Order of Service, January 7, 2024

Introduction

The worship service this Lord’s Day is dedicated to observance of the Lord’s Table.  Consequently, we will build the entire service around this rite.  In this service, we will reflect on Isaiah’s vision of the exalted Lord (Isaiah 6:1-8).

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship       Psalm 99:1-5

Invocation

Explanation of Communion Service

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert      O God Beyond All Praising

Note: We set the tone for the service with a hymn that reminds us of our ultimate focus in all things. God, alone, is worthy of our praise; we can never exhaust the praise that is due his name. Even so, with joy we unite our hearts and voices to “marvel at [his] beauty and glory in [his] ways.

I.     We must see God as He Is . . .

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2

Hymn 23       Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Note: In the sermon text, Isaiah was granted a vision of the Lord upon his throne. This hymn captures the scene. Isaiah received only a modest glimpse of the transcendent God upon his throne. Even the angelic beings “veiled their sight” in his presence.

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 6:3-4 

Hymn 3     Holy, Holy, Holy

Note: The seraphim in Isaiah’s vision eternally declare the holiness of God. Their three-fold repetition affirms God’s incomparable holiness and implies his Triune nature. This Triune God possesses intrinsic perfection, and thus deserves exclusive worship and praise. “Only thou are holy, there is none beside thee.”

II.     so that we will see ourselves as we are.

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 6:5

Hymn 333        How Sad Our State

Note: This hymn portrays the truth about the human condition with poetic beauty and theological precision. Isaiah was overwhelmed with a sense of sin, both personal and corporate. All that evoked his strong confession was a mere glimpse of the hem of the Lord’s robe. “How sad our state by nature is!” All is hopeless unless God takes the initiative to bridge the chasm that exists between his holiness and our wickedness. 

III.     This alone prepares us to value Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Scripture Reading:         Isaiah 6:6-7

Hymn 128       Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Note: The Lord took the initiative to cleanse Isaiah’s sin. He did so with a coal from the altar where sacrifice for sin was made. God has done this for us. Jesus was our sacrifice and the cross was the place where he made atonement for our sin. The Lord of all died for the utterly undeserving. Therefore, our only appropriate response must be, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”

Fellowship of the Bread

Fellowship of the Cup

IV.     Such amazing grace moves us to unqualified service.

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 6:8

RESPONSE

Hymn 238      How Sweet and Awful Is the Place

Note: In addition to remembering the cross-work of Jesus, the Lord’s Table anticipates the day when we sit at his table in the Kingdom. The hymn also reminds us that people still resist the invitation, but the grace of God is at work bringing people home.

Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

This is the work he calls us to do.

Prayer Response: Mark Buhr 

Worship through Giving

Benediction:     John Miles