Bulletin 11.01.20

Isaiah 55:3a "Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • Why me Lord, what have I ever done
    To deserve even one
    Of the pleasures I've known?
    Tell me Lord, what did I ever do?

     

    - Kris Kristofferson, “Why Me, Lord” (1972)

     

    In the Christ life nothing, nothing at all, can be purchased at the do-it-yourself shop.

     

    - Harry Blamires, The Tyranny of Time (1965; p. 98)

     

    The prophet Samuel and the first king of the Israelites, Saul, are constantly given this description of God’s grace as one-sided. If Saul or his men for one moment suggest that any of the credit for their success belongs to them, they are one-sidedly, and ruthlessly, judged… Saul is cursed because he tried to take his problems into his own hands. But God desired to solve Saul’s problems. There is no synergism, or shared achievement, in the theater of grace.

     

    - Paul Zahl, Grace In Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life (2007, p. 61)

     

    Q:  What does every sin deserve at the hands of God?

     

    A: Every sin, even the least, being against the sovereignty, goodness, and holiness of God, and against his righteous law, deserves his wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come; and cannot be atoned for except by the blood of Christ.

     

    - The Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 152 (1647, modernized)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Isaiah 55.1-3 (NLT)

     

     "Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink-- even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk-- it's all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?

     

    Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.

    Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life.

     

    I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love  (hesed) I promised to David.”

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • Why me Lord, what have I ever done
    To deserve even one
    Of the pleasures I've known?
    Tell me Lord, what did I ever do?

     

    - Kris Kristofferson, “Why Me, Lord” (1972)

     

    In the Christ life nothing, nothing at all, can be purchased at the do-it-yourself shop.

     

    - Harry Blamires, The Tyranny of Time (1965; p. 98)

     

    The prophet Samuel and the first king of the Israelites, Saul, are constantly given this description of God’s grace as one-sided. If Saul or his men for one moment suggest that any of the credit for their success belongs to them, they are one-sidedly, and ruthlessly, judged… Saul is cursed because he tried to take his problems into his own hands. But God desired to solve Saul’s problems. There is no synergism, or shared achievement, in the theater of grace.

     

    - Paul Zahl, Grace In Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life (2007, p. 61)

     

    Q:  What does every sin deserve at the hands of God?

     

    A: Every sin, even the least, being against the sovereignty, goodness, and holiness of God, and against his righteous law, deserves his wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come; and cannot be atoned for except by the blood of Christ.

     

    - The Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 152 (1647, modernized)

     

  • Isaiah 55.1-3 (NLT)

     

     "Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink-- even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk-- it's all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?

     

    Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.

    Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life.

     

    I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love  (hesed) I promised to David.”

     

    (Prayer)

     

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