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September 29, 2019

Love theme

This week, we'll conclude our liturgical mini-series on 1 Cor. 13:13 with love. We'll sing about God's love for us, our response to his love, and how we are to live in light of this reality.

Prelude – "What Wondrous Love Is This"

This will be an orchestral feature as we quiet our hearts and focus our minds toward God. We do want to draw your attention to the first and second verses. The first verse speaks of God's love for us, "What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul." The second verse speaks of our response to God's love, "To God and to the Lamb, I will sing. To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme, I will sing!" Those are the two main themes of our corporate singing to come.

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

We'll then begin the corporate singing with the familiar hymn. There are several instances of love in this song that could be talked about. "God's unchanging love" in verse 1, Jesus interposing his precious blood for us in verse 2, Our propensity to leave the God we love and his ability to take our hearts and seal them in verse 3, God's love and ability to keep us to the end in verse 4. Think on these in preparation for Sunday.

"His Mercy Is More"

Whatever angle you take on "Come, Thou Fount," what is at the forefront is the truth that God loves his people and has come to save them completely. His mercy is more than all our darkness and was paid for completely through the sacrifice of Jesus, his Son. That's what we'll seek to sing in faith with this song.

"What A Beautiful Name"

Finally, we'll sing again of the love of God in verse 2 for reasons we've already talked about, "My sin was great, your love was greater. What could separate us now?" We'll then conclude the corporate singing with a response that has become one of my favorite sections in all of contemporary music: "Death could not hold you, the veil tore before you. You silenced the boast of sin and grave. The heavens are roaring the praise of your glory. For you are raised to life again. You have no rival, you have no equal. Now and forever, God, you reign. Yours is the kingdom, yours is the glory. Yours is the name above all names."

Communion – "Hide Away in the Love of Jesus"

We'll approach the table with this song as a sung representation of our posture as we taste and see Christ given for us. "Come guilty ones weighed down with sin, hide away in the love of Jesus. The freedom you long for is found in him, hide away in the love of Jesus. Hear him calling your name. See the depths of his love in the wounds of his grace, hide away."

Response – "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

Having firmly established God's extraordinary love for us shown in the sacrifice of his Son and our glad response to him in faith, we'll finish the morning with a call to go out into the world and offer our full selves as a living sacrifice to God for what he's done. (Phil. 1:27; Rom. 12:1)

"Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all."