June 25, 2017

Preaching:  Rev. Brad Lenzner

Call to Worship:  Psalm 46
Invocation: Isaiah 25:8
He will swallow up death forever;
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.
The Law:  1 Peter 4:7–11
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 65:17–25
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress. 20 No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

The New Testament Lesson: Revelation 21:1–4
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

The Sermon: “The Hope of Heaven for the Hardships of Here and Now”                                                  Revelation 21:1-4
Hymn 1 (Grey Psalter # 46 ) “God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength” 
Hymn 2 (Grey Psalter # 485) “O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire”
Hymn 3 (Red Trinity # 539) “Jerusalem the Golden” 

The Afternoon Service
"The Greatness of God’s Power Toward Us” Part 2 - (Continuing in Ephesians) 
Hymn 1 (Blue Psalter #114) "Praise Waits for Thee in Zion"
The Old Testament Lesson:  Psalm 8:4-6, Psalm 16:8-11; Psalm 110:1
The New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23
The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 17-19 (Q&A 45, 49, 50-51) 
Hymn 2 (Blue Psalter #361 ) “Praise the Savior”