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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 26, 2020
**Opening Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd 50
** 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: Hebrews 6:10-18
M: For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
C: And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
M: that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
C: For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying,
M: “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”
C: And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
M: For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.
C: Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
M: that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie,
C: we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
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: I to the Hills Will Life My Eyes
**Old/New Testament Reading:
**The Apostles’ Creed
**The Gloria Patri
Reading of Sermon Text: Romans 8:22-39
Sermon: Perseverance of the Saints
I. Efficacy of the Mediator
II. The Spirit’s Work
III. Immutability of God
The Offertory Hymn: O God, Our Help in Ages Past (1-3) 52
**Prayer of Dedication
**Closing Hymn: O God, Our Help in Ages Past (4-6) 52
“But, if you say that evil has not been put a stop to, because God was unable to do away with it, you will be making God powerless. But, if He is powerless, it will be either because He is weak by nature, or because He is overcome by fear, and reduced to subjection by a stronger. If, then, you go so far as to say that God is weak by nature, it seems to me that you imperil your salvation itself; but, if you say that He is weak through being overcome by fear of a greater, things evil will be greater than God, since they frustrate the carrying out of His purpose. But this, as it seems to me, it would be absurd to say of God. For why should not `they' rather be considered gods, since according to your account they are able to overcome God: if, that is to say, we mean by God that which has a controlling power over all things?” – Maximus of Jerusalem (†196AD)
“Solomon says that the race is not to the swift, the battle to the strong, the victory to the fighters, or the harbors to the good sailors. It is God who brings about victory. He brings the ship safely to the harbor.” – Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 AD)
”It may be that we are sinful; but God did not love us for our goodness, neither will he cast us off for our wickedness. Yet this is no encouragement to licentiousness, for God knows how to put us to anguishes and straits and crosses, and yet to reserve everlasting life for us. ” John Cotton (1585-1652)
“God’s decree is the very pillar and basis on which the saints’ perseverance depends. That decree ties the knot of adoption so fast, that neither sin, death, nor hell, can break it asunder.” Thomas Watson (1620-1686)
“Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether.” William Secker († 1681)