Preparing for Lord’s Day Worship May 13, 2012
Probably the biggest news this week was President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage, which really came as a surprise to no one. Still, while it came as no surprise, it is a matter of grave concern for Christians. Here are three helpful biblical perspectives on this issue:
Michael Horton’s Same-Sex Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense
Albert Mohler’s Evolution’s End? President Obama Calls for Same-Sex Marriage
Kevin DeYoung’s Five Reasons Christians Should Continue to Oppose Gay Marriage
Each authors explain, in their own ways, that the issue of same-sex marriage is about man refusing to tremble before his Creator. Of course, we don’t need to be told this, do we? It’s not news to us that the world does not fear God.
Strangely, our first passage Isaiah 66:1–2 shows us that even those who come to God may not tremble at his word. Indeed, why does he need to say, “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” The worldliness that we see around us can easily infiltrate into the church and into the hearts of believers. Corporate worship is therefore meant to be our regular antidote against worldliness. Many today are turning worship service into entertainment. Many demand God to present himself to them in a pleasing manner (content and length of the sermon, music, and the list goes on). We must not forget that God desires worshippers who tremble before him.
The first hymn, TH #313 “Unto My Lord Jehovah Said” is Psalm 110 put to music. It tells us of the world raging against God, but that God has appointed his Messiah to rule over them. The last line of the third stanza says, “He, swiftly marching in his wrath, shall quaff the brook upon his path, and lift his head in glory.” “Quaff” is an old word for “drinking heartily.” It, though obscure in our modern ears, well captures the sense of the Divine warrior King in a vigorous campaign to rule over those who do not tremble before God. What a comfort this is for those grieved at what they see in this world! He will not sit idle in weakness. He will do what is right!
God Calls Us to Worship
* Isaiah 66:1–2 (p. 625)
* TH #313 “Unto My Lord Jehovah Said”
When we think about sins of the world as Christians, we must not do so as if our hands are clean. The truth is that we were deeply implicated in the world’s rebellion against God, and it was by his sheer mercy that we found grace over justice. According to justice we should perish. But God loved us in Christ and made us alive in him. This is why we grieve the ways of our hearts and lives that still do not submit to our gracious Father. We, too, are still worldly and we repent.
But as we come before God “humble and contrite in spirit,” and as we “tremble at his word,” our gracious Father does not thunder his law against us, but declares his pardon and mercy. So humble yourself before God. Confess your sins to him. He will lift you up.
You can read the lesson on Shorter Catechism Q.20 here. Please use it to humble yourself before God.
God Hears Our Confession and Restores Us
Ephesians 1:3–14 (p. 976)
Shorter Catechism Q. 20 (p. 870)
Prayer of Confession
TH #470 “How Vast the Benefits Divine”
Gifts and Offering
God Speaks and We Listen
Romans 6:5–11 (p. 942)
I Died with Christ so that I Might Live with Christ
Rev. Ken Han
God Renews His Covenant Promises
Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #415 “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” stanzas 1–3 during the distribution of the bread, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.
God Dismisses Us with Blessing
* TH #387 “Now May He Who from the Dead”
Upcoming Events and Notices
May 12 (Saturday 7 AM): The Fallbrook men’s group will meet at the Summers home. 1 Samuel 7 and Knowing God ch. 6.
May 13 (Lord’s Day 9:15 AM): Please join us as we continue our study of covenant theology.
May 20 (Lord’s Day after worship): Please note that the May potluck lunch has been moved back one week due to Mother’s Day on May 13.
May 13: Michelle & Joseph Kay