The Sheep Abandon the Shepherd – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 26, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Romans 8:31-39

Opening Hymn
O Come My Soul, Bless Thou the Lord (Trinity #6)

O come, my soul, bless thou the Lord thy maker,
And all within me bless his holy name;
Bless thou the Lord, forget not all his mercies,
His pardoning grace and saving love proclaim.

Bless him for ever, wondrous in might,
Bless him, his servants that in his will delight.

Good is the Lord and full of kind compassion,
Most slow to anger, plenteous in love;
Rich is his grace to all that humbly seek him,
Boundless and endless as the heavens above.

His love is like a father’s to his children,
Tender and kind to all who fear his name;
For well he knows our weakness and our frailty,
He knows that we are dust, he knows our frame.

We fade and die like flowers that grow in beauty,
Like tender grass that soon will disappear;
But evermore the love of God is changeless,
Still shown to those who look to him in fear.

High in the heavens his throne is fixed for ever,
His kingdom rules o’er all from pole to pole;
Bless ye the Lord through all his wide dominion,
Bless his most holy name, O thou my soul.

Prayer
Focus of the week: Miriam Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Praise to the Lord the Almighty (Trinity #53)
Holy, Holy, Holy (Trinity #100)

Offering Hymn
By Grace I Am an Heir of Heaven (Trinity #695)

1 By grace I am an heir of heaven:
why doubt this, O my trembling heart?
If what the Scriptures promise clearly
is true and firm in ev’ry part,
this also must be truth divine:
by grace a crown of life is mine.

2 By grace alone shall I inherit
that blissful home beyond the skies.
Works count for naught, the Lord incarnate
has won for me the heav’nly prize.
Salvation by his death he wrought,
his grace alone my pardon bought.

3 By grace! These precious words remember
when sorely by your sins oppressed,
when Satan comes to vex your spirit,
when troubled conscience sighs for rest;
what reason cannot comprehend,
God does to you by grace extend.

4 By grace! Be this in death my comfort;
despite my fears, ’tis well with me.
I know my sin in all its greatness,
but also him who sets me free.
My heart to naught but joy gives place,
since I am saved by grace, by grace.

Scripture Reading
Isaiah 52:7 – 53:12

Preaching the Word
The Sheep Abandon the Shepherd, Matthew 26:30-75

Closing Hymn
O Jesus We Adore Thee, Trinity Hymnal #255

(links to sermon and hymns are in blue font)

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