This High Street Hymns album has several of the songs we will be singing this sunday.
The worship service of Christ Church Conway is structured according to the idea of covenant renewal. First, we hear from our God and acknowledge that he is the sovereign. Second, we hear his law read, acknowledge our sin, and call out to him for mercy. Third, we hear God’s declaration that based on Christ’s fulfillment of God’s law on our behalf, all who believe in Jesus are righteous. Fourth, having been reminded of God’s mercy toward us we call out to God in prayer and sit under the ministry of the Word and Sacrament. Finally, we respond in thanksgiving and praise to the grace our heavenly Father has shown us through his Son and applied to us by his Spirit.
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Confession of Sin
The Bible teaches us to confess our sin to one another. Here, having heard the warning and way of salvation, with the help of the Spirit we corporately confess our sins and our need for the mercy of the Father, which comes only through Jesus Christ.
Belgic Confession Article 18
Minister: Brothers and Sisters in Christ, what do you believe?
Congregation: …That God fulfilled the promise, which he had made to the early fathers by the mouth of his holy prophets when he sent his only and eternal Son into the world at the time set by him.
Minister: What do you believe concerning the human nature of the Son, who was truly God?
The Son took the “form of a servant” and was made in the “likeness of man,” truly assuming a real human nature, with all its weaknesses, except for sin; being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, without male participation.
Minister: To what extent was Jesus made like us?
And he not only assumed human nature as far as the body is concerned but also a real human soul, in order that he might be a real human being. For since the soul had been lost as well as the body he had to assume them both to save them both together.
Minister: How is this doctrine summarized with Scripture?
We confess… that he “shared the very flesh and blood of children”; that he is “fruit of the loins of David” according to the flesh; “born of the seed of David” according to the flesh; “fruit of the womb of the virgin Mary”; “born of a woman”; “the seed of David”; “a shoot from the root of Jesse”; “the offspring of Judah,” having descended from the Jews according to the flesh; “from the seed of Abraham”– for he “assumed Abraham’s seed” and was “made like his brothers except for sin.” In this way he is truly our Immanuel– that is: “God with us.”
What Wondrous Love Is This
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
Melt My Soul To Love
My dying Saviour’s wondrous love
On earth employs my tongue;
And when I walk in white above
That love shall be my song.
Assurance of Pardon
God has not left us, his people, to wallow in our sin, so we announce and hear the wonderful promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1 John 4.13-17
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
Sermon: John 13.31-16.33