Sunday Morning Calls to Worship


Call to Worship November 10 2019

THE POOR MAN’S OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY by Robert Hawker “DEUTERONOMY 10:14-15 It is very precious to trace all mercies to their source. The infinite greatness of GOD, and the infinite littleness of man, are in these verses most suitably brought together, by way of demonstrating, to the full, the wonderful properties of distinguishing grace. Nothing but distinguishing grace can be the cause assigned for GOD’S mercy. The love of GOD is the source, the first, the predisposing, the original, and only cause. The blood of JESUS, the price given for the purchase; and the HOLY SPIRIT, the whole cause of…

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Call to Worship December 3, 2019

THE POOR MAN’S OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY Robert Hawker  “DEUTERONOMY 9:23-29 I would again remind the Reader, in this place, of that sweet office of the HOLY GHOST as the LORD’S Remembrancer. Moses was acting in this instance as his instrument. And when at any time our sins and rebellions are brought to our remembrance, whatever is the instrument, may we have grace to consider in it the HOLY SPIRIT’s work. This will open a blessed source of improvement…What a beautiful strain of earnestness in prayer is here read to us, of Moses’s pleading with GOD in his covenant relation and…

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Call to Worship October 27, 2019

Seeking a Reformation of Worship BY R.C. SPROUL “When Israel’s prophets denounced the corruption of Israelite worship, they sought reform, not revolution. Though they vehemently criticized liturgicalism, they never attacked the liturgy. Though they railed against externalism and formalism, they never sought to remove the externals and forms God had instituted. For the forms of worship to communicate the content they are designed to convey, there must be constant instruction so that people understand their meaning. The sacraments are not naked symbols. They must be clothed with the Word. Word and sacrament must go together. Sacrament without Word inevitably yields formalism. Word without sacrament…

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Call to Worship October20 2019

THE POOR MAN’S OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY Robert Hawker “DEUTERONOMY 7:7-8 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: (8) But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. I hardly know a passage in the Old Testament more sweetly expressive of…

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Call to Worship October 13 2019

THE POOR MAN’S OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY Robert Hawker “What can the imagination form of more loveliness, than that of beholding a pious parent encircled by his little family, to whom he is recounting the LORD’S gracious dealings with his soul. Reader, only picture to yourself a father…thus engaged, and then ask, whether the blessing of the LORD must not rest upon such households! And observe moreover, the care that is taken, by the Jewish law-giver, acting in his high character under GOD, to enforce religion as a personal thing, as well as a national concern. The words of GOD were…

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Call to Worship October 6 2019

Robert Hawker, The Poor Man’s Commentary, Deuteronomy “DEUTERONOMY 5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The chapter opens with the man of GOD calling the assembly of the people, and demanding audience to his words. Reader! it is sweet to mark our privileges in the gospel church. You and I have learnt, I hope, that the calling of assemblies, and the privilege of ordinances, however valuable in themselves, are nothing without the…

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Call to Worship September 29 2019

Robert Hawker, The Poor Man’s Commentary, Deuteronomy Chapter 4 “Verses 41-43 GOD hath given commandment concerning those cities of refuge: Numbers 35:9-34. But of such importance was the thing itself, that Moses in the very opening as it were, of his sermon, breaks off to follow up the LORD’S precept concerning this thing. But is there not a gospel sense in it, and that of a very interesting nature? I think there is. Are not those cities of refuge all typical of JESUS? Is not everyone a manslayer, that slays his own soul by sin? And if the avenger of…

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Call to Worship September 15 2019

The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Watson “3. Is Christ’s blood shed? Here is comfort against death. A dying Savior, sweetens the pangs of death. Is your Lord crucified? Be of good comfort! Christ, by dying, has overcome death. He has cut the lock of sin where the strength of death lay! Christ has knocked out the teeth of this lion! He has pulled the thorn out of death—so that it cannot prick a believer’s conscience. ‘O death, I will be your plague,’ Hosea 13:14. Christ has disarmed death and taken away all its deadly weapons, so that, though it may strike, it cannot sting a believer. Christ has drawn the poison out…

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Call to Worship September 6 2019

The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Watson “COMFORT to God’s people. 1. From Christ’s broken body and His blood poured out, we may gather this comfort—that it was a glorious sacrifice. It was a sacrifice of infinite merit. Had it been only an angel that suffered, or had Christ been only a mere man, as some blasphemously dream—then we might have despaired of salvation. But He suffered for us—who was God as well as man. Therefore, the apostle expressly calls it ’the blood of God,’ Acts 20:28. It is man who sins. It is God in our nature who dies! This is sovereign medicine to believers. Christ having poured out His blood—now…

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Call to Worship September 1 2019

The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Watson “Branch 7. If Jesus Christ has provided so holy an ordinance as the Lord’s Supper, let us live suitably to it. Have we received Christ into our hearts? Let us show Him forth—by our heavenliness. Let us show forth Christ by our heavenly words. Let us speak the language of Canaan. When the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, they spoke with other tongues, Acts 2:4. While we speak the words of grace and soberness—our lips are fragrant with perfume, and drip with honey.                  Let us show forth Christ by our heavenly affections….

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