It’s 6:30 as I write this. Musicians are coming in the building, as well as some of our sound crew for a training session. The resource center smells like pizza (a bribe for the sound crew). And the business of tonight is to prepare for Sabbath Worship. As we prepare our hearts and hands and voices, you do the same. Here is the scripture that will be the focus of our meditation Sunday. Here are the songs that will be the content for our corporate praise. We do all of this in preparation to worship a great God, and at the same time we confess that it is this very God who is actually calling us to worship. Reminds me of Ephesians 2:8, and how we have been saved through faith, and even this is not our own doing, but a gift of God. So remember who gave you faith. And remember who called you to worship. Use these resources to prepare alone or with family or friends. These are good words.
Scripture: Ruth 2:19-23
Sermon: “Kindness Without Limit”
Worship Leader: Paul Winter
We have the humbling opportunity at Uptown to support many missionaries in many countries across the world. Our missions committee does a wonderful job of tracking with the work of all of our sponsored missionaries, and helping our community to stay informed and up-to-date on their circumstances and work. One of the ways we track with them is by asking them to give “Missions Moment” updates as a part of our worship service when they are in town. Liturgically, a Missions Moment serves public worship in the same way that a testimony does. It is a public witness to the transformative work of the gospel on lives and places. We should not think of it only as being “news” or “information;” rather we should think of witness in the judicial sense as “evidence” or “proof” of Christ’s work and reign over all.
This week, we are joined by Ian, a former member of Uptown and a missionary with Mission to the World in the Asian Crescent. Commit to praying for his family and the work the Lord is doing in that part of the world. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Rom 12:15)
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Minister: Rev. Dr. Mike Kruger
Sunday we will observe and participate in the sacrament of baptism, in this case, paedobaptism (infant baptism). Parents who have faith in Christ claim the promises of God for their children and they are baptized as a sign and seal of their membership in the covenant community of God’s people. Reflect on what the Westminster Confession of Faith has to say about the nature of baptism as we prepare for worship. Visit this link to see the confession along with it’s scriptural proof-texts.
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXVIII
I. Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church; but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in His Church until the end of the world.
II. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called thereunto.
III. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but Baptism is rightly administered by pouring, or sprinkling water upon the person.
IV. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized.
V. Although it is a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated, or saved, without it: or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated.
VI. The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited, and conferred, by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongs unto, according to the counsel of God’s own will, in His appointed time.
VII. The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered unto any person.