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The book of Malachi has challenged us in many ways.  It has called us to view our own sin as disgusting filth rather than minor accidents.  It demands that we see God as greatly displeased and dishonored by sin.  It pleads with us to not look to the fallen world and give it the label of good.  Malachi 2 ends with the people asking for the God of justice to come, and Malachi ensures the people that He is indeed coming.  Malachi 3 turns our attention toward the promise of the Covenant.   They are told that God will send His messenger first and then will come and that no one can endure His coming.  The judgement is not only for those outside of Israel, but for everyone.  The covenant promise is that God’s royal holy nation will be spared because God does not change.  We learn through the witness of the New Testament that this sparing comes through the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Malachi reveals our need to fear the Lord, trust His promises, and wait on His coming with hope.

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     Draw My Soul To Thee

The Welcome and Greeting

The Call to Worship     Psalm 24:7-10

Leader:    Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

People: Who is this King of glory?

Leader:    The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

People: Who is this King of glory?

Leader: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!

The Prayer of Invocation

The Song of Praise  Help My Unbelief

The Call to Confession   Psalm 81:8-10

The Prayer of Confession   

All: Almighty God.  Forgive us.  We have bowed our hearts to a foreign god.  You have been faithful yet we are faithless.  Have mercy on us in Christ and draw near to us in peace.

(A time of silent confession)

The Promise of Forgiveness: Malachi 3:13-18

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 80-82

Leader:    What difference is there between the Lord’s Supper and the popish mass?

People:  The Lord’s supper testifies to us, that we have a full pardon of all sin by the only sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which he himself has once accomplished on the cross; and, that we by the Holy Ghost are ingrafted into Christ, who, according to his human nature is not on earth now, but is in heaven, at the right hand of God his Father, and will there be worshipped by us.  But the mass teaches, that the living and dead have not the pardon of sins through the sufferings of Christ, unless Christ is also daily offered for them by the priests; and further, that Christ is bodily under the form of bread and wine, and therefore is to be worshipped in them; so that the mass, at bottom, is nothing else than a denial of the one sacrifice and sufferings of Jesus Christ, and an accursed idolatry.

Leader: For whom is the Lord’s Supper instituted?

People:  For those who are truly sorrowful for their sins, and yet trust that these are forgiven them for the sake of Christ; and that their remaining infirmities are covered by his passion and death; and who also earnestly desire to have their faith more and more strengthened, and their lives more holy; but hypocrites, and such as turn not to God with sincere hearts, eat and drink judgment to themselves.

Leader:    Are those who declare themselves unbelieving and ungodly both by confession and life to be admitted to this supper?

People:  No; for by this, the covenant of God would be profaned, and his wrath kindled against the whole congregation; therefore it is the duty of the christian church, according to the appointment of Christ and his apostles, to exclude such persons, by the keys of the kingdom of heaven, till they show amendment of life.

The Song of Rejoicing    Nothing But the Blood

The Prayer of Intercession

The Scripture Reading   Malachi 3:1-5

The Preaching of God’s Word  

The Bringing of Tithes and Offerings

The Response of Praise

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above

The Benediction