No Favorites in Christ’s Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

November 17, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 15
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
3 who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

Opening Hymn
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah (Trinity Hymnal #57)
Lyrics link
Organ link

Prayer 
Focus this Week: Pastor

Congregational Hymns
Grace Unmeasured (HMA #44)

My God, How Wonderful Thou Art (HMA #87)

My God, how wonderful Thou art,
Thy majesty, how bright;
How beautiful Thy mercy seat
In depths of burning light!

How dread are Thine eternal years,
O everlasting Lord,
By prostrate spirits day and night
Incessantly adored!

How wonderful, how beautiful,
The sight of Thee must be;
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power,
And awful purity!

Yet, I may love Thee, too, O Lord,
Almighty as Thou art;
For Thou hast stooped to ask of me
The love of my poor heart!

Father of Jesus, love’s Reward!
What rapture it will be
Prostrate before Thy throne to lie,
And gaze and gaze on Thee!

Offering Hymn
O Word of God Incarnate (HMA #100)

1 O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth, unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky!
We praise you for the radiance
That from the hallow’d page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age.

2 The Church, from her dear Master
Received the gift divine,
And still that light is lifted
on all the earth to shine.
It is the chart and compass
that, all life’s voyage through,
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
still guides, O Christ, to You.

3 O make Your Church, dear Saviour,
A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations
Your true light as of old;
Teach us, Your wandering pilgrims
By this our path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended,
we see You face to face.

Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 2

Preaching the Word
No Favorites in Christ’s Kingdom – Matthew 20:1-16
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
And Can it Be? – Trinity Hymnal #455

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