A Thankful Heart is a Regenerate Heart – CRC Sunday Sermon

December 1, 2019
(links to sermon and hymns are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading
Matthew 1:18-25
First Advent: Expectation and Hope
 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Opening Hymn
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Trinity Hymn #196)

Prayer
Focus this week: Mack

Congregational Hymns
Joy to the World (Trinity Hymn #195)
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (Trinity Hymn #198)

Offering Hymn
Glorious Light (HMA #36)

Scripture Reading
Psalm 118
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.
10 All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
12 They surrounded me like bees;
    they went out like a fire among thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
    are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16     the right hand of the Lord exalts,
    the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
    O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
    up to the horns of the altar!
28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

The Lord’s Table
Christ Our Righteousness

Preaching the Word
A Thankful Heart is a Regenerate Heart (Romans 1)
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
Give Praise to God, CRC Hymnal #1

It’s All of Grace – CRC Sunday Sermon

November 24, 2019
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Pastoral Reading
Psalm 16 
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Opening Hymn
Give Praise to God (CRC #1)

Prayer
Focus this week:  Rite

Congregational Hymns

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No Favorites in Christ’s Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

November 17, 2019
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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