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

The Christian’s Inheritance – CRC Sunday Sermon

November 10, 2019
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Pastoral Reading
Psalm 14

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is none who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
    to see if there are any who understand,
    who seek after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
    there is none who does good,
    not even one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread
    and do not call upon the Lord?

There they are in great terror,
    for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would shame the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is his refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Opening Hymn
To God Be the Glory (Trinity Hymnal #55)

Prayer
Focus this Week:  Verla 

Congregational Hymns


Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee (Trinity Hymnal #645)

Offering Hymn
Psalm 98 (Psalter #98A)
Scripture Reading
Matthew 10:26-42

Preaching the Word
The Christian’s Inheritance, Matthew 19:23-30
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Closing Hymn
Heaven’s Gift, CRC Notebook, #3

Seeing the Unseen – CRC Sunday Sermon

November 3, 2019
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Pastoral Reading
Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Opening Hymn
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken (Trinity Hymnal #345)

Prayer
Focus this week:  Joenne

Congregational Hymns
Come Ye Thankful People Come (Trinity Hymnal #715)
Give Thanks Unto the Lord Jehovah (Trinity Hymnal #613)

Offering Hymn
My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness (HMA #88)

Scripture Reading
Hebrews 11

The Lord’s Table
Christ Our Righteousness

Preaching the Word
Seeing the Unseen  2 Kings 6:14-17
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Closing Hymn
Christian, Dost Thou See Them (Trinity Hymnal #574)