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June 30, 2019

Grace

This week, we'll take a look at the doctrine of grace. The teaching of this doctrine is God's response to our most fundamental and critical problem which is our separation from him because of sin. He took the initiative to answer definitely this problem for us in the sending of his Son to die for us. (First promised in Genesis 3:15 and realized in the coming of Christ) Sal...

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June 23, 2019

The church

We'll take a look this week at the doctrine of the church. We'll specifically be singing about how Christ's death and resurrection effectively purchased the church (Acts 20:28), as well as how we are to think of ourselves and live in light of Christ. (Colossians 1:10; Eph. 4:1) Prelude "Come People of the Risen King" This is a great prelude that helps to tune our hearts...

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June 16, 2019

Trinity2

This week we'll celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity. Our songs will focus on how our God, 3-in-1, works together for our salvation. Ephesians 1:3-14 provides our grounding for this truth. Also, I find it really helpful to read precise definitions when it comes to concepts as profound as this one. The Athanasian Creed provides a perfect opportunity for precisely defining ...

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June 9, 2019

Pentecost

We have now concluded Eastertide and will celebrate Pentecost this week. In lieu of the usual Scripture references for each song, take a minute to read of a prophecy about Pentecost from Joel and the actual event in Acts. (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2) Sandy Willson will be with us again to continue our series, "Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners," this week from the story of the wo...

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June 2, 2019

Living Hope

The Rejoice Youth Choir has been on a mission tour to Philadelphia this week and will be leading us in worship on Sunday. The songs for the week will reflect the missional heart behind their work. Prelude "O Sifuni Mungu" This is a great call to worship that is in the African Swahili language. It does have some English quotations of "All Creatures." This is our tie into...

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May 26, 2019

Mercy

We continue our season of Eastertide this week with a focus on the great mercy of God. This comes to us in many forms. This week, we'll sing chiefly about God's mercy as seen through him willingly sending his Son, because of nothing good in us, to die and be raised again for our sin. Prelude "Crown Him with Many Crowns" This will be a piano/violin instrumental but the...

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May 19, 2019

Sanctification

We'll continue our celebration of Eastertide this week with a focus on sanctification. This is just a big word that simply means that as believers, we are to progressively increase in holiness as we are conformed by God evermore into the image of the Christ who has justified us. Places like Romans 6:18; 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20; 1 Thess. 4:3; 2 Peter 3:18give us a good starting p...

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May 12, 2019

Justification

As promised, we'll continue our celebration of Eastertide this week by taking a look at the liturgical theme of Justification. Paul uses the term "justified" in a way that refers to a legal standing before a holy God. Justification to him is how we aredeclaredto be righteous before the Father. (Isaiah 6:1-7; Rom. 5:1, 9-11; Gal. 2:15-21) Only through the imputed righteousn...

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May 5, 2019

The cross 2

During our third Sunday of Easter we'll sing of the Cross. We'll celebrate the great work of true love and justice shown perfectly on the cross. It'll also serve to prepare us for what we'll sing about next week in the doctrine of Justification. "O Praise the Name" The first verse prepares us to celebrate the victory of Easter by singing of the cross that came beforehand...

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April 28, 2019

Resurrection

This week marks the second Sunday of Easter and is in the time of year known as Eastertide which spans 50 days from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. Traditionally, the Church has primarily celebrated the resurrection during this time as will we this week. We'll sing directly of the resurrection as well as of the hope that it gives us. A sub-theme for the morning is our respo...

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