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Christ Church Sunday Morning Services (8:30 & 11:00)

May 15, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEDITATION


– call to worship –

+ adoration
Minister: The Lord is risen!
Congregation: He is risen, indeed!

scripture
Psalm 8:1-2
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

+ Prayer

+ Hymn
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing……………………315


– Confession –

Exhortation

Hymn
Come Down, O Love Divine……………………….278

Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Psalm 25:4-7

+ Assurance of Pardon
Psalm 106:1-3
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: Questions 29 & 30
Minister:  Why is the Son of God called Jesus, which means Savior?
Congregation: Because he saves us from our sins, and because salvation is to be sought or found in no other.
Minister:  Do those who seek their salvation and well-being from saints, by their own efforts, or by other means really believe in the only Savior Jesus?
Congregation: No. Rather, by such actions they deny Jesus, the only Savior and Redeemer, even though they boast of belonging to him.  It therefore follows that either Jesus is not a perfect Savior, or those who receive this Savior with true faith must possess in him all that is necessary for their salvation.

+ Psalm
Psalm 47………………………………….bulletin pg. 5


– Consecration –

+ scripture reading
Joel 2:21-32; Acts 2:14-21
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

Hymn
As Water Falls…………………………..bulletin pg. 6

congregational prayer
Opening: Psalm 15
Thanksgiving: Psalm 16:5-6
Petitions: Psalm 10:17-18

+ Hymn
The Sword of the Spirit……………….bulletin pg. 7

Sermon
1st & 2nd Service: Final Judgment (Ben Merkle)
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
The final judgment is a sobering topic. We sometimes avoid it, for fear of feeding a stereotype about conservative believers being obsessed with hellfire and damnation. But the final judgment is the endpoint of the creation, the moment that all of human history is moving towards. It is described throughout Scripture as a moment of glorification for God. And it is also described as a moment of great joy and celebration for God’s people.(Ps. 58:10-11, 2 Thes. 1:6-7, Rev. 22:12).

Resurrection
The first thing that happens is that Christ returns and all the dead rise again (1 Thes. 4:16, John 5:28-29). Paul says that in the resurrection our natural body is transformed to a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44, 2 Cor. 5:2, 4, Mat. 22:29-30). God is resurrecting your body because Jesus is a complete savior.

A Just Judgment
The Final Judgment is the judgment where our works are perfectly judged (2 Cor. 5:9-10, Rom. 14:12, Rev. 20:12). It will be the judgment where the judge knows all things perfectly, including the most hidden and secret things (Eccl. 12:14, Rom. 2:16, 1 Cor. 4:5, Heb. 4:13). It will perfectly take into account how much revelation we had received, whether Scripture or merely our own consciences (Rom. 2:12).

What about Grace?
But so far this sounds like it completely ignores the Gospel and turns salvation into salvation by works. What about Eph. 2:8-9 and Gal. 2:16? There are some additional elements that we need to add here.

Glory – First, the resurrection that precedes the final judgment is a resurrection into Christ’s glory (Mat. 25:31, Col. 3:4, Phi. 3:21, 1 John 3:2).
Jesus as Judge – Second, note that God makes a point of revealing that when we are judged, the judge will be Jesus (John 5:22, Acts 10:42, 17:31). This explains how the judgment can actually be good news (Rom. 8:34-35). The judge is the one who has already determined that we would stand as judges alongside him (Mat. 19:28, Jud 14, 15, 1 Cor. 6:2, Rev. 20:4).
Judged in Christ – Lastly, we need to understand that it is at this moment that we will see the reality of our union with Christ, unlike anything that we’ve experienced here. We will walk through this judgment with:

1. Our sins completely forgiven (Is. 43:25, John 3:18, 36, 5:24, Rom 8:11, Thes. 5:16-18, Heb. 8:12 (cf. Jer. 31). Our sins, to the extent that they are revealed in the final judgment, will be revealed as forgiven and not as outstanding debts. In fact, we ourselves are told to both forget our sins (Phi. 3:13) and to remember them (Luk. 7:47, Eph. 2:11).
2. Our obedience not as the grounds of our justification (Rom. 3:20), but as the proof of it (Mk. 5:15). It is not a time of boasting, but rather a further praising of God’s grace (Mat. 25:31-46)

So Judge Not
The final judgment is a comfort to saints, promising us a coming satisfaction off all that we feel missing in the here and now (Rom. 14:10-13, James 4:12).

Prayer
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer………………………411

Offertory
Prayer
+ Love Divine, All Loves Excelling…………………313


– communion –

The Bread
Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire………..276-77

THE wine
All Creature of Our God and King……………288-89

– commissioning –

+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Doxology, p. 437 to the tune of “All Creatures of our God and King” ………………………………………288-89

Charge & Benediction
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessings of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon, and remain with you always. Amen.

Details

Date:
May 15, 2016
Time:
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Organizer

Christ Church
Email:
belmerkle@christkirk.com
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Venue

Logos School Field House
110 Baker St, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Moscow, ID 83843 United States
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