Gray Psalter Hymnal
# 388 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
# 489 When Peace Like a River
# 75 Jesus, Name Above All Names
Call to Worship
Hymn # 246 Come Thou Almighty King (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Psalter: Psalm 19 (Please read responsively) Bert Chapman
1The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
7The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 7:1-5, 8:1-11 NRSV
7 My child, keep my words and store up my commandments with you; 2keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye; 3bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, 5that they may keep you from the loose, from the adulteress with her smooth words.
8 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? 2On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: 4“To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. 5O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it. 6Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right; 7for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. 9They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find knowledge. 10Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; 11for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.
Choral Anthem: Make a Joyful Noise
Make a joyful noise to the Lord all ye lands
Make his praises hear on every shore
God almighty reigns.
We will enter his gates with singing
We will enter his courts with praise
We his people, the sheep of his pasture
We will worship his holy name
We will serve him with thanksgiving
We will enter his courts with praise!
Hymn # 262 My Faith Looks Up to Thee (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
New Testament Reading: James 1:1-8
1 James, a bondslave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered among the nations, Greetings!
2Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into different kinds of tests, 3knowing that the process of testing your faith produces endurance. 4But let endurance have a complete effect, so that you might be complete and whole, not lacking anything.
5But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask from God, who gives to everyone sincerely without holding it over them, and it will be given to him. 6But he should ask in faith, without wavering, because the one who wavers is like rough waters on the sea, driven by the wind and blown here and there. 7For that person should not expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. 8He is a double-hearted man, who is unstable in all his ways.
Sermon “Testing Your Faith” Pastor Andrew Winter