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"What Goes Around...." - Preparing for Worship, April 30 2017

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Morning Worship – “What Goes Around…”

We have another difficult passage this week. It can be troubling and disconcerting to consider such dark passages. Yet it is good; God unsettles us for good reason: to remind us of the purity of His holiness, to impress upon us the depth of our sin, all in an effort to lead us to the provision of Jesus Christ.

Passages for Meditation

  • Ecclesiastes 10:1. What is the sage trying to say to us? Why not just say “folly corrupts?” What impact should this have on us?
  • Revelation 4:8-1. Why is the holiness of God a good thing?
  • Romans 3:1-20. Why might it be a burden to be born “under the law?” What does Paul list as the advantages?
  • Joshua 7

Questions for Consideration

  • The perfect holiness of the Lord is a good thing, but it presents a problem for us who are “born in sin” (Psalm 51)—how can we survive? Does the holiness of God frighten you? Why or why not?
  • Should God’s holiness frighten you?
  • We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. How then can we have peace?

Hymns for Proclamation

  • 115- “All Creatures of Our God and King”
  • 257- “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”
  • 100- “Holy, Holy, Holy”
  • 532- “Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Holy Way”

Evening Worship – “You must eat my flesh and drink my blood.”

It is good to be back! The retreat was a wonderful time of fellowship and teaching, and since we are at a good “pausing” point in Hebrews at the moment, it seemed good to consider some of the things we have been doing over the retreat. Join us for a short series, “Surprising Things Jesus Says.” Since we have the supper this Sunday, it likewise seemed good to consider John 6.

  • Examining Ourselves. We feat on Christ in the supper, of course, but we are also called to feast upon him during the week. What does that look like? How have you nourished yourself this week on the provision of Christ.
  • Psalm 122
  • Hymn of the Month: Fairest Lord Jesus
  • Sermon Text: John 6. It may be difficult, but try to detach this passage from the Lord’s Supper. What is Jesus telling his audience? What is he claiming about their Spiritual condition? What is he claiming about himself?
  • Final Hymn: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

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