Greatness in the Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

August 11, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 2 (Trinity Hymnal #785)

Why do the nations comprise
    and the peoples plot in vain?

 The kings of the earth take their
stand and the rulers gather together
against the LORD and against his
Anointed One.

“Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.

Then he rebukes them in his anger and
terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have
installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will proclaim the decree of the
Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations
your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

“You will rule them with an iron
scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be
warned, you rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice
with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you
be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can
flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Opening Hymn
Sons We Are Through God’s Election (CRC #83)
(1) Sons we are through God’s election,
Who in Jesus Christ believe; By eternal destination,
Formed and fixed salvation’s plan.
Hallelujah! Our Redeemer, does both grace and glory give.

(2) Every soul of man, by sinning,
Merits everlasting pain;
But theylove, without beginning,
Formed and fixed salvation’s plan.
Hallelujah! countless millions,
shall in life through Jesus reign.

(3) Praise my soul, adore and wonder!
Ask, :”O why such love to me?”
Grace has put me in the number of the Savior’s family,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thanks, eternal Love, to thee!

(4) These are springs of consolation,
To converted sons of grace;
Finished, free, and full salvation
shining in the Savior’s face!
Hallelujah! Free grace only,
suits the wretched sinner’s case.

Prayer
Focus this week: Isaac

Congregational Hymns
Across the Lands (HMA #2)

Worthy of Worship (HMA #132)

Offering Hymn
All Who With Heart Confiding 
(Psalter Hymnal #267)

1 All who, with heart confiding,
depend on God alone,
like Zion’s mount abiding,
shall ne’er be overthrown.
Like Zion’s city, bounded
by guarding mountains broad,
his people are surrounded
forever by their God.

2 No scepter of oppression
shall hold unbroken sway,
lest unto base transgression
the righteous turn away.
Your favor be imparted
to godly people, LORD;
bless all that are pure-hearted,
the good with good reward.

3 The men who falsehood cherish,
forsaking truth and right,
with wicked ones shall perish;
God will their sin requite.
From sin your saints defending,
their joy, O LORD, increase,
with mercy never-ending
and everlasting peace.

Scripture Reading
Philippians 2:1-18

Preaching the Word
Who is Greatest in the Kingdom? (Matthew 18)
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
Jesus I My Cross Have Taken, #707 Trinity Hymnal

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