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Downtown Sunday Morning Service (9:30 am)

April 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Announcements & Meditation


– Call to Worship –


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


Isaiah 33:5
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!




Crown Him with Many Crowns, p. 293

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– Confession –




Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands, p. 293

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Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Isaiah 30:8-11


Isaiah 30:20
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

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.
+ PSALM 14: Abbreviated Responsive
Minister: The fool has said in his heart,
Congregation: There is no God.








Blest is the Man Whose Trespass is Forgiven, pp. 56-57

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– Consecration –

Genesis 9:1-11, Acts 17:22-31
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

CC: Jon and Audrey Dion and family

CC: Jack Sterling Dion
Congregational Charge: Little child, for you Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled and suffered; for your sake He crossed Gethsemane and went through the darkness of Calvary; for your sake He cried: ‘It is finished’; for your sake He died and for your sake He overcame death; indeed for your sake, little child, and you – still – know nothing of it. And thus the word of the Apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.’ (Taken from an old French Reformed Baptism Rite)


As the Hart About to Falter, p. 76-77

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Opening: Isaiah 33:20
Thanksgiving: Isaiah 35:5-6
Petitions: Isaiah 35:3-4



Behold the Glories of the Lamb, pp. 296-297



CC: Psalm 22 (Michael McClenahan)


The Text

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?. . . “ (Psalm 22)

The Song of His Father David

“We shall not be able to ‘explain’ the content of the fourth utterance from the cross, at least, not the essence of it … A well known saying has it that those who would understand the poet must go to the poet’s country. And now the poet par excellence is appearing on Golgotha. Be quiet, for Jesus is speaking. The creative spirit. The sensitive soul. And the Author of the psalms. Now He will sing, will recite his severest hymn – and no longer endure his own verses. You all remember that the fourth utterance, to put it that way, is a ‘quotation.’ It is literally the overture of Psalm 22. The Son of David is repeating the song of his father David.” Klaas Schilder.

The Forsaken Messiah (vv, 1-2, 12-18)

The Faithful Messiah (vv,  1-2, 3-5, 9-11, 19-21)

The Victorious Messiah (vv. 21-31)



CCD: God’s Math (Matt Meyer)


Sermon Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19

The Problem of Pain is a well known booklet written by C. S. Lewis making the argument for why a good God would allow pain in His universe.  One aspect of his argument is our culture’s confusion between kindness and love.  We prize kindness with the view that we would prefer a God with more of a benign “grandfatherly” kindness over a father’s disciplinary love.  The difference is mainly one of outcome.  The former is seen as just watching over us to keep us content and happy, the latter is focused on making us good using whatever means are necessary to achieve that benefit.  Lewis in his chapter on God’s Divine Goodness puts it this way:

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.”

Given how much Peter deals with existing and anticipated suffering in his letters, approaching this with the right calculus is extremely important.  I’ve labeled it using God’s new math.

How was Peter qualified to teach on this subject?

From verse 15, what is the one way that we are not supposed to suffer?

What Fiery Trial is Peter referencing in verse 12?

What is the timing of Peter’s letter?

How does Nero fit in?

What was the nature of the suffering/persecution? 

What does “his glory revealed” mean in verse 13?

What time stamp does Jesus give his disciples in Luke 9:23-27 and Matthew 16:24-28 related to his coming glory?

How does this coming in glory relate to Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24?

How was God’s glory revealed in the judgement of Pharaoh?

What is the connection between Christ’s suffering and our own in verses 13, 14, and 16?

What did Jesus accomplish in His suffering?

What is necessary if the Father is going to successfully make us like Jesus?

How are we to process God’s judgment starting with us in verses 17-19? 

Who actually goes first: us or God?

Who is clearly in control of our suffering?

What is the role of the church in the midst of persecution?

How does God’s Math apply to us in our time?





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Psalm 29, bulletin pp. 7-8

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Dr. David Erb



– Communion –



To All My Brothers I’ll Declare, p. 34

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Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, bulletin pp. 9-10

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– Commissioning –


The congregation may raise hands
Doxology (to the tune of Lasst runs erfr. pp. 288-289

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.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


April 8, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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