Last Sunday, Senior Pastor Tom Hawkes returned to us after several weeks away, and delivered a powerful sermon on the Word of God and the critical role of preaching in the life of the church. This week, we look at a third pillar of the church, worship. Here are the scriptures, songs and sacrament that will be part of the script for Sunday’s worship service. Ask the Lord to prepare your mind and heart for a meeting and a feast with him!
Scripture: Hebrews 12:18-29
Sermon: “Worship: Revere Your Father”
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
In preparation for a communion meal with Jesus, read what the Heidelberg Catechism says about communion, questions 75 & 76:
Q. How does the Lord’s Supper signify and seal to you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all His gifts?
A. In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat of this broken bread and drink of this cup in remembrance of Him. With this command He gave these promises: First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup given to me, so surely was His body offered for me and His blood poured out for me on the cross. Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the minister and taste with my mouth the bread and the cup of the Lord as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood, so surely does He Himself nourish and refresh my soul to everlasting life with His crucified body and shed blood.
Q. What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink His shed blood?
A. First, to accept with a believing heart all the suffering and the death of Christ, and so receive forgiveness of sins and life eternal. Second, to be united more and more to His sacred body through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us. Therefore, although Christ is in heaven and we are on earth, yet we are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones, and we forever live and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul.