September 8, 2019
Before We Worship
One of the things many honest Christians deal with is the constant sense of not having done enough. This is not so much an expression of legalism, but an expression of humility. The issue for these people is not trying to earn something from God. They are rooted surely enough in the gospel that this is no longer the pattern of temptation for them. The burden they carry is knowing God's grace, their indebtedness to him, and knowing their lives still fall short of God's glory. They are those who walk into church with faces worn with care, with sighs rather than a song.
If this is you, there is good news for you. When you are reminded of your inability to present yourself blameless to God, know that our time of worship is coming to God “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” You can't. God can. And he will.
Call to Worship
‡ Jude 24–25 (p. 1027)
‡ (Bulletin Insert) #1 “Before the Throne of God Above”
‡ Trinity Hymnal #731 “Doxology”
Prayer of Invocation
The Reading and Exposition of the Law
Exodus 20:16 (p. 61)
The Shorter Catechism Qs. 76–78
Prayer of Confession
The Proclamation of the Gospel
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16–17 ESV)
Trinity Hymnal #507 “Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat”
Presentation of Gifts and Offering
The Proclamation of God’s Word
Romans 3:21–21 (p. 941)
The Just God
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 TH #647 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” stanzas 1–3, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.
Trinity Hymnal #499 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
Family Devotion for the Week
Upcoming Events and Notices
Join us for “12 for 19” as we read 12 great books in the year 2019. In September we are reading Winston Smith’s “Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments”
Please note that the catechism lessons will resume in the fall.
September 8 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for our monthly fellowship meal.
September 14 (Saturday 10:30 AM): All men are invited to men’s brunch. Please join us for a time of encouragement and fellowship. Location and details forthcoming.
September 8: TBA
September 15: Michelle Kay