The book of Malachi has revealed our need of redemption. Israel’s sinful activity is very much like our own and the root of both is unbelief. As we close out the book of Malachi, we see the Gospel with deeper clarity. As we look around today, we may not see much distinction between the blessings of God’s people and the blessings of God’s enemies. If you look closely enough, there is indeed a peace that surpasses all understanding only available to the elect, but on the surface there is no clear distinction. Malachi explains this is part of God’s purposes. He also gives a promise from God that a distinction will be made and this distinction will be greater than the exodus from Egypt or the victory in the promised land of Canaan. The Lord will separate the wheat from the chaff and we must wait for the great and awesome day of our God!
Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.
The Welcome and Greeting
The Song of Ascent O Worship the King
The Call to Worship Psalm 5:11
The Prayer of Invocation
The Song of Praise Jesus, Lover of My Soul
The Call to Confession Psalm 5:4-8
The Prayer of Confession Psalm 5:1-3
All: Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
(A time of silent confession)
The Promise of Forgiveness: Psalm 5:11-12
The Affirmation of Faith The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 85
Leader: How is the kingdom of heaven shut and opened by christian discipline?
People: According to the command of Christ, those, who under the name of Christians, maintain doctrines, or practices inconsistent therewith, and will not, after having been often brotherly admonished, renounce their errors and wicked course of life, are complained of to the church, or to those, who are appointed for this purpose by the church; and if they despise their admonition, are by them forbidden the use of the sacraments; whereby they are excluded from the Christian church, and by God himself from the kingdom of Christ; and when they promise and show real amendment, are again received as members of Christ and his church.
The Song of Rejoicing How Firm a Foundation
The Prayer of Intercession
The Scripture Reading Malachi 3:16-4:6
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.