October 13, 2019
We'll be focusing on trust as our liturgical theme this Sunday. All of our songs will then be focused on what God has done for us through Christ and how because of that, we now put our trust in him. We'll sing this week with the help of a more folky/bluegrass instrumentation as we make use of all the good gifts that God has given us to use in the worship of his name. Our tradition has a rich history of singing hymns and this week will give us an opportunity to do that in a fresh way.
"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
Verse 3 always speaks well of this theme as we walk throughout the valleys of life: "What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms." (Ps. 23; Matt. 10:28)
"Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners"
It is our hope that as we transition into this song you'll recall all the great truths we learned this summer as we preached through the different encounters of Christ with sinners like us in the gospels. The last verse gives us great confidence for trust: "Jesus, I do now receive him, more than all in him I find; he hath granted me forgiveness, I am his, and he is mine. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Hallelujah! What a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, he is with me to the end!" (Matt. 28:20)
"Nothing but the Blood"
We'll conclude the corporate singing by making explicit the reason for our confidence, hope, and trust, in this life and the next. Nothing...but the blood of Jesus! "This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus. This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus. O, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus." (Gal. 3:27)
Communion – "Trust and Obey"
As was the basis of our confidence in "Nothing but the Blood," our trust is in the leading of Christ for both this life and the one to come. May our prayer for the morning be that he would grant to us an unwavering obedience to daily take up our cross and follow him. "Then in fellowship sweet, we will sit at his feet or we'll walk by his side in the way. What he says, we will do. Where he sends, we will go. Never fear, only trust and obey." (James 1:22-25)
Response – "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"
We'll conclude the morning with a response that affirms our trust in him and pleads for his grace to go with us back into the world to live out the gospel call: "Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him. How I've proved him o'er and o'er. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus. O, for grace to trust him more!" (Mark 9:24)