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image :: The Moon Over A Waterfall, Hiroshige (d.1858, Japanese)
Preparation for Worship on May 28 2017 :: Overflowing with Joy
“Christ came chiefly for this reason: that we might learn how much God loves us, and might learn this to the end that we begin to glow with love of Him by whom we were first loved, and so might love our neighbor at the bidding and after the example of Him who made Himself our neighbor by loving us.” (Augustine)
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for May 28 include ::
:: Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, 1758) CHART :: Psalm 147, Praise the Lord, O Zion (Wendell Kimbrough, 2015) CHART :: Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting (Jean S. Pigott, 1876) CHART :: Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman, 2005) CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART :: How Can I Keep From Singing? (Robert Lowry, 1868) CHART
Call to Worship :: Psalm 34:1-5
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Confession of Sin
Heavenly Father, loving King, all of our sins are laid bare before Your eyes: We promote ourselves, and overlook those around us. We have nursed anger and envy, and have forsaken Your humility, gentleness, patience, love and unity. We tie our joy to our circumstances, rather than to Your Gospel. We repent of our fruitless wanderings, and ask that You renew us in Jesus Christ. Let us hear Your voice saying: “Awake and rise! His blood is your peace, His death is your life, His Spirit is your power.” Restore to us the joy of Your salvation and persuade us that a life lived in Your service is a life of perfect freedom. Amen.
Words of Encouragement :: Acts 10:43
All the prophets testify about Jesus Christ that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
Old Testament Reading :: Isaiah 62:1-5
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
Sermon :: II Corinthians 7:2-4
2 Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4 I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.