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ORDER OF WORSHIP

2-16-20

Prelude 

Greeting and Announcements

Meditation

Christian worship is inspired by the Spirit, empowered by the Spirit, directed by the Spirit, purified by the Spirit, and bears the fruit of the Spirit. Christian worship is Spirit-filled.

Hughes Oliphant Old, Worship Reformed According to Scripture, rev. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 5. 

Call to Worship                                                                     Psalm 145:10

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!

Invocation 

* Hymn # 17 (Based on Psalm 145) “Praise the Lord: Ye Heavens Adore Him” 

Call to Confession                                                         Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Prayer of Confession 

Assurance of Pardon                                                         Psalm 66:16-20

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.  17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.  18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.  19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

* Hymn # 9                                       “All You That Fear Jehovah’s Name” 

* Old and New Testament Reading:

(OT) Genesis 15:6–21; Isaiah 51:1–3; Psalm 32:1–2

(NT) John 8:50–59

Old Testament

Law: Genesis 15:6–21 (Justified by Faith in the Covenant of Grace)

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. 11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”

Prophets: Isaiah 51:1–3 (The Rock from which You Were Hewn)

1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.  2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him.

3 For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Writings: Psalm 32:1–2 (The Blessedness of Divine Forgiveness)

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

New Testament

Gospels: John 8:50–59 (Abraham Rejoiced to See My Day)

50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

* Pastor: This is the Word of our God.

* Congregation: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.

Affirmation of Faith                                                 Shorter Catechism 33

Q.What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein He pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

Pastoral Prayer

* Hymn # 34                                                “The God of Abraham Praise” 

Tithes and Offerings 

* The Hymn of Response # 432                 “We Give Thee But Thine Own”

We give Thee but Thine own, whate’er the gift may be:

All that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Prayer for Illumination 

Sermon Series: Romans 

* Sermon Text                                                                    Romans 4:1-12

1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

* Pastor: Thus far the reading of God’s holy Word. And may God add His blessing to the reading of His Word.

* Congregation: Thanks be to God! 

Sermon Title: “Grace for the Footsteps of Faith”        Pastor Joshua Owen

Sermon Outline: Grace for the Footsteps of Faith

* Hymn of Response # 524                     “Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ” 

Lord’s Supper: “The Lord’s Supper as Beatitude”                    Romans 4:7-8

* Eucharistic Hymn, Hymn Supplement pg. 10  “The Power of the Cross”

* Benediction 

* Departing Hymn # 386 (1st Stanza) “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”

God be with you till we meet again; by His counsels guide, uphold you,

with His sheep securely fold you: God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet;

till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.

     
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