Sunday Morning Calls to Worship

Call to Worship August 2 2020

“Baptism sets forth the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and our participation therein. Its teaching is twofold. First, think of our representative union with Christ, so that when he died and was buried it was on our behalf, and we were thus buried with him. This will give you the teaching of baptism so far as it sets forth a creed. We declare in baptism that we believe in the death of Jesus, and desire to partake in all the merit of it. But there is a second equally important matter, and that is our realized union with Christ…

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Call to Worship July 26 2020

“I Corinthians 5 Verses 6-8 (6) Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? (7) Purge out therefore the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I am the more inclined to think, that the delivering of the person, before spoken of by the Apostle, to Satan, referred to…

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Call to Worship July 19 2020

“These verses [Matthew 3:1-12] describe the ministry of John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a ministry that deserves close attention. Few preachers ever produced such effects. ‘There went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan.’ None ever received such praise from the great Head of the Church. Jesus calls him ‘a burning and a shining light.’ The great Bishop of souls Himself declares, that ‘among those who are born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist.’ Let us then study the leading…

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Call to Worship July 5 2020

“Forgiven souls are FORGIVING. They do as they have been done by. They look over the offences of their brethren. They endeavor to ‘walk in love, as Christ loved them, and gave Himself for them.’ (Eph. 5:2.) They remember how God for Christ’s sake forgave them, and endeavor to do the same towards their fellow-creatures. Has He forgiven them pounds, and shall they not forgive a few pence? Doubtless in this, as in everything else, they come short—but this is their desire and their aim. A spiteful, quarrelsome Christian is a scandal to his profession. It is very hard to believe that…

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Call to Worship March 15 2020

The order of service will be slightly different Sunday to include baptism. We are looking forward to this encouraging time as we baptize a young man this Lord’s Day. “Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.” J. I. Packer Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, (Baker Books, 2005), p.87.

Call to Worship March 8 2020

Thoughts on Deuteronomy 23:1-14 When reading these verses recognize they are a continuation of previous chapters. They not only express covenant community laws, but they express similar ideals. The ongoing idea regarding purity in the community and worship remains to be a major theme in Chapter 23. The word “assembly” in the text refers to the whole of the community whether at worship or war. Yet it does not mean that all of the community will always be able to gather in the same place all at once. Instead it refers to the awareness of the Israelites as an elect…

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Call to Worship March 1 2020

Thoughts on Deuteronomy 22 Chapter 22 repeats the importance of the holiness of God, the purity of His people and indicates God’s care for creation and humanity. Furthermore, the readers are reminded of the display God desired to show through the nation Israel. Israel was to be set apart. Their separateness was revealed in their obedience to God’s commands. The applications of these verses further explain how to love your neighbor and love God first. The Israelites were not to murder, steal, lie, or covet in dealing with their neighbors (vv. 1-4 & 8). These verses provide specific ways to…

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Call to Worship February 22 2020

Thoughts on Deuteronomy 21: Once again this chapter in Deuteronomy considers some distresses of life and how the Israelite community is to handle those matters. “The distress concerns,” according to Raymond Brown, “a murdered man (1-9), a captured woman (10-14), a deprived son (15-17), a depraved son (18-21), and an executed criminal (22-23).” (Brown, 203) Each of these instances concerns governance, religion, family, and community in the Holy Land given to the Israelites by God. The first issue was an unresolved murder. How should this be handled? Moses indicated the whole of the community was involved. All the civil and…

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Call to Worship February 16 2020

Thoughts on Deuteronomy 20 Often time portions of Deuteronomy seem out of place or order. We must remember there are connections in the broader context of Deuteronomy to God’s purpose for the ethnic people of Israel. Life, death, future and family are important themes in scripture. In Deuteronomy 19 the main concerns were accidental death versus murder and the future of a family in property rights. Chapter 20 considers life, death, future and family from the perspective of war. God spoke directly to His people, through Moses, concerning some considerations of war, the context of an army for war, and…

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Call to Worship February 9 2020

Thoughts on Deuteronomy 19: The Lord God made promises to His people for a future land. He also planned for proper protection for His people interacting in that land. Chapter 19 renders some legal aid for matters of life, property, and testimony. As Raymond Brown stated, “God’s realism is more vividly portrayed in Deuteronomy than anywhere else in the Bible. He makes careful provision for life as it is, not how some would like it to be. The people are about to enter a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’ but the Lord knows that, however beautiful the land, it…

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