In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 23:26-31), Jesus leaves Pilate’s judgment hall and moves toward the cross. The focal point is Jesus’ conversation is his interaction with a group of women who followed him through the streets of Jerusalem, weeping as they went. He told them that their tears were misplaced. Instead of crying for him, they should weep for themselves and for their children. It was a warning of coming judgment on those who rejected him. In the midst of these dark circumstances, we find evidence of God’s gracious providence at work.
The hymns in this service will frame the work of Christ with the truths of God’s holiness and grace.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 105:1-3
Hymn 3 Holy, Holy, Holy
Note: Our salvation is the work of the Triune God. The Father planned it; the Son secured it; the Spirit applies it. God planned the death of Jesus because holiness requires justice.
Worship through Giving
Scripture Reading Hosea 10:1-10
Note: In the sermon text, Jesus alludes to v. 8 of this passage. The Bible writers used these words of the prophet several times to speak of God’s judgment.
Hymn 28 How Great Thou Art
Notes: This hymn was composed about 1885 by a Swedish pastor. It was translated into English in 1927 by a missionary serving in Ukraine. The first two verses express wonder at the greatness of the Creator. But to think that such a great God would send his Son to die for us evokes the greatest wonder.
Hymn Insert My Jesus Fair
Note: The death of Jesus was essential to our salvation. The Lord promised Eve that she would have a descendant who would defeat the evil one and reverse the effects of the Fall. Jesus is that descendant whose death in our place restores us and gives us victory over evil.
Message: Misplaced Tears
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn Insert Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Note: We conclude the worship service with a hymn that gives voice to the gospel call. It pleads with “sinners, poor and needy,” to come to Jesus. Come to him! Why would you delay?
Prayer Response: John Miles
Benediction: John Miles