October 20, 2019
This week, our liturgical theme will be assurance. Our assurance as Christians is simple yet profound. We are now one with Christ and God has placed his Spirit within us as a guarantee of what is to come. Christ is our sure inheritance! (Eph. 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:22)
Prelude – "Blessed Assurance (All My Attempts to be Satisfied)"
The prelude is a new song by CityAlight that'd I'd recommend you listen to a couple of times before Sunday. It is a simple song full of rich truth. The most poignant thing to think on as we begin the service is that Christ knew the mission he came to do and he has kept ALL of what the Father gave him (John 6:39; 17:12). That is a strong basis for assurance – God has purposed salvation and will be it through to completion. "What blessed assurance I've found in you. I won't be shaken, I will not be moved. How steadfast your strong hand is keeping me. I won't be shaken, I will not be moved, O blessed assurance."
"He Leadeth Me"
Our assurance here is found exactly in that Scripture reference above from John 6:39. Christ has lost nothing of what was given to him and he will raise it up on the last day. "And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory's won, from death's cold wave I will not flee, for by his hand he leadeth me!"
"Before the Throne of God Above"
Each of these verses could give us solid ground for assurance but the first one sets the stage for the rest. Christ now sits enthroned in heaven as our great High Priest interceding for us. "Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea, a great High Priest whose name is "love" who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on his hands, my name is written on his heart; I know that while in heaven he stands no tongue can bid me thence depart."
We'll finish the corporate singing with the affirmation that Christ came to seek and save the lost, has broken our sin, and saves us both now and on the Last Day. We'll also finish the corporate singing with a bridge of adoration: "So, let your name be lifted higher!"
Communion – "Blessed Assurance"
The first verse speaks perfectly of our theme for the morning as well as the imagery of the table: "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. O, what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long."
Response – "Power of the Cross"
We'll be sent back into the world with a recitation of the gospel story and the proclamation of a renewed life: "Oh, to see my name written in the wounds, for through your suffering I am free. Death is crushed to death, life is mine to live won through your selfless love! This the power of the cross, Son of God slain for us. What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross."