Morning Worship: August 9, 2020
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1
Silent Prayer of Preparation
God’s Greeting of Grace, Mercy and Peace
*Call to Worship: Psalm 118:27-29
*Prayer of Adoration
*Hymn of Adoration: RT 166 Wondrous King, All-Glorious
Confession of Sin: Almighty God, we acknowledge and confess that: We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed; We have not loved You with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind; We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, and the good we have left undone. Lord, You are full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; there is always forgiveness with You! Restore to us the joy of Your salvation; Bind up that which is broken, Give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls. Speak to each of us, and let Your word abide with us until it has wrought in us Your holy will. Amen
Silent Prayer & Assurance of Pardon: Romans 5:15-21
Confession of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q33. 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.
Q34. What is adoption?
A. Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of, the sons of God.
Q35. What is sanctification?
A. Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
Q36. What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption and sanctification?
A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption and sanctification, are, assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.
*Song of Praise: RT 441 Jesus Shall Reign
RT 188 Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting
Prayer of Supplication: (see insert)
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 33:12-34:9
Sermon Text: Colossians 1:1-2
Sermon: Grace to You and Peace
Theme: In Christ, God Himself gives the faithful saints grace and peace.
- The Apostle of Christ, v. 1
- The Colossians in Christ, v. 2a
- The Message from Christ, v. 2b
Prayer of Application ending in the Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn of Response: RT 460 Amazing Grace
Prayer for Tithes and Offerings
*Doxology: RT 731
*Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
Closing Comment: You say “Tomorrow, tomorrow I will repent,” when you know not what a tomorrow will bring forth. Alas! how many thousand ways may death surprise you before tomorrow comes! Though there is but one way to come into the world–yet there are a thousand thousand ways to be sent out of the world. Oh, the diseases, the hazards, the dangers, the accidents, the deaths–which daily, which hourly attend the life of man! Ah friends! it is a dangerous thing to make repentance to be the task of old age. The longer any man defers his repentance, the more difficult it will be for him to repent: his heart will every day grow more and more hard, and his will more and more perverse, and his judgment more and more corrupted, and his affections more and more disordered, and his conscience more and more benumbed or enraged, and his whole life more and more defiled and debauched.
Friends, do not deceive yourselves! Old age is but a tottering and sinking foundation for you to build your eternal hopes and happiness upon–your eternal making or marring upon! Are the dog-days of old age–are the trembling hands, the wrinkled face, the failing eyes, the gasping lungs, the fainting heart, the feeble knees, and the broken down legs–are these a sacrifice worthy of a majestic God? Is a body full of sores, aches, and diseases–and a soul full of sin–an offering worthy of a holy God? Surely not! Oh, what madness, what wickedness is this: to serve Satan, your lusts, and this world with full dishes–and to put off God with scraps! To serve Satan, your lusts, and this world in the flower, in the prime and primrose of your days–and to put off God with the dregs of old age! Oh, do not let Satan deceive you, do not let your own hearts delude you! (Thomas Brooks, continued from last week).