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Worship Notes for Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 1, 2013

The snare of riches and the temptation to trust in our own strength help form the theme from this morning’s passage from Luke 12. Our accumulated wealth means nothing in the light of eternity. The Call to Worship from Psalm 16 reminds us that it is God who is our portion and that we have a beautiful inheritance that includes pleasures at His right hand forevermore. We sing praises with O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing and Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness.

The Old Testament Reading from Psalm 49 confronts us with the sobering reality that wealth and an abundance of riches can neither ransom someone’s life or pay off God. We perish and leave our wealth to another. The Prayer of Confession from I Timothy 6 deals with our sources of contentment and what it means to store up Godly treasure. The Assurance of Pardon from Ephesians 1 states that we have obtained an inheritance in Christ that is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer gives some perspective on the true blessings of our journey as we lay all our treasure at His throne. In the first Communion Hymn, Deck Yourself My Soul With Gladness, we sing of the priceless gifts of heaven that are offered to us through Christ—the vast and deep treasure of His love. Come Ye Disconsolate reminds us that the best of this world and the sorrows of this world are ultimately healed by the gift of heaven.

As our final hymn, Jesus, I am Resting, Resting, is a prayer for the sufficiency of Christ as our only joy.

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