Malachi turns his focus on the priests beginning in verse 6 of chapter 1. They are leading the people astray. The priesthood and accompanying sacrifices are a shadow of the reality of Christ our intercessor. The priests were derelict in their duties and their disobedience was displeasing to the Lord. First and foremost these verses turn our eyes to the perfect spotless sacrificial lamb of Christ. It then calls us to examines ourselves as we are all a holy and royal priesthood in Christ. These words speak conviction into our hearts and draw our minds back to God’s statement in Malachi 1:2 when he says, “I have loved you.”
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 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
The Welcome and Greeting
The Call to Worship Psalm 99:9
The Prayer of Invocation
The Song of Praise Pearly Gates
The Call to Confession Hebrews 10:19-22
The Prayer of Confession
All: High and holy God, we are not worthy to approach Your throne, but we come boldly through faith in Christ to confess our sin and seek Your forgiveness. We have openly sinned against You by not loving our neighbor and idolizing ourselves. We have sinned in secret in ways too numerous to recount them all to You now. Wash us clean through the blood of Christ, draw near to us, and receive us as beloved children. We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
(A time of silent confession before God)
The Promise of Forgiveness: Hebrews 10:10-14
The Affirmation of Faith The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 65-68
Leader: Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all his benefits by faith only, from where does this faith proceed?
People: From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments.
Leader: What are the sacraments?
People: The sacraments are holy visible signs and seals, appointed of God for this end, that by the use thereof, he may the more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the gospel. And this is God’s promise: to grant us freely the remission of sin, and life eternal, for the sake of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross.
Leader: Are both word and sacraments, then, ordained and appointed for this end, that they may direct our faith to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, as the only ground of our salvation?
People: Yes, indeed: for the Holy Ghost teaches us in the gospel, and assures us by the sacraments, that the whole of our salvation depends upon that one sacrifice of Christ which he offered for us on the cross.
Leader: How many sacraments has Christ instituted in the new covenant, or testament?
People: Two: namely, holy baptism, and the holy supper.
The Song of Rejoicing There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
An Update from Culchetch Trace Donahoo
The Prayer of Intercession
The Scripture Reading Malachi 1:6-2:9
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.