In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus attended a Sabbath feast at the home of a prominent Pharisee. As soon as Jesus arrived, he performed a miracle to the consternation of the host and his friends. He then proceeded to tell two stories set against the backdrop of a feast, each aimed at the pride of the Pharisees. They teach us that Christ requires humility from all who come to him, but exalts those who humble themselves.
The hymns selected for the service this Lord’s Day emphasize the believer’s humility, the example set in Christ’s condescending death, and our utter dependence on him to exalt those who trust him.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 40:4-5
Note: This hymn summons all Creation to unite in praise of our God and King. Humility is an essential characteristic required for the creature to approach the Creator:
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness.
Hymn 137 When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Note: The father of hymnody, Isaac Watts, invites us to employ sacred imagination to stand at the foot of the cross. The view of our Savior hanging there turns our proud efforts to nothing and thus crushes our pride.
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 113:1-9
Note: This psalm of praise describes the LORD’s incomparable glory. He displays his greatness by exalting the humble.
Hymn 342 When This Passing World is Done
Note: Robert Murray McCheyne helps us contemplate the greatness of the debt we owe to our God. Though we have nothing to offer him and contribute nothing to our eternal salvation, we know that he will exalt us. One day we will “stand with Christ on high” and will join the “praise of heaven.”
Message: Seats of Honor
Text: Luke 14:1-14
Hymn 163 Look, Ye Saints. Thomas Kelly writes of Christ, risen and “victorious!” On earth “sinners in derision crowned him,” but now he “takes the highest station” and we will be there to “crowd around him,” to “own his title,” and “praise his name.”
Prayer Response: John Miles
Benediction: John Miles