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ORDER OF WORSHIP

6-13-21

Greeting 

Call to Worship                                                                Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Invocation 

* Hymn # 302                                    “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” 

Call to Confession                                                         Psalm 25:16-18

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.  Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

Prayer of Confession 

Assurance of Pardon                                                          Psalm 25:11

For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

* Hymn of Response # 251                  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” 

* Old and New Testament Scripture Reading:

Old Testament

Law: Deuteronomy 17:1-7 (Two Witnesses)

“You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.

“If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.  On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.  The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.  So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

Prophets: Nehemiah 5:1-13 (Shaking Warned)

Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.  For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain,

that we may eat and keep alive.”  There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.”  And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards.  Now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children are as their children.  Yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but it is not in our power to help it, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.”

I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.  I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials.  I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.”  And I held a great assembly against them and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say.  So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good.  Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?  Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain.  Let us abandon this exacting of interest.  Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.”  Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them.  We will do as you say.”  And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised.  I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise.  So may he be shaken out and emptied.”  And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.

New Testament

Acts: Acts 18:1-6 (Like Apostle like apostle)

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome.  And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.  And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.  And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am innocent.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

* 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            Westminster Confession of Faith XXXII.1

Righteous Souls Made Perfect

The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption: but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them: the souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God, in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies. And the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Beside these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.

Pastoral Prayer 

* Hymn # 580                                               “Lead On, O King Eternal 

Tithes and Offerings

* Hymn # 434 (1st verse)         “Lord, Thou Lov’st the Cheerful Giver”

Lord, Thou lov’st the cheerful giver, who with open heart and hand

Blesses freely, as a river that refreshes all the land.

Grant us then the grace of giving with a spirit large and free,

That our life and all our living we may consecrate to Thee.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Sermon Series: The Gospel of Mark 

* Prayer for Illumination

* Sermon Text                                                                      Mark 6:7-32

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.  He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.  And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there.  And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”  So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.  And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known.  Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead.  That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.”  And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”  But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her.  For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”  And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death.  But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe.  When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.  For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests.  And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.”  And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”  And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?”  And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”  And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”  And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.  And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head.  He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.  When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.  And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

* 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: “The Death of the Righteous”      Pastor Michael Mock 

Sermon Outline: following

Prayer for Transformation 

Lord’s Supper: “A Meal with the Righteous” (Mark 6:29)

* Eucharistic Hymn # 470                  “How Vast the Benefits Divine” 

* Benediction

 * Departing Hymn # 727                    “Lead Me, Lord, Lead Me in Thy Righteousness”

Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness, make Thy way plain before my face.

For it is Thou, Lord, Thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety. 

 

Sermon Outline

Sermon Series: The Gospel of Mark

Sermon Text: Mark 6:7-32  “The Death of the Righteous”

Jesus braces his disciples for a life of rejection and death.

Disciples Disperse (vv. 7-13)

Sandwich

7-13:

30-32:

14-29:

Point:

Dispersed & Dependent (vv. 7-10)

Two-by-two

Exodus necessities

Application

Brace yourself

Disciples Die (vv. 14-29)

Herod

John the Baptist

Sensuality, Stupidity, Fear

Shadow of Death

Application

Disciples Rest (vv. 30-32)

Pride

Rest

Doxology: Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.  Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. (Isaiah 32:1-2)

 

     
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