven will be a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and ever greater joy in Him.”  John Piper

Comments on being thankful from David Murray:  Thanksgiving is much more than saying “Thank you” for a present or benefit we’ve received. The world’s most prominent researcher and writer about gratitude, Robert Emmons, said it is “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life.”

We can boost gratitude in our lives by intensifying the feeling of it for each positive event, by increasing the frequency of it throughout the day, by expanding the number of things we’re grateful for, and by expressing gratitude to more people. But the most effective multiplier of gratitude, said Emmons, is humility: “At the cornerstone of gratitude is the notion of undeserved merit. The grateful person recognizes that he or she did nothing to deserve the gift or benefit; it was freely bestowed.”

Again, don’t we Christians start with such an advantage here, given that our whole faith is based on grace, the sense of a completely undeserved salvation that has been freely given us by a gracious God?

Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 203:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service – Lord’s Supper

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 60:1,3,5

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 235
  3. Scripture Reading: Malachi 4 and Luke 1:5-25

   Text: Luke 1:5-25

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 290:1,2,3,4


     Theme: The Gospel with Luke’s history on Zechariah and

     Elizabeth: So amazing! so helpful! so attractive!

  1. Singing:  Psalter 317:1,4
  2. Reading of the Form for the Celebration of the Lord’s  


  1. Singing:  Psalter 248:1,2,4
  2. Administration of the Lord Supper
  3. Table Singing:  Psalter
  4. Thanksgiving Prayer 163:2,3
  5. Singing: Psalter 375:1,3,5

* 18. Benediction

* 19. Doxology:  Psalter 315

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 203:5

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Lord’s Supper and Post Communion

                     Thanksgiving service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 397:1,2,3,4

  1.  Scripture Reading: Luke 1:25-39

    Text: same

  1. Confession of Faith
  2. Singing: Psalter 264:1,2,3,4
  3. Administration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
  4. Table Singing: Psalter 262:1,2
  5. Reading of the Remainder of the Form for the Celebration of

   the Lord’s Supper

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

*12. Singing:  Psalter 394


     Theme: Learning from Angel Gabriel’s Visit with Mary: How

      gracious and great and good is God Triune!

  1. Singing: Psalter 81:1,4
  2. Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 284:1,2,5

* 17. Benediction

* 18. Doxology: Psalter 377:1,2

* Indicates Standing