Sunday Service – October 12, 2014
14.10.12 CTK Service
(General explanation of how we order our services.)
The overarching theme of this service is that God answers the cries of his people and meets their every need.
The service opens with the words of Isaiah 25:1, 6-9:
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.
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. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 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, for the LORD has spoken. 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.”
This passage gives hope that as God has helped and provided in ages past, so he will abundantly meet our needs in days to come.
And thus we praise him with just those words. A paraphrase of Psalm 90, Isaac Watts’ hymn, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” gives voice to our praise and hope in God’s provision for us. This hymn of adoration is followed by a Prayer of Praise and the singing of the Gloria Patri.
Recognizing God’s holiness and faithfulness, however, leads us to a recognition that there is nothing in ourselves that warrants such help. In fact, it’s just the opposite! Our sin deserves punishment, not provision.
This causes us to cry out to God for help, and this we do with a unison reading of Psalm 23.
We then reflect on the words, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,” to lead us to call out to God with the words of another Psalm, this time Psalm 130. A paraphrase of this psalm, “Out of the Depths I cry to you on high” is an explicit request to this God of mercy and grace that he would deliver us from sin and death.
We follow this with a time of individual and corporate Prayers of Confession.
God does indeed hear our cry, and grants us forgiveness and pardon through Christ, expressed so well through the gospel words of Romans 10:9-13:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
We rejoice in this Declaration of the Good News with the hymn “I Love You Lord, My Strength, My Rock, ” in which we sing, “in my distress I called to you, my life and source of breath.” That cry of all who believe reaches God’s courts, and he comes to us “on wings of wind, with storm and lightning’s power.”
The Sermon of the day is from Luke 18:1-8, which proclaims that God indeed brings justice to his people who “cry to him day and night.”
Dedication & Supplication
We respond to these truths with the hymn “Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright,“ with the Offering of our gifts to him, and with crying out to him with prayers of Supplication.
Our service concludes with a call to proclaim this good news that God provides for those who believe on him and cry out to him: “Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim!“