Call to Worship | Psalm 135:15–21; 96:5–6
Hymn | We Gather Together
Call to Confession | Deuteronomy 4:15–20
Confession of Sin
Father, we confess our temptation to want to make you visible, to want a God who is close at hand and stands for our values. We confess, ultimately, that we want to reshape you and control you as a God after our own image. Forgive us, Father, for not taking you as you are and resting in your sovereign control of all things. Forgive us for trying to reverse roles and call the shots for you rather than humbly submitting to you as your people. Thank you for Jesus, who, as the very image of the invisible God, was yet rejected by men for idols of our own making—the idols of popularity, political power, and safety. Thank you that, though rejected by men, he was raised by you, showing us your heart of justice and mercy. Help us to see your glory in the face of Jesus and fall down and worship you through him. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Grace | Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3–4; 4:14–16
Hymn | A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Confession of Faith | Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 49–52
Q. 49. Which is the second commandment?
A. The second commandment is, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Q. 50. What is required in the second commandment?
A. The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his word.
Q. 51. What is forbidden in the second commandment?
A. The second commandment forbids the worshiping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his word.
Q. 52. What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment?
A. The reasons annexed to the second commandment are, God’s sovereignty over us, his propriety in us, and the zeal he has to his own worship.
Proclamation of the Word
Offering in Prayer
Hymn | Yet Not I, But Through Christ in Me
Commission & Benediction | Deuteronomy 4:15–16; 6:13; Hebrews 13:20–21
Life of Worship