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Sunday Service – Christ Church Downtown (9:30)
October 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
Jesus Shall Reign, p. 311
– Confession –
The Sacrifices of God Are a Broken Spirit, p. 414
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!
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.
Minister: It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
Congregation: And to sing praises unto Your name, O most High:
Minister: To show forth Your lovingkindness in the morning,
Congregation: And Your faithfulness every night.
Minister: The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree:
Congregation: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Minister: Those that be planted in the house the Lord
Congregation: Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Minister: They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;
Congregation: They shall be fat and flourishing;
Minister: To show that the Lord is upright:
Congregation: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
It’s Good to Thank the Lord, p. 121
– Consecration –
+ SCRIPTURE READING
Hosea 6:1-11; Jude 3-11
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!‘
Shan and Rachael Hemphill (CC–1st)
Mordecai Saxon Ford Barendregt (CC–1st)
Validiana Evangeline Harris (CC–2nd)
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.’
PROFESSION OF FAITH BAPTISMS
Beatrix and Joseph Nibler (CC–2nd)
Congregational charge: Our brother and sister, 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, our brother, and this is what you have heard and believed. And thus the word of the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.
I to The Hills Will Lift Mine Eyes, p. 159
Opening: 1 Chronicles 16:14-15
Thanksgiving: Psalm 106:1-2
Petitions: Psalm 121:1-2
Why Do the Heathen Nations Vainly Rage? pp. 4-5
CC: Jesus in the Garden (N.D. Wilson)Sermon
For so many reasons, Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most pored over scenes in Scripture by the devout. Wedged between the Last Supper and Judas’ betrayal, the scene shows us Jesus at His most emotional. In John 11:35, Jesus weeps over Lazarus. But in Matthew 26: 36-42; Mark 14: 32-35; Luke 22: 39-44, we see and understand His pain. His tears are like blood. His disciples are sleeping. His anguish is so extreme that an angel is sent to comfort Him. Hebrews 5 describes the desperation of Christ’s prayer, but also the surrounding purpose. Christ had something to learn?
The Whole Story
In the Garden, we see Jesus ask His Father to do something. And we see His Father deny Him. This is the Incarnate Word, the One through Whom all things were made. This God-Man was the lynch-pin of all history. The One Whom the prophets foretold, the Lamb to unmake and remake the world. And in His most desperate prayer, His Father denied Him.
I’m sure faithful pastors have been thundering on these verses since they were still freshly written history, and faithful ministers will be thundering on them still until the very end of history. And there will still be new things for us to learn from Christ’s anguish and courage when this world is in its final week. There are new things for us here right now.
God Says No
God is speaking all around us all the time, crafting every whirring atom in every scene in which we exist. Every one of our moments is divinely bespoke, and when we cry out to Him, He hears us. He answers prayers. But He does not always say yes. Because, while we are often focused on physical comforts (comforts which He invented for us), your comfort is not your highest and best use. The Father denied Christ here, because His purpose was Christ’s glory for eternity, for His Son’s highest and best use…
Feelings should be given to God to be confirmed by Him or to be thrown down. By all means, tell Him what you feel. Be raw and completely honest. But our feelings should never be given the steering wheel. Not even Christ’s feelings in that Garden were given control. How much less should yours be? And Christ’s pleading had an ending. In the story that follows, throughout the passion narrative, we do not see Christ still begging to be relieved of the cup. Think of Him standing in front of Pilate and how changed His demeanor is. Christ pleaded with God. And then, having received His answer, Christ acted. He ran the Father’s play to His own extreme hurt.
We live in a moment in time when feelings are treated like more than just sacred cows. They are treated like sacred black holes, bending light itself with their gravity, bending the very truth. In the face of feelings, truth is treated like blasphemy.
It’s Not About Us. It’s Never Been About Us. Let’s Talk About Us.
Jesus died for you, but He didn’t really die for you. The atonement wasn’t one of those terrible claw games at a grocery store where our Savior paid an enormous price only to discover that we were cheap trash made of itchy, recycled polyester suits. Jesus didn’t get ripped off. And if we were all He had been given, the rip off would have been significant. Jesus glorified the Father. He drank the cup and went to the cross and rose again to glorify the Father. If saving us—if saving you–hadn’t glorified the Father, Jesus wouldn’t have done it. It wasn’t about us. We weren’t worth it! But Restoring the imago dei, raising millennia upon millennia of corrupt dry bones, remaking a race of helpless, hopeless trash into beings that could also please and glorify the Father, that was a miracle of miracles. Our rotten corruption, our darkness, our canker sore hearts—what we brought to the table was an impossible level of difficulty and a manifestation of Christ’s humility. And yet, Christ stooped lower than low and made us new. Yes, He died for us. But He did it for our Father’s glory…
Fatherhood is not protectionism. Fatherhood is preparation. Fatherhood is sending.
Freedom vs Predestination
God shows His work when He chooses to. We love the idea of a radical human freedom that even God defers to. It is a concept that rubs our human fur the right way, because it’s a tasteful basket of fruit left at the feet of our favorite idol…ourselves.
Our Cups, Our Crosses, Our Easter Mornings
We should face our trials, our suffering, our feelings in the same way Christ did. Give them to your true Father, the One Christ leads us to. But once you’ve given them to God, submit to what He chooses to do with them. More than that, labor to live through them and with them in whatever way will bring your Father in Heaven the most glory, knowing that route is never painless. Not even for the most perfect man who ever walked this earth. But on the other side, there is Easter, and joy eternal to dwarf mere hours of pain.
CCD: Ruth #5: Love Story(Ty Knight)Sermon
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is henot our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your bestgarment and go down to the threshing floor; butdo not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.” 5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. 7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 And he said, “Who areyou?” So she answered, “I amRuth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”
10 Then he said, “Blessed areyou of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you area virtuous woman. 12 Now it is true that I ama close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. 13 Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be thatif he will perform the duty of a close relative for you—good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, asthe Lord lives! Lie down until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Also he said, “Bring the shawl that ison you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahsof barley, and laid iton her. Then she went into the city.
16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Isthat you, my daughter?”
Then she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 And she said, “These six ephahsof barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’ ”18 Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” (Ruth 3:1-18)
What’s a Kinsman-Redeemer?
A Son of Judah and a Daughter of Moab
Ruth as Virtuous Woman
Boaz as a Dutiful Man
Christ Our Redeemer
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Bring Ye All the Tithes, bulletin p. 8
– Communion –
Behold! the Mountain of the Lord, p. 298
Behold! the Mountain of the Lord, p. 299
– Commissioning –
+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Psalm 134, bulletin p. 10
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.