image :: Farm Garden with Crucifix, Gustav Klimt (1912, Austrian)
Preparation for Worship on July 30 2017 :: The Weakness of Christ
“Through the Cross the faithful receive strength from weakness, glory from dishonor, life from death. The power of His death once confronted our death. In the words of Hosea the prophet: “Death, I shall be your death; grave, I shall swallow you up”. By dying He submitted to the laws of the underworld; by rising again He destroyed them.” (Leo the Great , 5th century)
“When really weak in ourselves, and conscious of that weakness, we are in the state suited to the manifestation of the power of God.” (Charles Hodge)
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for July 30 include ::
:: Come, Ye Sinners (Joseph Hart, 1759) CHART :: Gloria Patri (2nd Century Hymn) CHART :: Grace Greater Than Our Sin (Julia H, Johnston, 1910) CHART :: Draw My Soul To Thee (J. Adams, 1838) CHART :: O Sacred Head Now Wounded (Bernard of Clairvaux, 11th century) CHART :: Crown Him With Many Crowns (Matthew Bridges, 1851) CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART
Call to Worship :: Philippians 3:20-21
Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.
Confession of Sin :: from The Book of Common Prayer
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone what we ought to have done, and we have done what we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. Yet, good Lord, have mercy on us: restore those who repent, according to Your promises declared to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. And grant, merciful Father, for His sake, That we may live godly, righteous, and obedient lives, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
Words of Encouragement :: Luke 24:44,46-47
Jesus said…“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Old Testament Reading :: Psalm 138. Of David
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Sermon :: II Corinthians 13:1-4
1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them— 3 since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.