December 9, 2018

Welcome to church today. Yes, all visitors too! Consider the following commentary in relation to Revelation 15 from the Reformation Heritage Study Bible note 2: “Worship and missions are intimately related. Missions aim to see God create new worshipers, while worship declares God’s worthiness of the praises of all people. Ironically, sometimes people set the two against each other: one group in the church promotes worship and neglects evangelism, while another group does the opposite. Why can we never be faithful worshipers without missions? Why must missions be grounded in worship?” Does our coming to church reflect true desire to worship the one true God and hearty zeal also for the further outreach of the gospel message in this sin-sick fallen world?

Quotes to reflect on:

“Contentment is not by addition but by subtraction: seeking to add a thing will not bring contentment. Instead, subtracting from your desires until you are satisfied only with Christ brings contentment.” Jeremiah Burroughs

“An uncertain and minimalist approach to the doctrine of creation opens the door for serious errors to enter the church, such as the evolution of man from animals or the denial that Adam and Eve were real, historical people. Happily, a robust doctrine of creation provides a strong foundation for our faith.” Joel Beeke

“WORRY: Glancing at God while gazing at circumstances.  TRUST: Glancing at circumstances while gazing at God.” Taken from a Ligonier posting

“Man’s disposition [by nature] voluntarily so inclines to falsehood that he more quickly derives error from one word than truth from a wordy discourse.” J. Calvin

“BE SILENT:

 – In the heat of anger (Prov. 14: 17)

 – When you don’t have all the facts (Prov. 18:13)

 – When you haven’t verified the story (Deut. 17: 6)

 – If your words will offend a weaker person (I Cor. 8:11)

 – When it is time to listen (Prov. 13:1)

 – When you are tempted to make light of holy things (Eccl. 5:2)

 – When you are tempted to joke about sin (Prov. 14:9)

 – If you would be ashamed of your words later (Prov. 8:8)

 – If your words would convey the wrong impression (Prov. 17:27)

 – If the issue is none of your business (Prov. 14:10)

 – When you are tempted to tell an outright lie (Prov.4:24)

 – If your words will damage someone else’s reputation (Prov.   

    16:27)

 – If your words will damage friendships (Prov. 16:28)

 – When you are feeling critical (James 3:9)”  

                                                        Taken from a website posting

 Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 399:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 261

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing:  Psalter 103

5. Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:1-15 & Ephesians 3:14-21

   Text: Genesis 18:14

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8.  Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 422:1,5

10. SERMON

     Theme: Nothing is too hard for the LORD!

11. Singing:  Psalter 161:1,4,5,8

12. Thanksgiving Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 152

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 400:1,7

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 399:4

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 136

3. Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 2

   Sermon Text: I Corinthians 2: 14 (See also Canons of Dort,

   Chapters III/IV: Article 1-6, pages 106-7 in back of Psalter.)

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

5. Singing: Psalter 389:1,5

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 353

10. SERMON

     Theme: Getting the bad news of the only good news right,

     and how it is REALLY bad!

11. Singing: Psalter 65:2,4

12. Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 401

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 87:1,2

* Indicates Standing