Rich People and the Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

October 13, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading

Why Do You Hide Yourself?
(Psalm 10)

10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
    let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
    and the one greedy for gain curses[a] and renounces the Lord.
In the pride of his face[b] the wicked does not seek him;[c]
    all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
His ways prosper at all times;
    your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
    as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
    throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
    under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He sits in ambush in the villages;
    in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
    he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
    he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
    and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
    he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
    forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
    and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
    that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
    you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
    call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
    the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Opening Hymn
Sing Praise to the Lord (Trinity Hymnal #21)

Prayer
Focus this week: Milena Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Blessed Assurance (Trinity Hymnal #693)
I  Need Thee Every Hour (Trinity Hymnal #674)

Offering Hymn
One There is, above All Others (Trinity Hymnal #186)

Scripture Reading
Matthew 19:13-30

Preaching the Word
Rich People and the Kingdom, Matthew 19:13-30
 You Tube Link to Rich People and the Kingdom

Closing Hymn
By Grace I’m Saved, Trinity Hymnal #456

Trust in the Lord, Don’t Lean on Yourself – CRC Sunday Sermon

October 6, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
Isaiah 37:14-20

Opening Hymn
All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above (Trinity Hymnal #4)

Prayer
Focus this week:  Abraham Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Alas and Did my Savior Bleed (HMA #3)
VERSE 1
Alas, and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree

CHORUS
My God, why would You shed Your blood
So pure and undefiled
To make a sinful one like me
Your chosen, precious child?

VERSE 2
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut His glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man, the creature’s, sin
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness
And melt my eyes to tears

Offering Hymn
Blessed Jesus, at Your Word (Trinity Hymnal #303)

Scripture Reading
Proverbs 3

The Lord’s Table
Christ Our Righteousness

Preaching the Word
Proverbs 3:5-6
YouTube link 

Closing Hymn
Day by Day, Trinity Hymnal #676

The Joys of the Righteous – CRC Sunday Sermon

September 29, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice  goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Opening Hymn
Give Praise to God (CRC #1)

Prayer
Focus this week:  Miriam Christensen

Congregational Hymns
10,000 Reasons Bless the Lord (CRC #82)
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (CRC #71)

Offering Hymn
The Risen Christ (HMA #117)

Scripture Reading
2 Corinthians 4

Preaching the Word
The Joys of the Righteous – sermon audio link
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
When this Passing World is Done, #545 Trinity Hymnal