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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00 am)
May 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEDITATION
– call to worship –
Minister: Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Congregation: And also to you.
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty………………..322-23
– confession –
Give Ear, O Lord, to all My Thoughts…………….6-7
+ Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
+ Assurance of Pardon
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.
+ Responsive Reading: Heidelberg Catechism: Question 30
Minister: Why is he called Christ, that is, the anointed one?
Congregation: Because he is ordained by God the Father and anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, fully revealing to us the secret purpose and will of God concerning our redemption; to be our only High Priest, having redeemed us by the one sacrifice of his body and ever interceding for us with the Father; and to be our eternal King, governing us by his Word and Spirit; and defending and sustaining us in the redemption he has won for us.
Psalm 47………………………………….bulletin pg. 5
– consecration –
+ Scripture reading
Isaiah 63:7-14; Romans 8:12-17
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
O God of Earth and Altar………………………….369
Opening: Colossians 1:19-20
Thanksgiving: Colossians 3:15,17
Petitions: Colossians 4:2
Psalm 124………………………………..bulletin pg. 6
1. The Name of God
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ (Exodus 3:14-16)
Is “I am who I am” a name? What does this actually mean? How does it relate to the Tetragrammaton – the LORD?
How does the sign of the Burning Bush relate to the revelation of God’s name?
“Before Abraham was, I am” John 8:58 and Exodus 3:14.
2. The Deliverance of Israel
Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ (Exodus 3:16-17)
Israel’s deliverance is set forth in terms of who God is, and how He is faithful to the covenant He has made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Genesis 15 is everywhere in Exodus ch.3.
It will get worse before it gets better (Exodus 3:19) but the same was true for Abraham (Genesis 12 and Genesis 15)
Remember the sign of the Burning Bush relates to the revelation of God’s deliverance: “When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you…” (Isaiah 43)
3. Jesus is the one who Delivered Israel
“This redemption was by Jesus Christ, as is evident from this, that it was wrought by him that appeared to Moses in the bush; for that was the person that sent Moses to redeem the people. ” (Jonathan Edwards)
“Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe..” (Jude 1:5 ESV)
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer………………………411
+ Isaiah, Mighty Seer in Days of Old…………..408-09
– communion –
Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart……….362-63
My Soul, Now Bless Thy Maker………………..142-43
– commissioning –
+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Charge & Benediction
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:25