Worship Notes for Sunday, June 2, 2013
This Sunday we continue in the season of the Church year known as Ordinary Time or the Sundays of Pentecost—the period between Pentecost and the start of Advent. The Church calendar starts in Advent with the prophecies and anticipation of the coming and second coming of Christ and then moves through His life and ministry culminating in the season of Easter with resurrection, ascension and the birth of the Church on Pentecost. In a very real sense, this season of Ordinary Time is the story of the Church in the book of Acts as we await the Second Advent—it is living in the outworking of redemption.
Our sermon series on the Luke 11 and the Lord’s Prayer continues with “Forgive Us Our Sing” and so we will focus on our need of forgiveness as well as the need to forgive others. We begin with the Call to Worship from Psalm 119 and the desire to know the way of the Lord in order to not sin against him. Glory Be to God the Father rejoices in the nature and character of God especially as He who loved us and washed us from “each spot and stain.” Holy God, We Praise Your Name reminds of the holy nature of God and his worthiness to be praised.
The New Testament Reading from Matthew 18 challenges us to forgive as we have been forgiven. The Prayer of Confession from Psalm 32 confronts our proclivity to hide our hearts from ourselves as well as from God. Forgiveness comes in acknowledging our sins and confessing our transgressions. We then sing Psalm 32: Blest is the Man. The Profession from God’s Word uses Psalm 25 as an explanation of God’s mercy in instructing sinners in the way that is right.
Our Hymns for Communion are Come, Ye Sinners and There is a Fountain—both prayerful reminders of the cleansing blood of Christ that welcomes sinners home. Our final hymn, Come Ye Souls, By Sin Afflicted, calls us to look to Jesus and learn the happy choice of obedience.