Order of Service for Family Worship, May 24th
Take time throughout the week to be prayerfully reading through these passages of Scripture to prepare you and your family for worship on Sunday morning.
For guidelines on how to conduct family worship on Sunday morning, read here.
Order of Service for Family Worship
Sunday, May 24thth
Sections with **asterisk to be done at home.
- **Call to Worship: Psalm 66:1-4
o Think: Notice, in this psalm the author doesn’t merely call for all of God’s people to shout for joy, nor even all of humanity—but “all the earth.” All of creation proclaims the majesty and glory of God (Ps. 19:1-2)—God is just too glorious to keep trees and mountains from crying out the praises of God. We, the redeemed of the Lord, however, get the unique privilege to proclaim, “How awesome are your deeds!” As we turn to sing to our great God to whom all the cosmos bows in worship, recall the great deeds of our salvation, the crown jewel of our praise.
§ Why These Songs? “All Creatures” is a classic hymn that summons us and all of creation to sing praises to our God. “How Firm a Foundation” is one of the few worship songs I know of that sings about the sufficiency of God’s Word, a major topic in our sermon text today.
§ If you prefer, feel free to find other songs that exalt Christ, flow from Scripture, and prepare your heart to receive the Word.
- **Scripture reading: Amos 5:18-24
o Think: In Amos we see God’s hatred of show religion. God takes no delight in technical obedience to external rituals and acts of worship when our hearts are bent towards injustice and unrighteousness. At the time of Amos’ writing, Israel had begun to worship other gods and practiced wicked acts of social injustice—but maintained the regular ritual worship of Yahweh at the temple. God is not pleased, even though they are still offering all of the prescribed offerings in the Law. So too our hearts run the risk of “technically obeying” God by participating in outward rituals, all the while our hearts are set on loving other things more than God.
- Word of Exhortation (video)
o Pastoral Prayer: John 6:63
o Sermon: Traditions and Commandments (Mark 7:1-13)
- Benediction: 2 Cor 13:14
- **Sing Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,