August 19, 2018
Before We Worship
This week’s meditation on Psalm 144–145 is taken in its entirety from Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer.
There is a glorious individualism about Biblical religion. Think of ‘my’, nine times in the opening of Psalm 18, and its use of the first person pronoun, ‘I love I take refuge I call’. Becoming and being a Christian is not just ‘running with the pack’, is it? Conversion is an individual experience. The great question used to be, ‘Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart as your own personal Saviour.” You and him; your heart, his home. But there are other dimensions as well as the individual, and the Psalms rarely let us forget. Psalm 144 is a good example. The first eleven verses are wholly individual: there is personal trouble to be met, prayer to be made, deliverance sought, but verse 12 abruptly brings us into the bosom of the family, and verse 15 widens the scope to Yahweh’s people and their corporate blessedness. We are saved into the whole company and family of the redeemed. We do not get converted and then set about thinking of church membership; as soon as we are saved we are family members. Indeed Ephesians 2:4–6 opens a thrilling vista: in the mind and estimation of God, salvation already sits us with Christ and his redeemed in heavenly places — a situation anticipated when Psalm 23:6 talks about living in Yahweh’s house for ever. Psalm 145 takes us to the final step. It starts, ‘1 will extol’ (145:1) and ends All flesh will bless (21). What a vision!
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost—
It is a visionary hope which will one day certainly be fulfilled; it is also a present task to which we are called to set our hands. We are born again into the church; we are called and commissioned to win the world. The balance between Old and New Testaments at this point is interesting — a balance, not an exclusive approach. In the New Testament, the summons is to go out (Matthew 28:19); in the Old Testament the task is to attract in, to be the magnetic people of Deuteronomy 4:5—8. If your church and mine is not worth belonging to why should anyone want to join?
Call to Worship
‡ Psalm 144 (Trinity Hymnal p. 837)
‡ Trinity Hymnal #32 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Trinity Hymnal #731 “Doxology”
Prayer of Invocation
The Reading and Exposition of the Law
Titus 2:7–8 (p. 998)
Prayer of Confession
The Proclamation of the Gospel
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20–21 ESV)
15 “In Christ Alone”
The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) — Lord’s Day 32
Presentation of Gifts and Offering
The Proclamation of God’s Word
Amos 5:18–27 (p. 768)
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters
Rev. Ken Han
The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper
We participate in the Lord’s Supper weekly. We welcome to the Lord’s Table all baptized believers who have sincere faith in Jesus Christ, and regularly worship in a Reformed or evangelical church.
The Lord’s Supper is a sign and a seal of the new covenant blessings. When we participate in the Lord’s Supper with faith, it strengthens our bond with our covenant Lord, Jesus Christ. Thus we participate properly when we come to our Savior with faith and repentance as we renew our resolve to forsake sin and live for his glory.
The Lord’s Supper also renews our bonds with God’s covenant community, the body of believers in the local church. As we receive the Lord’s Supper, we renew our pledge to give ourselves away in loving service.
During the distribution of the bread we will sing Trinity Hymnal #647 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.
Trinity Hymnal #642 “Be Thou My Vision”
Family Devotion for the Week
The August 12, 2018 sermon, Amos 5:1–17. “The LORD Is His Name” is available on our church website. But you can catch up on older sermons from our Sermon page. You can also subscribe to sermon podcast here.
Upcoming Events and Notices
Every Lord’s Day 10:15 AM: Please join us for Hymnsing, a time of preparing our hearts for worship in praise, and for learning new hymns for worship.
Join us for “12 for 18” as we read 12 great books in the year 2018. For August we are reading Tim Keller’s “Every Good Endeavor.” And for September, John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Please let Janny Ligtenberg know if you would like to order a copy of the book.
August 19 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for the monthly fellowship potluck lunch at the Ligtenberg home.
August 26 (Lord’s Day): Please join us as we discuss Tim Keller’s “Every Good Endeavor.”
(Nursery meets in the Conference Room)
August 19: Yoori Han
August 26: Kelly Rogers