Sermon: May 24, 2020

Welcome

Opening Prayer

Hymn

Reading:  Westminster Shorter Catechism

86.   Q.  What is faith in Jesus Christ?  A.  Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

87.    Q.  what is repentance unto life?  A.  Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.

Pastoral Prayer

Special Music

Scripture:  Mark 5: 1-20

Worship Through Preaching: “THE SON MAKES YOU FREE”

Theme – Resist the devil through faith in Christ.

  1. The misery of the demoniac (v. 2-5).
    1. The devil’s malice toward man.
    2. Relevance for us today.
  2. The cleansing of the demoniac (v. 6-13).
    1. The demon’s reaction to Christ.
    2. The power and authority of Jesus Christ.
  3. The response of the demoniac (v. 14-20).
    1. The people’s response.
    2. The healed man’s loyalty.

Closing Prayer

                                                                                                                                                        

Sermon: May 17, 2020

Welcome
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer
Reading
: The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer
Hymn
Scripture:
Mark 4:35-41
Worship Through Preaching
: “TRUSTING GOD DURING A STORM”

Theme – Trust God during stormy times.

  1. There will be storms in life.
    1. Faith needs to be tested.
    2. Different kinds of storms will come.
  2. Jesus can deliver us from storms.
    1. The problem of weak faith.
    2. Benefits of faith during a storm.

Closing Prayer

Sermon: May 10, 2020

Welcome

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Reading:  The Heidelberg Catechism:  Questions 27 and 28

Q.  What do you understand by the providence of God?

A.  Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty – all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand.

Q.  How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?

A.  We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love.  All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.      

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn  “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:

Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting you are God, to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come:
O be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.

Scripture   Joel, Chapter 2

Worship Through Preaching: “BLESSINGS FOR THE REPENTANT”

Theme:  Believe in God’s good purposes for you.

  1. God controls your circumstances.
    1. Israel’s situation.
    2. Our situation.
  2. God wants you to turn to Him
    1. Israel’s repentance.
    2. Our repentance.
  3. God has blessings in store for you.
    1. Earthly blessings.
    2. Spiritual blessings.

Closing Prayer

                                                                                                                                                                  

Sermon: May 03, 2020

Welcome
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer
Hymn
Reading
: The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 1

Q.1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own,
But belong-
body and soul,
in life and in death
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven:
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by His Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

Pastoral Prayer
Special Music
Scripture Reading
– Psalm 31
Worship Through Preaching: “ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE LORD”

Theme: Be encouraged in the Lord.

  1. David’s need (v. 9-13).
    1. Its extremity.
    2. Current parallels.
  2. David’s hope (vv. 1-6, 14-17a)
    1. He turned to God.
    2. We also should rely on God.
  3. The Lord’s answer (vv. 7-8, 19-24).
    1. David’s deliverance.
    2. God will help us.

Closing Prayer

Sermon: April 26, 2020

Welcome
Opening Prayer
Reading: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, no made, being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets;
and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;
we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn: “Fairest Lord Jesus”
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor, thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight, and all the twinkling, starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.

Scripture Reading – Psalm 36: 1-10

Worship Through Preaching: “DELIGHTING IN GOD”
Theme: Find supreme delight in God.

  1. To neglect God is sin (v. 1-4)
    1. The ungodly don’t fear God.
    2. Self examination and repentance are needed.
  2. Enjoy the infinite abundance of God’s grace (v. 5-10).
    1. Grace is aligned with God’s righteousness.
    2. Grace in God’s providence.
    3. Rejoice in God’s grace.

Closing Prayer

Sermon: April 19, 2020

Welcome

Opening Prayer

Hymn:  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Come, thou fount of ev’ry blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand’ring from the fold of God:
He, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wand’ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander – Lord, I feel it – prone to leave the God I love:
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Reading:  Psalm 67

Pastoral Prayer

Special Music

Scripture Reading – Matthew 28:18-20

Worship Through Preaching: “OUR GREAT COMMISSION”

Theme: “Participate in the Great Commission.”

  1. The basis for the Great Commission (v. 18).
    1. Our Lord’s authority
    2. Motivation for us.
  2. The requirements of the Great Commission (vv. 19-20a)
    1. Make disciples
    2. Baptism – initiation into the church.
    3. Teaching content and obedience.
  3. Encouragement for the Great Commission (v. 20b)
    1. Christ’s presence.
    2. Ultimate victory assured.

Closing Prayer

Sermon: April 12, 2020

Optional Opening Hymn:  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today – SE Samonte

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Reading:  Heidelberg Catechism – Question 45

Q. How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
A. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, so that He might make us share in the righteousness He won for us by His death. Second, by His power we too are already now resurrected to a new life. Third, Christ’s resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns

  1. Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
    Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
    Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
    And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
  2. Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
    And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save;
    His glories now we sing who died and rose on high,
    Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.
  3. Crown Him the Lord of love; behold His hands and side,
    Rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified;
    No angels in the sky can fully bear that sight,
    But downward bends their burning eye at mysteries so bright.
  4. Crown Him the Lord of years, the potentate of time,
    Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
    All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me;
    Thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.

Scripture Reading – I Corinthians 15:20-28

Worship Through Preaching: “CHRIST DEFEATS OUR ENEMIES”
Theme: “He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.”

  1. Christ has defeated our sins (Rom. 6:5-7).
    • Sin’s damage
    • Christ has nullified sin.
  2. Christ has defeated Satan (Heb. 2:14-15).
    • Jesus rendered him inoperative in Christians’ lives.
    • Satan’s work in unbelievers.
  3. Christ has defeated death (I Cor. 15:26).
    • Death is the final enemy.
    • Christ has abolished death.

Closing Prayer

Optional Hymn: Christ Arose! (Low in the Grave He Lay) – SE Samonte