Notes (near transcript) of Sermon 1/27/13

The Now and Future Kingdom

Intro:

Do you have an over-realized eschatology?

Do you have an under-realized eschatology?

Eschatology– a theological word. Simple explanation: eschaton “last” -completion, final blessings.

An over-realized eschatology would be one where a believer thinks that all the powers and promises and blessings of heaven are here NOW. It is only a matter that the believer “claim” these promises by faith and they will be received. If they are not received it is due to the lack of faith of the believer. i.e. healing and health, financial supply, victory over sinful habits are ours for the taking “by faith”

This viewpoint is characteristic of some Pentecostal/charismatic churches.

A rather odd outlier cult that believes something like this is the so-called “Christian Science Church” which teaches that sickness is an illusion. Chr.Sci. practitioners teach followers that if they will believe they are well, they will be well.

An under-realized eschatology focuses on the darkness and sinfulness of the world and expects and experiences very little of the blessings promised to believers.

  • At best it provides the promise of heaven.
  • At worst it provides an excuse for a Christian life that is defeated by sin and its effects with no hope of deliverance except in heaven.

Years ago I heard a preacher in a Presbyterian Church in Chicago tell a story about a woman who came a rather staid and formal church service. She sat in the service soaking in every word and song about Jesus. She got excited a few times and said out-loud “praise the Lord,” “halleluiah,” “glory to God.” After a few of these outbursts of joy an usher came to where she was sitting and told her to be quiet. She apologized and answered exuberantly, “Oh, I’ve met Jesus and I just can’t get over it.” The usher answered, ‘that may be madam, but you did not meet him here’

That is the sort of church characterized by an under-realized eschatology.

What does this have to do with Jesus’ parable in Luke 19:11-27?

Remember the situation: Jesus is on a Journey to Jerusalem.

He is doing amazing things, such as healing, deliverance, teaching about a revolution where God’s kingdom raises the faithful poor and casts down the rich despots.

He is teaching and pronouncing blessing on those who were considered unimportant: Children, women, poor, Gentiles….and lately a chief tax gatherer named Zacchaeus. In fact he has just announced “Salvation” to Zacchaeus’ house with a wonderful transforming response on the part of Zacchaeus!

It is more than likely that some of those watching and hearing are thinking that the Kingdom is ready to appear in all its eschatological fullness…. as soon as Jesus reaches Jerusalem.

Jesus has tried to make it clear:        And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. (Luke 18:31-34 ESV)

But, they are not getting his words: they did not grasp what was said.

Now we may understand the parable:

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore,

“A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’

BTW: This actually did happen in 4 BC when Archelaeus went to Rome seeking to be made king:

He was the son of Herod the Great, the brother of Herod Antipas, and the half-brother of Herod Philip I.

Archelaus received the Tetrarchy of Judea by the last will of his father, though a previous will had bequeathed it to his brother Antipas. He was proclaimed king by the army, but declined to assume the title until he had submitted his claims to Caesar Augustus in Rome. Before setting out, he quelled with the utmost cruelty a sedition of the Pharisees, slaying nearly three thousand of them. In Rome he was opposed by Antipas and by many of the Jews, who travelled there to testify against him, who feared his cruelty; but in 4 BCE Augustus allotted to him the greater part of the kingdom.

So Jesus is using a past current event to illustrate something: Archelaus had been named king, but went away to get royal authority and then returned to rule.

Jesus was teaching them that although He is king by rights, he must go away to receive the Royal Authority before the kingdom will be fully realized. This is the true eschatology: The kingdom really has come in Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David the King, but there are aspects of it that are some distance future.

What should Jesus’ faithful disciples do in the interim?

He is going to be rejected, condemned, killed, rise from the dead… and ascend to heaven.

What should his disciples do while they await the full redemption, the fullness of the Kingdom?

v. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’

“Ten” represents the full number of his disciples, and a fullness of gifts to use.

They are to ‘Engage in business until I come.’ That is, do the work of the kingdom!

          And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

This is what Jesus’ disciples are to do NOW! We live in the interim. Christ has ascended and is at the right hand of God. “and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.”

We are to engage in the business of his Body, the church, the new society of God.

WCF 25 “The visible church….…is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God…”

(1 Corinthians 12:12-26 ESV)

          For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

          For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

          The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

The church is to proclaim the gospel- the good news of a present and future SALVATION……and we are to demonstrate the same by the way we live in the Body and in the world around.

We are to be the kindest, most gracious, most charitable, most loving people because we have been given the undeserved kindness of God!

We are to live in the light of the 100% forgiveness of sins purchased for us by Christ’s death on the cross and received by faith, given and nurtured in the means of grace ordained by Christ in his church.

We are to preach the gospel and send the gospel messengers throughout the world which IS Christ’s greater domain!

We are to do this in a world rife with sin and its devastating effects, but with sure and certain hope in the future restoration of all things.

15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’

What is in view here? What is Jesus telling them?

Answer: He is telling them that they must use the gifts of grace He has given to them for the Kingdom! Spiritual gifts, callings, offices, talents, temperaments, training, time!  It is not that everyone will do the same thing but that everyone will do something appropriate to their endowment.

He is promising to bless them and reward them for their faithful service.

Not salvation by works, but works by salvation!

He is showing them that there are different circumstances and situations in which they will serve with different results:

(1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV)

          Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Our missionaries in Karamoja, Uganda have a great and arduous task!

The Karamoja region in northeast Uganda is the most marginalized in the country and one of the least developed in the world. Home to cattle-herding nomads, Karamoja has been trapped in a cycle of conflict and neglect for generations as clans of warriors have battled the government—and each other—for cattle and survival. Meanwhile the region continues to hemorrhage people as they leave to eke out a living begging on the streets of Uganda’s bustling capital, Kampala. Invisible even in their own country, are the lives of ordinary Karamojong, from cattle rustlers to child beggars.

And yet:

The Karimojong have immeasurable pride in their traditional way of life, and many have remained resistant to change no matter the force trying to change them. After all, in a desert-like land, the Karimojong have survived for centuries, and sometimes survival is all that matters.

Our Missionaries: Painfully slow work! Many hours of highway travel from Kampala to Mbale then a 40 mile dirt road trip just to get there. A clinic with doctor and nurse, an evangelist/pastor and family, a missionary deacon and family.

A congregation of Jesus Christ! The kingdom has come and yet it must come as the believers “engage in the King’s business” in remote Karamoja

While I was writing this sermon: My Daughter-in-law, who works with very poor immigrants wrote this on Facebook:
This morning I saw a cruel reality…. a 14 yr old and her mom waiting in the pavilion of a growers nursery to start working at 7 am but got there at 5:30 am because that is the only ride they have. The pavilion has no windows or doors to protect them from the cold weather, no coffee pot… the saddest part of all, this girl will not go to school and get an education, not get a better job. A cycle of poverty will be repeated because it is her duty to help her family by working- not by going to school. What is it that I can do, O Lord?

I do not have the answers to all the problems of this world, but Jesus Christ has given to His 10 (full measure of his Body) a 10 (full measure of his gospel and grace gifts) to us to ‘engage in kingdom works” until he comes.

God has given some of the gifts and answers to you!

Recently, two women in this congregation decided to offer to serve some of our young adults by an act of gracious hospitality! Will this save the world?

It will do something in that direction! Something is much when God is in it! Something is better than NOTHING! Something is an act of love and faith and stewardship of grace gifts.

20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’” (Luke 19:11-27 ESV)

Someday Christ our King will return.

What will he say to us?

  • The church is to proclaim the gospel- the good news of a present and future SALVATION……and we are to demonstrate the same by the way we live in the Body and in the world around.
  • We are to be the kindest, most gracious, most charitable, most loving people because we have been given the undeserved kindness of God!
  • We are to live in the light of the 100% forgiveness of sins purchased for us by Christ death on the cross and received by faith, given and nurtured in the means of grace ordained by Christ in his church.
  • We are to preach the gospel, send the gospel messengers throughout the world which IS Christ’s greater domain!
  • We are to do this in a world rife with sin and its devastating effects, but with sure and certain hope in the future restoration of all things.

We are to “engage in this business” until The King returns.

How is your eschatology? Over-realized or Under-realized?

Amen.

Worship January 20, 2013 Epiphany Season

The Lord’s Day

Epiphany Season

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able

Welcome                                                    

Introit:                  The Lord Is In His Holy Temple                         B. Vallandingham

 Apostolic Greeting

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song;sing to the LORD, all the earth!

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,          his marvelous works among all the peoples!

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn  100                               Holy, Holy, Holy                                NICAEA

*Prayer of Adoration

Minister:All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for the Manifestation of Christ, your Son to redeemyour people; and we gathered here in your name join with all those who have seen His glory. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

God Purifies Us by His Grace(1 John 2:7-11)

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

(Private confession in silence)

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins
that we may delight in your will,  and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in 1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

*Hymn 76 (Stanza 4 unaccompanied)  Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven        LAUDA ANIMA

God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49:8-13

Psalm 46 sung                                                                                PETERSHAM

New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:18-30 and 19:1-10

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Capture us, O God, with your truth and open our hearts and our minds to your wondrous love.
Speak your word to us; silence in us any voice but your own and be with us now as we turn our attention our minds and our hearts, to you, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sermon: Zacchaeus and  the other Rich Ruler   The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 613      Give Thanks Unto the Lord Jehovah                         RENDEZ A DIEU

Our Confession of Faith

The Nicene Creed p. 846 TH

God Feeds Us at His Table

The invitation

Minister: Listen to the welcoming words our Savior Christ says to all who turn to him:

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)

Minister: Hear the words of Paul, the Lord’s apostle:

‘The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ (1 Timothy 1:15)

All who are baptized, who love and trust in Jesus Christ and live for him in the fellowship of his body, the church are welcome to receive the holy supper. We are taught in Scripture that we must not deny this profession by ongoing and unrepentant sin. As we eat and drink together we must discern that we are one body in Christ, reconciled to him and to one another by his death for us.  If we fail to discern this we incur judgment on ourselves.So let us examine ourselves to see whether such discernment is ours. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34a)

Prayer for Purity

All: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*The Great Thanksgiving

Minister:  The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

Minister:  Lift up your hearts.

People:     We lift them up unto the Lord. (Ephesians 2:4, 6 “But God..raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”)

Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:    It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Minister:   It is indeed right, a joyful thing, and our duty, at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be made manifest to all nations for us; that he might destroy the works of the devil and deliver us and all the world from Satan’s thralldom.

Therefore with angels, and archangels and all the company of heaven we join to praise you forever singing:

Sanctus and Benedictus (sung)                          AFTER NICAEA arr. T. Sills

The Thanksgiving, Institution and Consecration (seated)

Praise and thanks to you, Father in heaven: For on the night on which he was betrayed your Son Jesus Christ took bread and gave you thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:

 “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20)
Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit into the midst of your Church. In our gathering before your throne, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

All: Amen.

Minister: The Peace of the Lord be with you.  Let us eat and drink as God’s reconciled children.

We Partake of the Body and Blood of Christ by Faith through the Holy Spirit

The distribution of the bread (please retain the bread and eat together)

Distribution Hymn 86   The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want            BROTHER JAMES’ AIR

 “The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”(1 Corinthians 10:16)

The distribution of the cup (please retain the cup and drink together)

Hymn 429 or 232 or similar arr.                   

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16)

Minister: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food and drink of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; for he is our life, our hope and our peace.  Through him we offer our souls and bodies as living sacrifices. Send us forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

All: Amen.

We Offer Ourselves, our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

*Doxology   Hymn 731                                    OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out with His Blessing

*Hymn  642                           Be Thou My Vision                                SLANE

Organ and Piano

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

*Postlude

Lord’s Day Worship January 6th Epiphany- The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

The Lord’s Day

Epiphany Season

(The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles)

 

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

“O, wisest love, that flesh and blood which did in Adam fail, should strive afresh against the foe, should strive and should prevail.” –J. H. Newman

 

The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

          The Lord’s Day

January 6, 2013

 

Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.

 

Gathering to Worship

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able

Welcome                                                                                                                

 Introit: As with Gladness, Men of Old

 Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 98)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

All:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn  43  You Righteous, in the Lord Rejoice             OLD 113TH

* Prayer of Adoration

Minister:  O God, we praise you that you have shown your faithfulness to keep your covenant in the manifestation of your Son to the Gentiles. We adore your majesty and grace in Christ’s coming down to save us poor sinners. Glory to you in the highest!

All: Amen.  

Reconciliation with God (1 John 1:5-10)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not diligently sought to know and obey the whole counsel of your Word. In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

(Private confession in silence)
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfortfound in John3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister:Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

*Hymn                   We Three Kings of Orient Are                THREE KINGS OF ORIENT

God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-20

*Hymn 240            The King of Glory Comes (Psalm 24)              PROMISED ONE

New Testament Reading: Acts 14:1-23 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-18

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Illumine our hearts and minds by your Spirit Lord, that we may understand your word, laying it in our hearts and practicing in it in our lives. Amen.

Sermon:                    Troubled by a Baby                       The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn                   Unto Us a Boy Is Born                         PUER NOBIS NACITUR

The Apostles’ Creed

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace (giving) also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:7-9)

*Hymn 733         Doxology                   LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out to Serve

 *Hymn 213                 What Child Is This           GREENSLEEVES

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

*Postlude

Worship December 30, 2012

The Lord’s Day

Christmas Season

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

“O, wisest love, that flesh and blood which did in Adam fail, should strive afresh against the foe, should strive and should prevail.” –J. H. Newman

 

The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

          The Lord’s Day

December 30, 2012

 

Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.

 

Gathering to Worship

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able

 Welcome                                                                                                                

 Opening Sentence And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)

 Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 98)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

All:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn  214                        Angels We Have Heard on High       GLORIA

*Prayer of Adoration

Minister:We are praising you for the great gift of Jesus our Savior who is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.Through whom all things were made.

Who for us and for our salvationcame down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spiritand became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.Glory be to you, now and forever.

All:Amen.

Reconciliation with God (1 John 1:5-10)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not diligently sought to know and obey the whole counsel of your Word. In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

(Private confession in silence)

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfortfound in John3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister:Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

*Hymn 215             While By My Sheep I Watched          JUNGST

 God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 59:1-21

  Psalm 66 (sung)                      WIE SCHON LEUCHTET

 Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Illumine our hearts and minds by your Spirit Lord, that we may understand your word, laying it in our hearts and practicing in it in our lives. Amen.

Sermon: The Incarnation of God in Isaiah 59 The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 219              All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord               CANONBURY

The Nicene Creed

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace (giving) also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:7-9)

Hymn 731  Doxology                   OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People:And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out to Serve

 *Hymn 230   Thou Who Wast Rich beyond All Splendor     QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR AGREABLE

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

*Postlude

Sermon at Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve 2012

Angels are very prominent in the Readings of this Service. These are very high ranking Angels too! Whether The Angel of the LORD or Gabriel, these are Cherubim which guard God’s very throne. These High ranking Angels appear in six of the Lessons read this evening.

Years ago I took a course about angels. We learned that angels are always active in God’s work in the world, but that they are particularly active and the highest ranking ones are active, when God is doing a BIG NEW thing in his plan to save the world.

*Think back with me.

The first reading tonight was the account of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Then and there, God promised to save them by sending a Son, His Son, through the woman! Right after that, the Lord drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and He placed cherubim in the garden to guard the way to the tree of life. By guarding the way to the tree of life, these angels function as messengers of God’s punishment, but also of His grace. They barricade the way to the tree of life because eternal life is no longer found in an earthly paradise. Adam and Eve must look to the promised seed of the woman, the Messiah, who will open the way to the paradise of God. The angels turn the attention of man to the need for a Savior. They kept Adam and Eve away from the tree and out of the immediate presence of God. If they had not done so, Adam and Eve would have been consumed by the wrath of the LORD.

Years later, in the second Lesson, when God renewed his promises to save, he made a covenant with Abraham promising salvation. This was announced by The Angel of the Lord, and it was the Angel of The Lord who commanded the sacrifice of Abraham’s only Son and then rescued Isaac from the knife saying: “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

The Third and Fourth lessons tell what God’s salvation through his Son, will mean for the world and where he will be born.

The Fifth lesson tells about the Arch-angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she is the woman who will give Birth to the Savior. Mary then rejoices greatly and accepts the mission of God.

This was going to be a big problem for Mary’s betrothed husband Joseph, so in our Sixth Lesson the same Arch-angel eased removed his doubt and concern by announcing that this is God’s doing for the Salvation of the world.

Finally, in the Seventh Lesson, the angel of the Lord together with a whole army of angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds near Bethlehem and they sang: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

These are intensely frequent appearances and messages of God’s angels because God’s long ago promised salvation has come!

And that is what Saint John tells us in the Ninth Lesson. The Creator of the universe has come down from heaven, has become a human, born of a woman, to make a way for us all to come into God’s presence in Paradise. He has come to destroy our darkness by dying in our place in sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins, the darkness of sin and hell and to make a way for us to be saved, a way back to God’s fellowship in Paradise.

This salvation, this Christmas message of the angels is for you.  You are included in the word “all.”

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

This is the message of the Angels…and it is for you!

Blessed, merry Christmas!

A.M. Worship, December 16, 2012

 

 

The Lord’s Day

Advent Season

O LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Hear the voice of Jesus as he saith.

COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.

 

 

 

The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

The Lord’s Day

December 16, 2012

 

Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.

 

Gathering to Worship

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able

Welcome                                                    

Introit: O Nations, Let Us Now Prepare         R. Toensing       Gloria Deo Choir

 

Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn                  Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People                      THIRSTING

* Prayer of Adoration

Minister: All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for the Advent of God, the Son to redeem your people; and we gathered here in your name join with all those who waited for this great salvation. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Reconciliation with God     (1 John 2:7-11)

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Unison Prayer of Confession

All: Most merciful God, we acknowledge that you are our God and that we have covenanted to be your people. But we confess that there are times when we fail to live out that covenant in our lives. We sometimes neglect opportunities to love others. We sometimes allow fear to rule our actions. Sometimes, we follow the desires of our own heart instead of seeking your presence and will.

Silent confession

Holy God, forgive us for what we have done and for what we have left undone. Remind us again of your presence near us and in us. Free us from guilt, shame, and doubt. Help us to see you in the moment-by-moment possibilities to live with integrity, to act courageously as your people, and to speak the love of God in all of our words and actions. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in 1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

 

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:22-23 ESV)

*Hymn 460 (Stanzas 1, 2, 6)             Amazing Grace           AMAZING GRACE

 

                                    God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading:  Isaiah 35:1-10

*Hymn 26     Tell Out My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord          WOODLANDS

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:35-43

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Illumine our hearts and minds by your Spirit Lord, that we may understand your word, laying it in our hearts and practicing in it in our lives. Amen.

Sermon:     Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened          The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 225                         Once in David’s Royal City                                        IRBY

The Nicene Creed

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

The invitation

Minister: Listen to the welcoming words our Savior Christ says to all who turn to him:

 

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)

 

All who are baptized, who love and trust in Jesus Christ and live for him in the fellowship of his body, the church are welcome to receive the holy supper. We are taught in Scripture that we must not deny this profession by ongoing and unrepentant sin. As we eat and drink together we must discern that we are one body in Christ, reconciled to him and to one another by his death for us.  If we fail to discern this we incur judgment on ourselves. So let us examine ourselves to see whether such discernment is ours. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34a)

Prayer for Purity

All: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*The Great Thanksgiving

 

Minister:  The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

Minister:  Lift up your hearts.

People:     We lift them up unto the Lord. (Ephesians 2:4, 6 “But God..raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”)

Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:    It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Minister:   It is indeed right, a joyful thing, and our duty, at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, was made very man, of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother; and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin.

Therefore with angels, and archangels and all the company of heaven we join to praise you forever singing: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! 

The Institution and Consecration

Praise and thanks to you, Father in heaven: For on the night on which he was betrayed your Son Jesus Christ took bread and gave you thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:

 “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20)
Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit into the midst of your Church. In our gathering before your throne, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

All: Amen.

Minister: The Peace of the Lord be with you.  Let us eat and drink as God’s reconciled children.

The distribution of the bread (please retain the bread and eat together)

Distribution Hymn 205    Away in a Manger                                  CRADLE SONG

“The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”   (1 Corinthians 10:16)

The distribution of the cup (please retain the cup and drink together)

 (Piano or Oragn no congregation)  Hymn 217 or 220 similar arr.                   

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16)

Minister: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food and drink of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; for he is our life, our hope and our peace.  Through him we offer our souls and bodies as living sacrifices. Send us forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

All: Amen.

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

*Doxology   Hymn 731                                    OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People:  And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out to Serve

 *Hymn 194          O Come, O Come, Emmanuel        VENI EMMANUEL

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

*Postlude

1. We get a Glimpse of the coming of God’s Kingdom: Restoration

v.35-40

2. We see a clear understanding of what is required to be saved: Faith

v. 38-42

3. We receive a present view of the future kingdom and one of the ways we participate in it: Thanksgiving.

v. 43 And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

Monday Galatians 4:1-7

Tuesday 2 Samuel 7:8-13

Wednesday Matthew 1:1-17

Thursday Isaiah 9:1-7

Friday Luke 18:35-43

Saturday Ruth 1:1-22

 

Advent Season

 

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying, a call from the ways untrod:

Prepare in the desert a highway, a highway for our God!

The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hills brought low;

make straight all the crooked places where the Lord our God may go!

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up to the heights and sing!

Proclaim to a desolate people the coming of their King.

Like the flowers of the field they perish, like grass our works decay,

the power and pomp of nations shall pass like a dream away;

but the word of our God endureth, the arm of the Lord is strong;

he stands in the midst of nations, and he will right the wrong.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, the lambs he’ll gently hold;

to pastures of peace he’ll lead them, and bring them safe to his fold.

 

James Lewis Milligan (1876-1961)

 

 

 

 

The Lord’s Service

 

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

          The Lord’s Day

 

December 9, 2012

 

 

Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.

 

 Gathering to Worship

 We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

 

*indicates standing for those who are able

Welcome                                                                                                                

Introit: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People  (the introit text is on front page)

Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

 

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

*Call to Worship (Psalm 96) Beth, you may reformat this Psalm for space needs.

 

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song;

 

sing to the LORD, all the earth!

 

Sing to the LORD, bless his name;

 

tell of his salvation from day to day.

 

Declare his glory among the nations,

 

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

 

For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;

 

he is to be feared above all gods.

 

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

 

but the LORD made the heavens.

 

Splendor and majesty are before him;

 

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

 

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,

 

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

 

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

 

bring an offering, and come into his courts!

 

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;

 

tremble before him, all the earth!

 

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!

 

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

 

he will judge the peoples with equity.”

 

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

 

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

 

let the field exult, and everything in it!

 

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

 

before the LORD, for he comes,

 

for he comes to judge the earth.

 

He will judge the world in righteousness,

 

and the peoples in his faithfulness.

 

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

 

*Hymn 162               Of  the Father’s Love Begotten           DIVINUM MYSTERIUM

(4th stanza unaccompanied)

 

* Prayer of Adoration

 

Minister: All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for rescuing and redeeming your people throughout history; and we gathered here in your name join with them as co-heirs and of this great salvation. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

 

Reconciliation with God     (Amos 2:4-8)

 

Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have rejected the law of the LORD,         and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked. So I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”

 

Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals—those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth          and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned; they lay themselves down beside every altar    on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

 

Unison Prayer of Confession Beth, you may reformat this Psalm for space needs.

 

God of publicans, Be merciful to me a sinner;

 

I am a sinner by nature and practice.

 

Your Word tells me and I can’t deny it.

 

Yet You have not left me to despair,

 

for I see the saving power of Jesus in the gospel.

 

In spite of the number of my sins,

 

as uncountable as the sands of the sea,

 

You have given me a sign of Your favor

 

in Your merciful Son, for His blood cleanses all those countless sins.

 

I am encouraged by His all-sufficiency,

 

and to Him like a sheltered port, I come in the midst of storms.

 

To the fountain of forgiveness He opened at the Cross,

 

I come to drink.

 

Sin is hateful to You,

 

but, alas, not so to me.

 

Change that, do not make me happy with myself

 

when I do not long to be holy like Yourself,

 

Let me find it all true and real in the Savior,

 

that, knowing and loving Him,

 

I grow to be more like Him.

 

In Christ’s name I come. Amen. (Stephen D. Doe suggested by a prayer in The Valley of Vision)

 

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in Micah 7:8,9

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness,         the LORD will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD       because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause       and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.

 

Declaration of Pardon

 

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

 

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:22-23 ESV)

 

*Hymn 607             Thy Lovingkindness, Lord Is Good and Free          ELLERS

 

God Speaks to Us through His Word

 

Old Testament Reading:  Isaiah 42:1-9

 

*Hymn 230     Thou Who Was Rich beyond All Splendor          QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR AGREABLE

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:1-19

 

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Illumine our hearts and minds by your Spirit Lord, that we may understand your word, laying it in our hearts and practicing in it in our lives. Amen.

 

Sermon:                 The Company Jesus Keeps               The Rev. Stephen Doe, Evangelist

 

*Hymn 498           Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners        VENI EMMANUEL

 

The Nicene Creed

 

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

 

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

 

 Prayer of dedication

 

Items for Prayer

 

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People:  And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out to Serve

*Hymn 473         Sinners Jesus Doth Receive        JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT

 

*Dismissal and Benediction

 

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

 

*Postlude

 

“The Company Jesus Keeps” Rev. Stephen Doe

 

Theme: The Savior comes among sinners to redeem them.

 

 

 

I. Jesus was Criticized by Others

 

 

 

 

 

II. Jesus was Unafraid to be friendly

 

 

 

 

 

III. Jesus Is Showing the Church

 

 

 

Monday Ephesians 5:1-21

 

Tuesday Romans 13:8-14

 

Wednesday Matthew 11:1-19

 

Thursday Romans 14:1-23

 

Friday Luke 18:35-43

 

Saturday Psalm 69

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer for Thanksgiving Day (URCNA)

Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Our Sovereign God, who created all things for your pleasure and who gives to all life, breath, and every good thing, we praise you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life. For rain and sunshine, in abundance and in lack, we acknowledge that our times are in your hands. You supply all of your creatures with your good gifts: the just and the unjust alike. Nevertheless, we especially give you praise for the surpassing greatness of your saving grace that you have shown to us in Christ Jesus our Savior. For our election in him before the foundation of the world; for our redemption by him in his life, death, and resurrection; for our effectual calling, justification, sanctification, and all of the blessings of our union with him, we give you our heartfelt thanks. And we look with great anticipation toward that day when you will raise us to life everlasting, glorified and confirmed in righteousness, so that we may sing your praises without the defilement of our present weaknesses, distractions, and sins. As you have served us with these gifts, we ask that you would give us grateful hearts so that through us you may serve our neighbors. In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Visitor Praise for Grace and Peace June 2012

I have visited and worshiped at G&P several times over the last two months or so.  I must offer praise and thanks to be able to participate in a worship service with a Body that understands completely that corporate worship is His service, not ours.

Your classic liturgical order of worship that honor’s holy scripture across the board, would not be unique in an earlier day.  What you practice is now precious indeed.  Gratitude to the Lord for His redemptive work came across with clarity in every Service.

I have been with you occasionally due to transitioning from Maryland to Arizona where my wife (who’s been out there several months) & I are worshiping at Prescott Presbyterian OPC.

While my time of worshipping in Maryland is now past, I pray that the Body at G&P continues to thrive confessing our faith and worshiping our Triune God.

In Christ Holy name

Geoffrey Parker, Col, USAF (Ret)

AM Worship 11/11/12

Trinity Season

LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

When the style of our music is always upbeat, loud, and ascending in enthusiasm, we miss the range of biblical teaching about God, ourselves, worship, and the Christian life. To be sure, the Bible in general and the Psalms in particular include zealous praise and thanksgiving. But an over-realized eschatology has caused much of contemporary worship to get stuck in the “victory” and “excitement” mode that down-plays the reality of ongoing sin, unbelief, and disappointment, as well as the attributes of God that are most disturbing to us. This cannot help but produce weak and immature Christians who cannot stand in times of trial and testing.

Michael Horton, A Better Way: Recovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship Baker Books 2002, p. 134

Good hymns are an immense blessing to the Church of Christ. I believe the last day alone will show the world the real amount of good they have done. They suit all, both rich and poor. There is an elevating, stirring, soothing, spiritualizing, effect about a thoroughly good hymn, which nothing else can produce. It sticks in men’s memories when texts are forgotten. It trains men for heaven, where praise is one of the principal occupations. Preaching and praying shall one day cease for ever; but praise shall never die. The makers of good ballads are said to sway national opinion. The writers of good hymns, in like manner, are those who leave the deepest marks on the face of the Church.

~ J.C. Ryle

 

 

 

The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

 

          The Lord’s Day

November 11, 2012

 

Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.

 

Gathering to Worship

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

 

*indicates standing for those who are able

Welcome                                                                                                                

 

Choral Introit:

Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

Minister: Grace and peace be yours in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (from Psalm 92:1-4)

Minister: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made us glad by your work; at the works of your hands we sing for joy.

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.     

 

* Prayer of Adoration

Minister: All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for rescuing and redeeming your people throughout history; and we gathered here in your name join with them as co-heirs and of this great salvation. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Reconciliation with God     (1 John 2:15-17)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

Like lost sheep we have forsaken the whole counsel of your Word.

In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

 

(Private confession in silence)
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins
that we may delight in your will,  and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in 1 John 3:1-3

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:22-23 ESV)

 

*Hymn 43       You Righteous, in the Lord Rejoice (Psalm 33:1-12)          OLD 113TH

 

                                    God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading:  Ezekiel 34:11-16

*Hymn 85                 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want              EVAN

New Testament Letter Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-25

Gospel Reading: John 10:14-18

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

O Lord, we have read and sung portions of your holy Word. Help us now to truly understand it as you intended; that, understanding, we may believe and believing, we may follow in all faithful obedience, seeking your honor and glory in all that we do; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sermon:                       Our Good Shepherd                         The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

 

*Hymn  131     Children of the Heavenly Father                TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA       

The Westminster Confession V:V

The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave, for a season, his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends.

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory      The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want Goodall

*Doxology

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People:  And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

 

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

 

God Sends Us out to Serve

 

*Hymn 349                 O Thou Who the Shepherd of Israel Art            JOANNA

 

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.

*Postlude

Monday Ezekiel 34

Tuesday Psalm 23

Wednesday Luke 18

Thursday Isaiah 43:1-21

Friday 1 Peter 2

Saturday 2 Samuel 7:1-17

 

 

Our Good Shepherd

 

1. Our Shepherd Provides.

 

2. Our Shepherd Leads.

 

3. Our Shepherd Restores, Defends and Comforts