Sunday, September 30, 2018
Preaching:  Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Invocation: Psalm 87:1–2

On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

The Law: Matthew 22:34–40

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

The Old Testament Lesson: Zechariah 1:1–6

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, 2 “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 4 Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, ‘As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.’”

The New Testament Lesson: Romans 2:1–11

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

The Sermon: “Return to Me” Sermons on the Minor Prophets – Zechariah (1)

Hymn # 1 (Trinity Psalter Hymnal # 216) “Praise to the Lord”

Hymn # 2 (Trinity Psalter Hymnal # 119V) “Lord, Let My Cry before You Come”

Hymn # 3 (Trinity Psalter Hymnal # 557) “Great King of Nations”

The Afternoon Service – Learning the Basics of the Reformed Faith

The Righteousness of Faith

Hymn # 1 (Trinity Psalter Hymnal # 50) “The Mighty One Our God” vv. 1-4

The Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 32

The New Testament Lesson: Romans 4

The Catechism: Belgic Confession, Article 22

Hymn # 2 (Trinity Psalter Hymnal # 50) “The Mighty One Our God” vv. 5-8