Lord’s Day Service – November 9, 2014
14.11.09 CTK Service
(General explanation of how we order our services.)
This service focuses our attention on the wondrous truth that Jesus came to seek and to save those who were poor, needy, and lost.
We begin with a call to worship from Isaiah 25:1-9:
O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2 For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the foreigners’ palace is a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5 like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.
6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7 And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
or the LORD has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
God is truly worthy of our praise because he is a “stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress.” He has brought our salvation.
We continue by asking God to help us respond with praise: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” We note, with adoration, that “Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, bought we with his precious blood.” We then lift our hearts in a Prayer of Praise and the Gloria Patri.
Central to these truths is our recognition of guilt. We are led to that recognition with Psalm 70:
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 3 Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” 4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
We then echo the sentiments of this psalm with “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” after which we join our hearts and voices in a Corporate Prayer of Confession.
We hear Good News of forgiveness and pardon from 1 Thessalonians 5:9: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We then respond with praise by singing “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above,” in which we rejoice that “we sought the Lord in our distress” and “our Savior saw our helplessness and came with peace to chear us.”
The Sermon of the day is from Luke 19:1-10, a beautiful picture of Jesus seeking a sinner that he might be saved.
We respond by singing “I heard the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto me and rest'” and by the giving of our Offering.
Because God sought us and we are accepted by him through Christ, we can boldly approach his throne with our Prayer of Intercession.
We conclude the service by being sent out into the world with “Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak, asking God that just as he sought us, so may he help us to seek the lost that we might give them the good news of salvation through Christ.