December 2, 2018

Welcome to church today! In this place we gather as Christian congregation for Christian worship.  Someone has defined Christian worship as among other things especially this, namely, “the savouring of the glory of God in Christ, or being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus….Worship is knowing and treasuring and showing the worth of God.” May God so bless us today that we worship Him as is His due in spirit and truth. May we leave again going on our both rejoicing in the gospel and reflecting the gospel to others in all our conversation and conduct, God helping us.  This Sunday is a special feast day for us as we have God’s dear gospel revelation to us both in word and sacrament.

Today we have Lord’s Supper celebration opportunity in both services. In our church we practice “close” communion, meaning only those members in good standing may partake. Visitors and regular attenders may also partake after receiving permission from the elders. Please take note that 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:

“I only need a mirror to see a sinner.” A. Begg

“People may be truly believing who nevertheless are sometimes doubting.” Thomas Brooks

“[The LORD] never looked for a lost sinner and came back empty-handed.” David Murray

“When I look at myself, I don’t see how I can be saved. But when I look to Christ, I don’t see how I can be lost.” Martin Luther

“Too many Christians are doctrinally malnourished, so that any bacteria or virus of heresy that comes their way soon wreaks havoc in their lives.” C. Mbewe

“To fear God is to factor Him into every thought and situation, to live in the reality of God. It is not a terror that keeps us distant from God, but a friendship that brings us under His intimate guidance.” From RHSB note on Psalm 25, especially the verses 12-14!

Something to think about! From Thomas Brooks and his book of sermons on “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ”.  “…Now in the Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest riches, the best riches, the choicest riches; in Christ are riches of justification, Titus 2:1; in Christ are riches of sanctification, Philippians 4:12-13; in Christ are riches of consolation, II Cor. 12:9; and in Christ are riches of glorification, I Peter 1:2,3…..[For our profit consider six] reasons God gives His best gifts to His [dear children]:

1.  Because He loves them with the dearest, with the choicest, and with the strongest love; therefore He gives them the best gifts.

2.  Christ gives the best gifts to His people because they are best principled and fitted to make a divine improvement [or good profitable use] of them.

3. [Christ gives the best gifts to His own] that He may the more endear the hearts of His people to Him.

4. [He gives His good gifts to His own] because Christ expects more from His people than He does from all the world besides, therefore He gives them the best gifts.

5. The Lord Jesus gives the best gifts to His own people that He may fence and strengthen them against the worst temptations.

6.  And lastly, Christ gives the best gifts to His dearest ones, that they may be an honor and praise to Him in the glorious day of His owning of them, and marriage to them before all the world.

[And for our profit further consider 8 uses of this gospel truth for the Christian]:

1. Does the Lord give the best and greatest gifts to His people? Then you that are His people, sit down and wonder at this condescending love of God.

2. Be greatly thankful, oh be greatly thankful for the great gift the Christ has bestowed on you.

3. If the Lord has given the best gifts to His people, then oh that His people would not give God the worst, but the best of everything.

4. This should bespeak [cause and lead] the people of God to trust and lean upon God for lesser gifts.

5. If the Lord has given the best of gifts to His people, this should then bespeak [cause and lead] His people, not to envy the men of the world for those lesser favors that God has conferred upon them.

6. Be not troubled for the want [or lack] of lesser gifts.

7. If the Lord has given His people the best gifts, oh then, let not them leave off that God that has bestowed such choice and noble favors on them.

8. Be not impatient nor forward [complaining or resistant] when God shall take away some lesser mercies from you.  ….”

 Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 413:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service – Lord Supper

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 431:1,3,4,6

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing:  Psalter 140 (second tune)

5. Scripture Reading: Romans 10

   Text: Romans 10:12b

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8.  Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 187

10. SERMON

     Theme: Magnifying the Saviour God being so very rich!

11. Singing:  Psalter 31:1,3,4,7

12. Reading of the Form for the Celebration of the Lord’s  

     Supper

13. Singing:  Psalter 185:1,2,3,4

14. Administration of the Lord Supper

15. Table Singing:  Psalter 284:2

16. Thanksgiving Prayer

17. Singing: Psalter 310

* 18. Benediction

* 19. Doxology:  Psalter 420:5

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 413:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Lord’s Supper and Post Communion

                     Thanksgiving service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 134

3.  Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-42

    Text: same

4. Confession of Faith

5. Singing: Psalter 309

6. Administration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

7. Table Singing: Psalter 426:7,9

8. Reading of the Remainder of the Form for the Celebration of

   the Lord’s Supper

9. Prayer

10. Offering

11. Prayer

*12. Singing:  Psalter 313

13. SERMON

     Theme: Most helpful Gospel Instruction, very fitting too for

     a post-communion thanksgiving service!

14. Singing: Psalter 90:1,4,5,7

15. Prayer

16. Singing: Psalter 406

* 17. Benediction

* 18. Doxology: Psalter 314

* Indicates Standing