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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/25/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.18-31 Part 1

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship—Psalm 77

(Ps. 77:1-20) I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.  2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.  3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah  4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  5 I consider the days of old, the years long ago.  6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:  7 “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?  8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?  9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah  10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.  13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?  14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.  15 You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah  16 When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.  17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.  18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.  20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 

Hymn No. 68 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Prayer for Students, teachers, staff and schools

Hymn No. 28 “To God be the Glory”

(Heb. 10:19-23) 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hymn No. 339 “Standing on the Promises”

Sermon—John 14:18-31 Part 1—Promises Made

Hymn No. 338 “Wonderful Words of Life”

Benediction

(Rom. 8:33-39)  33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/18/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.12-17

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to worship

(Ps. 20:1-5) May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!  2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!  3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah  4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!  5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

Hymn No. 1 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 122 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

(Jn. 14:15) 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Hymn No. 500 “Trust and Obey”

Sermon John 14:12-17

Hymn No. 534 “Take My Life, and Let it Be Consecrated”

Benediction

(Acts 2:17-21)  17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;  18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.  19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;  20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.  21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/11/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.1-11

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(1 Pet. 2:2-5) 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation–  3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.  4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,  5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hymn No. 154 “What a friend we have in Jesus”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 603 “When We all get to heaven”

Psalm 86:10 You are great and perform wonders.

Hymn No. 6 “How Great Thou Art”

Sermon John 14:1-11

Hymn No. 611 “On Jordon’s Stormy Banks”

Benediction (Heb. 10:32-39)  32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,  33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.  34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.  35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;  38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”  39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/4/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.31-38

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Lk. 7:41-50) 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”  43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”  44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven– for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”  50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Let us praise him as forgiven sinners who may have loved much in this world but now Jesus is the treasure of our lives. Let our large cancelled debts bring forth large praise.

Hymn No. 149 “Praise Him! Praise Him!”

Prayer of Confession and Hope

O Father, Let us not be too at home in this world and nation because as we have just sung, “Christ is coming, over the world victorious; power and glory unto the Lord belong!” But while we are still here, let us take full advantage of our freedoms to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We confess that we have often, I suppose out of fear, have remained silent. Free our tongues to proclaim your good news to all peoples that they might come into your eternal Kingdom through repentance and faith in your beloved Son.

We know this nation is fleeting. Soon it will be gone as will all nations. Yet, our hope is in our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation! Jesus the crucified, sound his praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows, love unbound carries them all day long. Eternal independence is only found in Jesus Christ and in him are we truly free. And this freedom is available to all who come to him by faith.

As we are about to sing to Jesus “Savior, like a Shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in they pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare” us. Prepare us. Shepherd us, O Lord. “With thy love our beings fill” that we might love one another that all peoples might know that we are your disciples! Bring them into your fold, Lord Jesus. Call them, we pray. In Jesus Name, amen.

(Why this next song? Jesus was preparing his disciples for his departure. He gives them the command to love one another. This song says, “…for us thy folds prepare…” and we must first be “with thy love our beings fill” before we can love one another. He is the Good Shepherd who does lead us to love one another. It’s not in us but by his grace and by the Holy Spirit will he work that in us. )

Hymn No. 161 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

(This next song is the means by which Jesus now prepares us with “Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world.” Our prayer is the chorus: “ancient words ever true, changing me and changing you: we have come with open hearts, oh, let the ancient words impart.”)

(Read the verse at the top before at the top of the hymnal: Hebrews 4:12)

Hymn No. 344 “Ancient Words”

Sermon John 13:31-38

Lord’s Supper (We will transition from sermon [end with some instructions for the table and I will pray] then I will call the deacons up to serve)

Benediction—Hymn No. 668 “Doxology”


The Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/27/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.21-30

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Ps. 108:1-5) My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!  2 Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the *dawn!  3 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.  4 For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Hymn No. 615 “When the Morning Comes”

Pastoral Prayer (The Armor of God)

(Eph. 6:10-20)  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,  20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Hymn No. 663 “O Church, Arise”

Isaiah 48:7 “I am the LORD your God…who leads you in the way you should go.”

Hymn No. 659 “Lead On, O King Eternal”

Sermon—John 13:21-30

Hymn No. 447 “It is well with my soul”

Benediction

(Ps. 23:1-6) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.  3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/20/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.12-20

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome (Father’s Day)

Call to Worship–(Ps. 149:1-4) Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!  2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!  3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the *humble with salvation.

Hymn No. 22 “We will Glorify”

Prayer of confession

O Father, indeed, you are the Great I am. May we live for your glory. But we confess that we are not always adorned with humility. But in faith we want to ask for you help.

In humility, let us be unified in mind, unified in love, unified in spirit, unified in purpose.

Let look not only to our own needs, but the needs of others. We want to have the mind of Christ. We want to adorn humility in our minds. Help us see the humility of our King in how he took on the garb of a slave…how he lowered himself to wash the disciples’ feet, even the one who betrayed him.

Therefore, let us work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Let us do all things without grumbling or disputing, that we may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.

As we have confessed, let us come to Jesus. As we are about to respond in song when we sing, “Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus I come, Jesus I come. Into they blessed will to abide…ever thy glorious face to behold, Jesus I come.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

Hymn No. 439 “Jesus I come”

(Zech. 13:1) “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Hymn No. 224 “There is a Fountain”

Sermon—John 13:12-20

Hymn “How Sweet and Awesome is the Place”

Benediction

(Ps. 67:1) May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/13/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.1-11

Prelude

Announcements and Call to Worship

We are about to sing “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” There’s a line in the song that says, “teach us how to love each other.” So, our call to worship text comes from Philippians 2 where Paul instructs us on how to love each other in humility. So, let’s call ourselves to worship with this on our minds:

(Phil. 2:3-11) 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

May our lips sing for joy when we think of the humility and love of Christ towards us and may we learn to love and serve each other as we see Christ!

Hymn No. 13 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”

Welcome and Prayer

Indeed, Lord, we do adore you because your love is unmatched by any. As we are about to sing a song in which we are asking the question, “Amazing love, how can it be that thou, my God, should die for me?”  We know because (Rom. 5:7-8)…one will scarcely die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–  8 but Christ shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We were your enemies and yet you have adopted us into your family.

May we live as sons and daughters of the King! The One who came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as ransom for many. May we serve one another, gladly. May we humble ourselves, because you oppose the proud. When we are full of pride, we become defensive and we feel entitled to things that other people do not deserve. “Pride allows us to convince ourselves that we can step over your boundaries without any consequences. We are no longer afraid of you so we write our own rules.”

O Father, you give grace to the humble. Humble us Lord! Mold us into the image of Christ. We are free to be humble for we are sons of the King. We have nothing to prove. We have your favor and you love us just as you love your Son. Though we are of Adam’s helpless race, Jesus bled for us in his mercy. May we praise you, for your mercy has reached us. Amazing love!

Hymn No. 250 “And Can it Be”

(Highlight this line in the song in light of our text)

“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: the prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo his doom is sure: one little word shall fell him.”

Hymn No. 656 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Sermon John 13:1-11

Hymn No. 229 “Are You Washed in the Blood”

Benediction

(Rev. 7:13-17) “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”  14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.  17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/6/2021

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Order of Worship—John 12.44-50

Prelude

Announcements and Call to Worship

(Ps. 27:4-5)  4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.  5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Hymn No. 463 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

Welcome and Pastoral Prayer

For our government leaders and nation

Hymn No. 47 “Fairest Lord Jesus “

(Ezek. 37:1-10) The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.  2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.  3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”  4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.  5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”  7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them.  9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”  10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Hymn No. 83 “Be Thou My Vision”

Sermon John 12:44-50

The Lord’s Supper

Hymn No. 506 “In Christ Alone”

Benediction

(Lam. 3:24-26)  24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”  25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 5/30/2021

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Order of Worship—John 12.37-43

Prelude

Announcements

Call to Worship

(Ps. 105:1-3) Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!  3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Hymn No. 6 How Great Thou Art

Welcome and Prayer of Confession and Hope

O Lord, our God, you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

Yet, we live in this broken world. A world that has been marked with war and death. These things are the reality in which we live. Tomorrow, the USA will attempt to remember that 1.1 million soldiers have died in war. We forget so easily. They fought for the freedoms we enjoy right now. We gather this morning is freedom because many men and women have died. Their families grieved. Indeed, families are still hurting because of the pains of war and death. Please comfort the hurting.

Yet, we know that true comfort and healing can only come through another death, the death of your Son. He came to set us free from the bondage of sin yet we often forget. We return to that bondage and dishonor the blood Christ spilled for us. Father, forgive us. May we repent and remember. God help us.

In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Hymn No. 448 Before the Throne of God Above

(Isa. 53:3) 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows

Hymn No. 242 Hallelujah, What a Savior!

Sermon—John 12:37-43 “Rejected to Save”

Hymn No. 249 Jesus Paid it All

Benediction

(1 Pet. 2:24-25)  24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 5/23/2021

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Order of Worship—John 12.20-36 Part 2—The Application

Prelude

Announcements and Graduate Recognition

Call to Worship

(Ps. 138:1-8) I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;  2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.  3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.  4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth,  5 and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.  6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.  7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.  8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Song—Hymn #5 “How Great is Our God”

Welcome and Pastoral Prayer

Indeed, Lord, you are great! You dwell in unapproachable light! At the sound of your voice, you spoke into existence the heavens and the earth. As the Potter forms the clay, you made all things good. But we are but clay…weak vessels, for sure. We rebelled against your one clear command and fell into sin and death. We hid ourselves among the bushes and attempted to cover our shame. But you found us and clothed us in your mercy. And you made a promise to send a child that would crush the dead of the deceiver.

By your grace, we discover a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins. And by your grace, we sinners are plunged beneath that flood and lose all our guilty stains. Though as vile as the thief on the cross, the blood of the Innocent One washed all our sins away. And yet the wonder of the cross bids us to come and die so that we may truly live.

Oh, that our neighbors would know this good news! Indeed, we are your witnesses to such a great salvation. Give us boldness as we engage those who cross our paths throughout our days to tell them the wondrous story. We are mere beggars telling other beggars where to find bread. May we direct them to the Bread of Life that they may never hunger again.

But one day, our time here will be over and into your presence we will be.

And… When this poor, lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.

“May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of his suffering.”
In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

(A brief bio on William Cowper): We are about to sing a song written by William Cowper. His life is marked with many tragedies and difficulties including what was described as melancholy. This was a result of losing his mother when he was 6 years old. His relationship with his father was terrible. He sent him off to boarding school where he was bullied in awful ways. And then maybe the final straw was a broken relationship with a girl he had fallen in love with. But Cowper’s life was marked by friends who pointed him to Jesus and helped him learn to follow Jesus. From the doctor at the asylum who shared to the gospel with Cowper and left the scriptures for him to read. The Lord also placed John Newton, the slave-trader who repented and believed and eventually wrote Amazing Grace, into his life. Cowper’s life is marked by other believers with whom he lived and depended on for the rest of his life. The point is, are we dying to self to help others to walk by faith like many did with Cowper? We might not be able to write hymns but we can love and encourage those who can.

Song—Hymn #224 “There is a Fountain”

(Phil. 3:7-11)  7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–  10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Song—Hymn #234 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Sermon—John 12:20-36 “What does it look like to serve and follow Jesus?” (This is a follow up sermon to help us to think and apply the text)

Song—Hymn #534 “Take my life, and Let it Be Consecrated”

Benediction

(Heb. 12:1-2) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.