It is Thursday once again, and the worship service for this coming Sunday has been planned. Tonight, the singers and instrumentalists gathered to rehearse the songs they will lead. But when we say “lead,” we mean it in the way that a captain leads his team, or a general leads the charge. In other words, they are out front, but it’s the team or the battalion that does the job. In worship, the Lord initiates all that we do, and the full body of Christ responds with songs, prayers, confessions of sin and faith, laments, thanksgiving, and other acts of worship. And this is why we provide the songs and other elements of worship ahead of time for our community. The hope is that we all can immerse ourselves in the songs and words of the church each week before we gather, and that our worship will be the fulfillment of a great anticipation.
We continue this week in our study of the book of Ruth. Recordings for prior sermons can be found on our sermon downloads page. Begin now asking the Lord to prepare you for Sunday. Learn songs that you do not know. Read the communion meditation. And let’s gather together this Sunday in Jesus’ name.
Scripture: Ruth 1:19-22
Sermon: “Prone to Grumble, Lord I Feel It”
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
As you prepare to feast with Jesus this coming Sunday, read these few words from John Calvin in his Short Treatise on the Lord’s Supper
“Here, then, is the singular consolation which we derive from the Supper. It directs and leads us to the cross of Jesus Christ and to his resurrection, to certify us that whatever iniquity there may be in us, the Lord nevertheless recognises and accepts us as righteous—whatever materials of death may be in us, he nevertheless gives us life— whatever misery, may be in us, he nevertheless fills us with all felicity. Or to explain the matter more simply—as in ourselves we are devoid of all good, and have not one particle of what might help to procure salvation, the Supper is an attestation that, having been made partakers of the death and passion of Jesus Christ, we have every thing that is useful and salutary to us.”