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September 6, 2020

God is holy

We'll conclude our series on Ezra and Nehemiah this week with an emphasis on God's holiness.

Prelude – "Agnus Dei w/ Holy, Holy, Holy"

We'll turn our minds towards God and prepare to worship him with the reminder that he is absolute in his holiness. These two familiar songs will serve that purpose. Though it'll be played as an instrumental, our hope is that their texts are still brought to mind. "Holy, holy are you Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb. Amen! Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty. God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!"

"Only A Holy God"

We'll then begin the corporate singing with exactly that idea. This song is all about the holiness of our God. The first verse sets the stage well: "Who else commands all the hosts of heaven? who else could make every king bow down? Who else can whisper and darkness trembles? Only a Holy God."

"Let Us Adore"

What is the only proper response to a Holy God who you call Father by his own doing? Worship and adoration. "The heavens declare the glory of God. And all of the world will join the praise, his wonders proclaim. Let us adore him, Jesus Christ is the Lord. Come and behold him, bow down before him. Jesus Christ is the Lord."

"No Other Name"

We'll end the corporate set with explicitly reminding each other of the truth from Scripture that there is only one name given under heaven by which we must be saved. It is that of Jesus Christ. His name is above every other name and he is worthy of all of our praises. "The earth will shake and tremble before him. Chains will break as heaven and earth sing, 'Holy is the name, holy is the name of Jesus.'"

Response – "Holy, Holy, Holy"

We'll have the opportunity to respond to the word preached with the text of the hymn from the prelude. As we go out into the world, let us go with the proclamation that we serve a holy God. "Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!"