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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00 am)

July 3, 2016


– Call to Worship –

+ Adoration
Minister: Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Congregation: And also to you.

Psalm 113:1-2
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

+ Prayer

+ Psalm
O Sing a New Song to the Lord…..bulletin pg. 8-9 (PS 98.2)

– Confession –


As the Hart, About to Falter……………………76-77

Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Psalm 51:3-5

+ Assurance of Pardon
Psalm 51: 7, 12
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.

Congregation: Thanks be to God!

+ Confession of Faith: Apostles Creed
Minister: Christian, what do you believe?
Congregation: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into Hades.  On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.  (Bulletin pg. 6-7)

+ Responsive Reading: Heidelberg Catechism: Question 38
Minister: Why did he suffer “under Pontius Pilate” as his judge?
Congregation: That he, being innocent, might be condemned by an earthly judge, and thereby set us free from the judgment of God which, in all its severity, ought to fall upon us.

+ Psalm
May God Be Merciful and Bless Us…………….98-99 (PS 67.1)

– Consecration –

+ Scripture Reading
Joshua 1:1-9; Matthew 7:21-29
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

Admission of New Members
Gresham and Emily Schlect and family
Scott and Tammy Postma and family

You May Be gods……………………bulletin pg. 14

Congregational prayer
Opening: Psalm 117:1-2
Thanksgiving: Psalm 118:1
Petitions: Psalm 116:1

+ Psalm
Thee, O God, Thee We Praise…………………………113

Psalm 75


This is a psalm of preemptive thanksgiving. The psalmist is looking to God for a deliverance that he fully expects. There are petitions mixed in with the psalm, but for the most part this is simply anticipatory gladness for deliverance. The deliverance is from wicked rulers, which makes the faith all the more striking.
The Text:
“Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly. The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah . . .” (Psalm 75:1-10).

Summary of the Text:
The first verse is the tuning fork—he sets the pitch for the whole (v. 1). God is honored in the next section (vv. 2-5) as the ruler of the whole earth. In the third section, the people of God warn her enemies (vv. 6-8). The closing section of the psalm exults in the complete defeat of the enemy, and glories in God (vv. 9-10).

God’s works must be praised by God’s people (v. 1), and as Spurgeon put it once, “Stinted gratitude is ingratitude.” The next section is spoken from God’s perspective. When He receives the congregation, He will judge rightly (v. 2). God is the one who carries the world on His shoulders (v. 3). Think about that. Selah. Given this, wicked fools should rethink their pride (vv. 4-5). Empires rise and fall as God determines (vv. 6-7), and only as God determines. The judgments of God on the pride of sinful man are the kind of judgments that come in a mixed cup of intoxicating wrath (v. 8). As they come to nothing, the opposite happens to the saints. They are enabled to sing praises forever (v. 9). The horns of the wicked are cut off, and the horns of the righteous are exalted (v. 10). Such horns in Scripture represent both honor and strength.

Promotion from the North:
In verse 6, we learn that promotion does not come from the east, or the west, or the south. It does not come from the east, and all the possibilities of a dawning day. Nor does it come from the west, from a sun that is setting on all your great accomplishments. It does not come from the south, which for the psalmist was a wilderness, a desert. This leaves the north.

We are not resting on speculation here because we are told explicitly in the next verse where promotion comes from. It comes from God the judge, who “puts one down, and sets up another.” “Fair weather cometh out of the north: With God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, And in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict” (Job 37:22–23; Ps. 48:2).

So the nations of men are all lined up like ten pins at the end of the alley, and God is the one with the ball. Absolutely nothing happens by chance. Disaster cannot befall a city unless the Lord has done it (Amos 3:6). We don’t always know what God is doing, but we must always know that God is doing. But the same thing is true of promotion. The same thing is the case when everything is going your way. It is not the case that God is involved in chastisement, but that we climb to the top on our own. God lifts up, and God casts down. Why is one man in a prison and another man on a throne? Why is one man in the grave and another in the prime of life?

Judgment in a Cup:
There is a cup here full of red, red wine, and the kings of the earth have it on the table in front of them. Everything they want is right within their grasp. It is there, right there. But the God of Heaven has prepared the cup. It is a mixed cup, and the metaphor is different than the one about the cup of the wine of the wrath of God later (Rev. 14:10). There the wine is unmixed, meaning not diluted with water. Here the wine is mixed, not with water, but made more potent by means of intoxicating spices. The kings of the earth will be made to drink this cup all the way to the bottom, down to where the poisoned dregs are. They will drink it dry and find a dark eternity at the bottom.

This is how God judges nations. When they are on the rise, they do things right—by some variant of common grace. Courage, pluck, enterprise, and ambition are all involved. But at some point Jeshurun waxes fat and kicks (Dt. 32:15). The wealth starts to dazzle (Dt. 8:17). And so the great empire becomes a functional drunk—putting plenty of that cup down, but in a way that few notice. Everyone still believes that things still are as they were in the glory days. But after a time—this is how God operates with empires—the empire gets the staggers. The empire weaves when it walks, and vomits in the gutter. No one can pretend anymore.

“In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, And for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, And for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, They are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, So that there is no place clean” (Is. 28:5–8).

Welcome to the madhouse. Welcome to bedlam. Welcome to the culture-wide bender. Welcome to the insanity jag. Welcome to the world you now live in.

Repent and Believe:
Exhortations to virtue won’t cut it. Admonitions to the willfully perverse will only draw their cackles. Trying to navigate all this with clean middle class values is beyond a joke.

There are only two things we must say to our culture, and we must pray that God grant us the opportunity to say them with power and authority. The first is to repent of your sins. The second is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ending with The Lord’s Prayer………………………411 (SM 21.1)

+ 2 Corinthians……………………bulletin pg. 12-13 (CR 70.1)

– Communion –

The Bread
Let All the Earth with Loud Rejoicing…………94-95 (PS 66.1)

The Wine
Let All the Earth with Loud Rejoicing………..96-97 (PS 66.1)

– Commissioning –

The congregation may raise hands
Doxology…………………………………………………….437 (SM 13.1)
 Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
    Praise Him all creatures here below;
    Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Charge & Benediction
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14


July 3, 2016
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