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Bulletin & Hymns
Friedens Reformed Church
P.O. Box J, Tripp, South Dakota 57376
Church: 605-935-6758 Pastor Andy: 605-505-1010
Affiliated with: The Evangelical Association of Reformed & Congregational Christian Churches
July 5, 2020
**Opening Hymn: All Glory, Laud, and Honor #173R
1 All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring;
Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's name comest, the King and Blessed One!
2 The company of angels are praising Thee on high;
and mortal men and all things Created make reply;
The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present.
3 To Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
to Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.
Thou didst accept their praises, accept the praise we bring,
Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King!
** Invocation: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.
**Call to Worship: Ephesians 1:3-12
M: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
C: just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
M: having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,
C: according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
M: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
C: according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
M: having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
C: that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ,
M: both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
C: In Him also we have obtained an inheritance,
M: being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
C: that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Reading of the Law: Exodus 20:1-17
**Prayer of Confession: Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life. To the Glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Assurance of Absolution:
Hymn: Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven #3R
1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to His feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore His praises sing; Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
2 Praise Him for His grace and favor to our fathers in distress; Praise Him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless; Alleluia, alleluia! Glorious in His faithfulness.
3 Frail as summer's flow'r we flourish; Blows the wind and it is gone; But, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on; Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the high Eternal One.
4 Angels, in the height, adore Him; ye behold Him face to face; Saints triumphant, how before Him;
Gathered in from every race; Alleluia, alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.
**New Testament Reading: Romans 9:9-23
For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son." And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger." As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth." Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
As He says also in Hosea: "I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved." "And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' There they shall be called sons of the living God." Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved. For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth." And as Isaiah said before: "Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom, And we would have been made like Gomorrah."
**The Apostles’ Creed
**The Gloria Patri
Reading of Sermon Text: Psalm 65:4
Sermon: Unconditional Election
I. God chooses men to blessing (i.e., salvation)
II. God causes the chosen man to approach Him
III. The chosen man surely enjoys God’s blessing and goodness
The Offertory Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd #50R
1 The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want; He makes me down to lie in pastures green;
He leadeth me the quiet waters by.
2 My soul He doth restore again, and me to walk doth make within the paths of righteousness,
e'en for His own name's sake.
3 Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale, yet will I fear no ill, for Thou art with me;
and Thy rod and staff me comfort still.
4 My table Thou hast furnished in presence of my foes; my head Thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
5 Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me; and in God's house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.
**Prayer of Dedication
The Lord’s Supper
**Closing Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation #276R
1 Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone, chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the Church in one; Holy Zion's help forever, and her confidence alone.
2 To this temple, where we call Thee, come, O Lord of hosts, today; with accustomed loving kindness
hear Thy people as they pray; and Thy fullest benediction shed within its walls alway.
3 Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants what they ask of Thee to gain, what they gain from Thee forever
with the blessed to retain, and hereafter in Thy glory evermore with Thee to reign.
4 Laud and honor to the Father, laud and honor to the Son, laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One, One in might, and One in glory, while unending ages run.
Deuteronomy 7:7-8 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Psalms 33:12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Jeremiah 1:5. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.
John 15:16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.
2 Thessalonians 2:13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.
1 Peter 2:9. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.
Revelation 17:14 And they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.