The Transfiguration of Christ – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 21, 2019
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Pastoral Reading
Psalm 1
Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.
 

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

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
of my God through all my days.
Put no confidence in princes,
nor for help on man depend;
he shall die, to dust returning,
and his purposes shall end.

Happy is the man that chooses
Israel’s God to be his aid;
he is blessed whose hope of blessing
on the Lord his God is stayed.
Heav’n and earth the Lord created,
seas and all that they contain;
he delivers from oppression,
righteousness he will maintain.

Food he daily gives the hungry,
sets the mourning prisoner free,
raises those bowed down with anguish,
makes the sightless eye to see.
Well Jehovah loves the righteous,
and the stranger he befriends,
helps the fatherless and widow,
judgment on the wicked sends.

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
of my God through all my days.
Over all God reigns forever,
through all ages he is King;
unto him, your God, O Zion,
joyful hallelujahs sing.

Prayer
Focus this week: Jessica

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
Soul Adorn Yourself With Gladness (CRC #49)

Scripture Reading
2 Corinthians 3

Preaching the Word
The Transfiguration of Christ
YouTube Link coming soon

Closing Hymn
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (Trinity Hymnal #290)

Jesus’ Rebuke of Peter – The Danger of a Worldly Mindset – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 14, 2019
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Pastoral Reading
Psalm 29

29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
    and strips the forests bare,
    and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless[d] his people with peace!
 

Opening Hymn
How Marvelous, How Wise, How Great (CRC#2)

Prayer
Focus this Week:  Chloe

Congregational Hymns
Praise Ye, Praise Ye the Lord (Trinity Hymnal #112)

Now Unto Jehovah, He Sons of the Mighty (Trinity Hymnal #45)

1 Now unto Jehovah, ye sons of the mighty,
all glory and strength and dominion accord;
ascribe to him glory, and render him honor,
in beauty of holiness worship the Lord,
in beauty of holiness worship the Lord.

2 The voice of Jehovah comes down on the waters;
in thunder the God of the glory draws nigh.
Lo, over the waves of the wide-flowing waters
Jehovah as King is enthroned on high!
Jehovah as King is enthroned on high!

3 The voice of Jehovah is mighty, is mighty;
The voice of Jehovah in majesty speaks:
The voice of Jehovah the cedars is breaking;
Jehovah the cedars of Lebanon breaks,
Jehovah the cedars of Lebanon breaks.

4 Each one, in His temple, His glory proclaimeth.
He sat on the flood; he is King on his throne.
Jehovah all strength to his people imparteth;
Jehovah with peace ever blesseth his own,
Jehovah with peace ever blesseth his own.

Offering Hymn
The Ten Commandments (Trinity #724)

Scripture Reading
Colossians 1

Preaching the Word
Jesus’ Rebuke of Peter – The Danger of a Worldly Mindset
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (Trinity Hymnal #520)

Is the Pope Our Foundation? – CRC Sunday Sermon

July 7, 2019
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Pastoral Reading

Psalm 20
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire
    and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.

O Lord, save the king!
    May he answer us when we call.

Opening Hymn
Father Long Before Creation (CRC #13)

Prayer
Focus this week: Janine

Congregational Hymns
Though I was a Child of Darkness (CRC #55)

Verse 1:
Though I was a child of darkness,
Slave to sin, wholly depraved,
By His grace and for His glory
God has called me to be saved.
He in mercy, through His Spirit,
Caused me to be born again,
Born to turn from sin to Jesus
And to find my rest in Him.

Verse 2:
Is there any greater comfort
Than to know this sov’reign Friend?
He ordained my true repentance,
And shall keep me to the end.
Should this sinful world or Satan
With their lies and pow’r besiege,
I will stand upon His promise,
Knowing He has chosen me.

Verse 3:
This should cause us to be humble,
When we see our helpless state;
For without His sov’reign kindness
We would meet a dreadful fate.
O, to know such lovingkindness:
Freely given, undeserved,
Moves us now to preach the Gospel
Until ev’ry land has heard.

Verse 4:
To fulfill His great commission
This assurance must be known:
The elect from ev’ry nation
Will surround the Savior’s throne.
We find strength to preach the Gospel
In this truth our Savior told,
That although His sheep are scattered,
He will bring them to His fold.

Verse 5:
Let us lift our songs to praise Him!
Give Him glory, for He reigns!
No! This world and all its kingdoms
Cannot thwart what He ordains.
O! What peace to know our Maker,
He who set the heavens’ span.
He who granted us salvation
Shall uphold us in His hand.

There is No Greater Portrait (CRC #60)

Offering Hymn

Oh Lord of Hosts How Lovely
O Lord of hosts, how lovely
Thy tabernacles are;
For them my heart is yearning
In banishment afar
My soul is longing, fainting,
Thy sacred courts to see;
My heart and flesh are crying,
O living God for Thee.

Behold the sparrow finds place
For peaceful rest,
To keep her young in safety
The swallow finds a nest;
Then, Lord, my King almighty,
Thy love will shelter me;
Beside Thy holy altar
My dwelling-place shall be.

Blest they who dwell in Zion,
Whose joy and strength Thou art;
Forever they will praise Thee,
Thy ways are in their heart.

Psalm 84 
84 
How lovely is your dwelling place,

    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
As they go through the Valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 2

The Lord’s Table
Christ Our Righteousness

Preaching the Word
Is the Pope Our Foundation? 
YouTube 

Closing Hymn
Christ, of All My Hopes the Ground (Trinity Hymnal p518)