Sunday, January 21, 2018
Preaching:  Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Invocation: (Psalm 5:2)
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God,
For to you do I pray.

The Law:  Matthew 6:1–4
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Old Testament Lesson:  Hosea 2:21–3:5
“And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, 22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel, 23 and I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’” 3:1 And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” 4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.
The New Testament Lesson: Romans 3:21–31
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
The Sermon:  “You Are My People”  Sermons on the Minor Prophets: Hosea (3)
Hymn # 1 (Trinity Hymnal # 9) “All You that fear Jehovah’s Name”
Hymn # 2 (Trinity Hymnal # 488) “Remember Not, O God”
Hymn # 3 (Grey Psalter # 593) “My Song Forever Shall Record”
The Afternoon Service – Learning the Basics of the Reformed Faith
Jesus – Two Natures, One Person
Hymn # 1 (Psalter Hymnal # 5) “How Mat They Who Deeply Trouble Me”
The Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 2
The New Testament Lesson: Acts 13:13 ff
The Heidelberg Catechism:  Formula of Chalcedon (handout)
Hymn # 2 (Psalter Hymnal # 6) “O Hear Me, Thou Most Righteous God”