May 28, 2017

Preaching:  Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Invocation:  Psalm 90:1–2
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
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: Jeremiah 9:17–26
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider, and call for the mourning women to come; send for the skillful women to come; 18 let them make haste and raise a wailing over us, that our eyes may run down with tears and our eyelids flow with water. 19 For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion: ‘How we are ruined!  We are utterly shamed, because we have left the land, because they have cast down our dwellings.’” 20 Hear, O women, the word of the LORD, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth; teach to your daughters a lament, and each to her neighbor a dirge. 21 For death has come up into our windows; it has entered our palaces, cutting off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares. 22 Speak: “Thus declares the LORD, ‘The dead bodies of men shall fall like dung upon the open field, like sheaves after the reaper, and none shall gather them.’” 23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares theLORD.” 25 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”
The New Testament Lesson: Galatians 5:1–6
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  2  Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
The Sermon:  “For Freedom” The Ninth in a Series of Sermons on Galatians
Hymn 1  (Trinity Hymnal # 1)  “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
Hymn 2 (Trinity Hymnal # 420)  “A the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”
Hymn 3 (Trinity Hymnal # 521)  “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
The Afternoon Service – Learning the Basics of the Reformed Faith
Hymn 1 (Psalter Hymnal # 95) “Gracious God, My Heart Renew”
Why Do Good Works?
The Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 6
The New Testament Lesson: 1 Peter 2
The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 32 (Q&A 86-87), Belgic Confession, Article 24
Hymn 2 (Psalter Hymnal # 160) “Lord God of Hosts, in Mercy”