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Downtown Sunday Morning (9:30am)
March 5, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Announcements & Meditation
– Call to Worship –
Minister: Bless the Lord who forgives our sins.
Congregation: His mercy endures forever.
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
God the Lord is Known in Judah……………………115
– Confession –
Be Not Far Off, for Grief Is Near…………………….31
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. (Bulletin pg. 8-9)
+ Responsive Reading: Heidelberg Catechism: Question 80
Minister: What difference is there between the Lord’s Supper and the papal Mass?
Congregation: The Lord’s Supper testifies to us that we have complete forgiveness of all our sins through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ which he himself has accomplished on the cross once for all; (and that through the Holy Spirit we are incorporated into Christ, who is now in heaven with his true body at the right hand of the Father and is there to be worshipped.) But the Mass teaches that the living and the dead do not have forgiveness of sins through the sufferings of Christ unless Christ is again offered for them daily by the priest (and that Christ is bodily under the form of bread and wine and is therefore to be worshipped in them). Therefore the Mass is fundamentally a complete denial of the once for all sacrifice and passion of Jesus Christ (and as such an idolatry to be condemned.)
O Lord, Our King Rejoices……………………………30
– Consecration –
+ Scripture Reading
Genesis 22:1-18; James 1:12-21
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Opening: Luke 12:27-28
Thanksgiving: Luke 12:32
Petitions: Luke 11:3
Psalm 87………………………………..bulletin pg. 10
CCD: Jonah 2 (Ty Knight)Sermon
Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10
The Appointed Sea Monster (1:17)
We left Jonah with one nostril above the water line, and he’s sinking fast. The LORD commissioned a great fish to swallow him (17). Being swallowed by sea monsters is a recurring theme where God uses Gentile nations to judge and preserve His people (Jer. 51:34). For Jonah God’s kindness smelled like fish stomach.
Prayer from the Deep (2:1-2)
As we work through Jonah’s prayer, pay attention not only to what Jonah says but what he does not say. What would you expect someone who has disobeyed to pray? In the first part Jonah describes his current situation. Where’s Jonah? The belly of Sheol (vs 2), the deep, the heart of the seas under the flood, waves, and billows (vs 3), away from God’s sight (vs 4), under deep waters, wrapped in weeds (vs 5), at the roots of the mountains, in the land whose bars closed upon me forever (vs 6).
Forgotten Confession (2:3-6)
The next important question is, “How did Jonah get there?” His explanation starts back in verse 3, “For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me, all your waves and your billows passed me.” Jonah’s prayer is self-centered. There are 24 first person pronouns––I, me, my––in this 8 verse prayer! In all this talk about himself, he could say, but doesn’t, “I’m sorry. Forgive me.” Jonah fails to admit his sin.
Half-Hearted Repentance and Half-Hearted Obedience (2:8-9)
Jonah comes the closest to identifying the problem in verse 8––paying attention to vain idols. Because there’s no admission of sin, there’s no call for repentance. Jonah prays for deliverance from the pit, but not for repentance in how he got himself into the pit. What happens with a half-hearted confession? Half-hearted obedience follows.
Jonah and Jesus: Three Days and Three Nights (2:10)
We have already seen some of the connections between Jesus and Jonah. Now both cry out to the LORD from their deathly experience. Unlike Jonah, Jesus aligns His will to the Father’s will (Mt. 26:38-39). Because of Jesus’s prayer and submission as the sign of Jonah for three days and for three nights (Mat. 12:38-40), salvation belongs to the LORD.
– Communion –
Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness………………….214
Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness…………………..215
– 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