February 15, 2015 Worship

Wisdom is a great characteristic to have within our culture. We look up to those who have wisdom. We value their opinions. We seek them out for advice, and we want to grow in having more of it. This week as we continue walking through the Book of Ephesians, we encounter Paul’s admonition to consider how we walk and the source of our wisdom. As believers in Christ who are humble and broken, we depend not on man’s wisdom, but upon Christ’s for all things.

Call to Worship – Psalm 111
We begin our service being called by God to praise Him, to give thanks to Him with all of our hearts in the midst of the congregation. While we often praise our own works or the works of others, we praise Him for His works, for His splendor and majesty. We praise Him for His favor towards those who fear Him and for His covenant faithfulness to each generation. We praise Him that as we live in awe-filled fear of Him we grow in knowing wisdom, His wisdom.

Hymn of Adoration – Give to Our God Immortal Praise
Using the words to Trinity Hymnal #3 and the tune of “All Creatures of Our God and King,” we give voice to giving God the praise that is due to Him. May our praise of Him include the wonders of His grace and a repetition of His mercies, not only on Sunday as we sing, but throughout all of our lives.

Assurance of Pardon – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

For most of us, our lives are lived in weakness with the temptation to build ourselves up and make us seem more important, more wise than we are. God seeks those who are weak to shame those who are wise in the world. Our boast before the Lord will be nothing in or about who we are, it will only be in Christ Jesus, our Lord. He is true wisdom, He extends to us true righteousness, accomplished redemption, and sanctifies our hearts. Our only boast is in the Lord. Our assurance of pardon is found not in our confessing of sin but in the accomplishments of Jesus our Savior.

Songs of Thanksgiving
All I Have is Christ – One of the most simple songs that declares the beauty of the Gospel is this song written by Jordan Kauflin. Our lives before Christ were spent depending on the wisdom of this world. Our lives before Christ were filled with darkness and death. Our lives before Christ were filled with boasting in our selves.
Our lives in Christ are no longer filled with condemnation, but joy and life. Our lives rest in the sacrifice of Jesus life on the cross for the penalty of our sins. Our lives in Christ depend upon His wisdom and righteousness for life. We are clothed with His reputation and accomplishments, which are the most beautiful thing we could ever wear.
In response, we sing “Hallelujah, all I have is Christ! Hallelujah, Jesus is my life.
Here is a link to the song that you may listen to it and prepare your hearts for worship.

How High and How Wide – One reason why the Gospel is such a mystery is that according to the wisdom of this world, no one saw it, no ear heard it, and no mind had conceived the glorious riches that are found in it in an of themselves. The Gospel only comes to us through the life and love of Jesus Christ. The Lord brought us near and made us His own. Therefore, we are made joint heirs with Jesus. All the riches of Christ become ours; riches of wisdom, knowledge, joy, love, intimacy with God. The song’s chorus reminds us of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians: that we might comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love. That in surpassing knowledge we would know God’s lavish grace and that He is faithful in all He does.
Here is a link to the song that you may listen to it and prepare your hearts for worship.

Offertory – Lift High the Name of Jesus
As we look forward in the coming weeks to our Missions Conference, we prepare by singing this song written by Keith & Kristyn Getty. The worship team will sing this as we take up our morning offering. Listen and prepare to sing it in worship one day soon!
Here is a link to the song that you may listen to it and prepare your hearts for worship.

Sermon – Ephesians 5:15-16 – “Wise Walking”

15   Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Preparation for Communion – Heidelberg Catechism Question #75

Question: How art thou admonished and assured in the Lord’s Supper, that thou art a partaker of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross, and of all his benefits?
Answer: That Christ has commanded me and all believers, to eat of this broken bread, and to drink of this cup, in remembrance of him, adding these promises (1): first, that his body was offered and broken on the cross for me, and his blood shed for me, as certainly as I see with my eyes, the bread of the Lord broken for me, and the cup communicated to me; and further, that he feeds and nourishes my soul to everlasting life, with his crucified body and shed blood, as assuredly as I receive from the hands of the minister, and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord, as certain signs of the body and blood of Christ.
1.    Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 1 Cor. 11:23-25; 1 Cor. 12:13.

As we prepare to come to the table this week, we look to the Heidelberg Catechism to guide our mind and hearts as we approach the table. We will continue using questions about the Lord’s Supper from this Catechism in the coming weeks.

Psalm of Thanksgiving – Blessed is the Man Who Does Not Walk
We began our service by adoring God that all wisdom is found in Him. We respond now after the Lord’s Supper testifying to the blessing of walking in the wisdom of the LORD. We sing this version of Psalm 1, taken from The Book of Psalms for Worship, to the tune of “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna.” In it we remind ourselves and testify to the world that walking in humility and the ways of the LORD bears much fruit. The wicked walk according to the wisdom of this world. The wicked will be chased away like the chaff. The righteous, those who are broken before the LORD and resting in His goodness, will grow like a tree planted by the stream. That stream is God’s Word and His wisdom which makes our hearts live and grow as only it can do. As we leave worship, may we be mindful this week of how we walk as a believer and whose wisdom we value most in our lives.

Benediction – Hebrews 13:21-22
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

We pray that because of Jesus Resurrection, by the shedding of His blood that our hearts would be equipped and filled with the LORD’s wisdom and love for everything we do in this world.

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