CALL TO WORSHIP
- OPENING CHORUSES
- We Have Come Into His House
- He is Here
- Reach Out and Touch The Lord
- OPENING PRAYER
WELCOME … and THANKS for joining us. We trust, as always, that your time with us will be well spent … and you’ll be glad you joined us.
CALL TO WORSHIP
- The theme for this week is put off darkness and put on the armor of light.
- The call to worship psalm for today is Psalm 122 – a hymn of joy over Jerusalem, God’s holy city. The psalmist is moved to pray for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to be beacons of light, living in peace and protected by God within the city’s walls.
Psalm 122:1-5,6-9 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, 4 where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5 For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. 7 Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” 8 For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.
1. My Heart Will Trust (21#7)
2. The Potter’s Hand (21#8)
3. Love You So Much (21#9)
First SCRIPTURE READING
Isaiah provides us with a beautiful description of God’s kingdom, which is characterized by peace and justice — a mountain that draws all inhabitants of the world to it. Due to the reality of the present and coming kingdom, Isaiah’s audience is invited to walk in “the light of the Lord.”
- Where will the Lord’s house be?
- Why does Isaiah refer to mountains … and hills?
- Who will be teaching?
- Who will be judging?
- Today’s Speaking of Life video may give us some insight. Let’s watch …
SERMONETTE … Speaking of Life …
Second SCRIPTURE READING
In Romans, Paul encouraged his readers to lay aside dark actions and clothe themselves in Christ, who is light and protection.
Romans 13:11-14 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent; the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk [a]properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
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CALL TO FELLOWSHIP
In our interactive sermon today, we’ll see where Jesus admonished his followers to be continuously prepared for his arrival by doing the things He instructed them to do. But first …
You Are My All in All (27#11)
The TEXT … Matthew 24:36-39,40-44
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
- What does the passage say?
- What does the passage mean?
- What does the passage require of us? What can we take away (to apply in our lives) today?
- What “day” or “hour” is Jesus referring to? (See Matthew 24:3, 29-31, 32-34, 35)
- Why do you think no one knows the hour or the day?
- What about the “days of Noah” is similar to the “day” that is coming?
- How do you understand from your reading of Matthew 24:40-41?
- Re: Matthew 24:42 … what do you think Jesus was exhorting His listeners to watch?
- Why do you believe He was exhorting them to do that?
- What is the main implication of Matthew 24:43?
- What do you think is the main takeaway of that verse (Matthew 24:43)?
- Could it be that there is a potential danger that Jesus is alerting them to?
- What do you think the main takeaway of the entire passage?
SONG OF RESPONSE
Crown Him … Don Moen w/ choir and orchestra (2#5)
CLOSING (& OFFERTORY) SONG
He Knows My Name (51#2-07)
CLOSING PRAYER (including Prayer of Thanks for Offering)
- Thanks for joining us.
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