December 16, 2018

“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1. Welcome to our two church worship services today. As congregation we have a special and full Sunday! Immediately following the morning service today, there will be a short Sunday School program. All the congregation is invited to participate with the children in remembering “the glad tidings of good things” with Jesus’ coming into this world to serve as Saviour of sinners.  

Quotes to reflect on:

“The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is in hoping to discover in themselves that which is to be found in Christ alone.” A.W. Pink

“Unsought, Thou hast given me the greatest gift, the person of Thy Son, and in Him, Thou wilt give me all I need.” From “The Prayer of Love” in The Valley of Vision.

“Contending for the faith does not begin with a direct attack against error, but rather with a lifestyle of godliness built on biblical truth. Personal piety is the best protection against ungodliness. The holiness of the whole church is more important than public action against error. Showing compassion to the perishing should come after we are grounded in the most holy faith and when we are actively avoiding all associations with error that tarnish our witness. How can you grow in both godliness and compassion without compromise?  RHSB note 1 on Jude.

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” — Robert Murray M’Cheyne

“If only people could see the demons behind the so-called pleasures and privileges of this world, they would shrink back and cry out in horror. Behind the beautiful hair of the seductress or the gleaming gold crown of the conqueror is a locust with the teeth of lions and sting of scorpions. Pray for God to enable you to see the evil of sin, not just in its consequences but also in its hatred against God, so that you might thoroughly repent of sin.” RHSB note 1 on Revelation 9.

Helpful Biblical Parenting Instruction:

For a really helpful interpretation of the “spanking” texts in Proverbs,  [consider this] short article by Paul Wegner titled, “Discipline in the Book of Proverbs: ‘To Spank or Not To Spank?’.” In this article, Wegner argues that the Proverbs in question reveal six different levels of discipline available to parents, one of which is corporal punishment (#6).

    Level 1. Encourage proper behavior: A wise parent encourages a child to behave properly (Prov. 1:8-92:2-53:13-154:7-8).    

    Level 2. Inform of improper behavior: A wise parent is proactive and addresses certain issues before the child might be confronted by them (Prov. 1:10-153:31-32).  

    Level 3. Explain the negative consequences of sin: A wise parent points out the negative consequences that lie along the path of life (Prov. 1:18-195:3-6).  

    Level 4. Gently exhort: Wise parents will, on an ongoing basis, advise and exhort their children against sin that can easily become a pattern and encourage them to use wisdom (Prov. 4:1-214-16).    

    Level 5. Gently rebuke or reprove: The wise parent knows when to use rebuke properly (Prov. 3:1224:24-25).  

    Level 6. Corporal punishment that does not cause physical harm: A wise parent knows when to use corporal, non-abusive punishment (Prov. 19:1813:2423:13-1429:15).

 Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 190:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 71:1,3,4,5

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing:  Psalter 60

5. Scripture Reading: Isaiah 8:19-9:13 and Matthew 4:12-16

   Text: Isaiah 9:1-13, especially verses 6 & 7

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8.  Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 240:1,2,4

10. SERMON

     Theme: God’s Old-time, All-time Gospel Word—

     Truth, So a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _!

     So g _ _ __ _ _ _!

     And, So e _ _ _ _ _ _!

11. Singing:  Psalter 354:1,5,6

12. Thanksgiving Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 121

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 315

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 190:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 251

3. Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18

   Sermon Text: Same, especially John 1 verses 12&13   

   (See also Canons of Dort chapter ¾ Articles 7-10, p. 107 in back

   of Psalter.)

4. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)

5. Singing: Psalter 351

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 281

10. SERMON

     Theme: Salvation is all of God’s grace alone!

     Something ever to acknowledge most t _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _,

      h _ _ _ _ _, s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, t _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _,

      and j _ _ _ _ _ _ _!

11. Singing: Psalter 328

12. Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 290:1,2,3,4,5

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 291:12

* Indicates Standing