Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

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In 2013, Matt Maher released a song titled, “All The People Said Amen.” It is a happy, uplifting tune about how we all need Jesus regardless of our backgrounds, and “giving thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.” It is one of those songs that makes you want to drive in the sunshine on an open road with the windows rolled down, just being grateful for God. I am proud to admit that I have done this, and must warn you of the crazy looks you get from other drivers when you belt out the “woah”’s in the chorus.

This song came to mind when reading Deuteronomy 27-28, and has been stuck in my head all week. Deuteronomy 27:15-26 uses the form, “Cursed be anyone who _________. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’” Matt Maher’s song focuses on the Beatitudes, describing how blessed we are in Christ. Deuteronomy has a different motivation for why God’s people are saying, “Amen” (which is why we will not be singing Matt Maher’s song this week). God warns His people about the curses and wrath that come as a just reward for disobedience, and all of God’s people said “Amen.” God wants His people to say “Amen” to all of his word, not just the happy parts that feel nice. God reminds His people that even in the covenant of grace, He takes sin seriously. God is just and will not let sin go unpunished. This week we prepare our hearts to come under the teaching of the word and partake in the sacrament of communion. We are reminded that Jesus’ perfect actions deserved blessing, but he willingly took on the curse of the law for us so that we might become righteous (Gal. 3:13-14).

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 27:1 – 28:68
Sermon: The Curses and Blessings of the Law

SONGS

A Debtor to Mercy Alone  (Indelible Grace)
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Rock of Ages (Brooks Ritter)
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Love Constraining to Obedience (Shane Martin)
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Song of Preparation: By Thy Mercy (Indelible Grace)
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Song for the Supper:The Feast (Karl Digerness)
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Song of Response:Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Jeremy Casella)
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