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Malachi brings a message from God to Israel.  As we start a series through the book of Malachi, we want to allow the words of the prophet to teach us of the struggles of Israel, refresh us with the promises of God, and move us toward repentance as we see our want of conformity to the law of God reflected in Israel.  The nation has been brought back from captivity and freed to rebuild the temple of God.  The hand of God was clearly moving among the surrounding nations and within their captor, yet the people fall captive to their sinful desires which move them to suppress the truth in unrighteousness leading to disobedience toward God, their Father.

We are no different from Israel in this regard.  We are being built up as living stones into a temple of the living God.  The hand of God has move powerfully to bring redemption to His people through His Son.  His Spirit has called us and renewed us.  We have hope in eternity and yet we continue to be tempted away from Him and His perfect law.  We need the savior that God promised and as we now know has come.  We rejoice in hope that the Lord is renewing us day by day and will finally renew us as we step into eternity.  Read Malachi and let his words convict you and encourage you all at the same time!

Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

The Song of Ascent     All Who Are Thirsty

The Welcome and Greeting

Leader: May the grace and peace of Christ be with you
People: And also with you

The Call to Worship     Psalm 100

Leader:    Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!

People: It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Leader:    Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

People: For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

The Prayer of Invocation

The Song of Praise Revelation Song

The Call to Confession     Malachi 1:6-9

The Prayer of Confession

All: Sovereign King, You are righteous, pure and the very definition of perfection.  We, who are made in Your image, have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to offer our whole selves to You without reserve.  We are tempted to keep the best You have given us for ourselves while giving to You what is left over and unwanted.  Rather than honor You as a good Father, we have dishonored Your name by exalting ourselves.  Accept us as Your children on the merit of Christ and Forgive us, we ask, in His name.

 (A time of silent confession before God)

All: Our Father who art heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

The Promise of Forgiveness: Romans 3:19-24

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 62-64

Leader: But why cannot our good works be the whole, or part of our righteousness before God?

People: Because, that the righteousness, which can be approved of before the tribunal of God, must be absolutely perfect, and in all respects conformable to the divine law; and also, that our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin.

Leader: What! do not our good works merit, which yet God will reward in this and in a future life?

People: This reward is not of merit, but of grace.

Leader: But does not this doctrine make men careless and profane?

People: By no means: for it is impossible that those, who are implanted into Christ by a true faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness.

The Song of Rejoicing    The Love of God

The Prayer of Intercession

The Scripture Reading   Malachi 1:1-5

The Preaching of God’s Word

The Bringing of Tithes and Offerings

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Benediction