The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
Join us on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 6:30 pm for a night of praying, singing, reading, and preaching the Psalms.
One of the many themes in the Psalms is the glory of God in creation, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1). Our God has revealed himself to us in what he has made, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, both His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…” (Romans 1:20). Join us as we celebrate God’s handiwork in His creation through the Psalms: glorifying and enjoying God together!
There will be congregational singing, prayers, responsive readings, and an expositional sermon, with refreshments to follow.
Each registrant will be eligible to receive a gift at the end of the night. Only those registered and present for the event will be entered to win.
We will be singing selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship by Crown & Covenant Publications (which is the Psalter that our church uses). As well as from The Genevan Psalter (this was the psalter used by John Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland in the 16th century). The Psalm selections we will be singing on January 12th will be listed below for you to practice and enjoy. Come ready to glorify God!
Order of Service
Psalm 104 “The Trees of the Lord” (We will be singing this tune to Psalm 33)
Pray & Sing
Prayer is an outward and ordinary way that Christ communicates His benefits to His people. Corporate prayer is one of the common elements in reformed worship. One of the examples in Scripture is found in Acts chapter 4. Peter and John had just been threatened by the religious leaders and were reporting back to their companions. Their response was to pray the Psalms, “…they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, ‘O Master, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them…'” (Acts 4:24). This was a quotation from Psalm 146:6. One of the ways that they encouraged themselves in the Lord, was remembering with David that their God is the Sovereign Creator. He truly is in control. And they remembered this together in prayer.
Singing has historically been included in Reformed worship as well. Paul says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with gratefulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16). Sproul says, “The Psalms were vital in the life of God’s people, and singing was a significant element of biblical worship as it was designed by God. Therefore, it certainly is clear from Scripture that we ought to be raising our voices in song in the context of worship.” (Truths We Confess, 2019, pg. 476-477). Our Psalters are English translations of the original Hebrew. We believe that the Psalms should be enjoyed by the church of God in the way that God has intended: as poetry. Therefore, the English was put to meter and music. This has been done in a variety of ways throughout the years which has resulted in a variety of Psalters and this is good! We will be singing from a selection of Psalters which highlight the many wonderful ways that different people at different times have approached this great practice. Join us as we raise our voices together in song!
Read & Preach
The reading of God’s Word is something that we often take for granted. We have such access to His Word! What a blessing! There was a time when the only way for people to receive God’s Word was during corporate worship when it was read, and even then it was in Latin! Now, we have the Word of God at the tips of our fingers at all times. But is it in our hearts? Sometimes, constant access diminishes the impetus to be saturated with God’s Word. Paul tells Timothy, “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture…” (1 Timothy 4:13). We believe that God’s Word is sufficient for faith and life and it is all relevant. Therefore, the reading of God’s Word consistently is a crucial element of corporate worship; one of the ways that God builds up his people and converts sinners.
The preaching of God’s Word is the highlight of a worship service. This is when a minister of God proclaims to God’s people what God says in His Word. Did you notice the emphasis of that last sentence? God. It truly is all about Him. However, we cannot have fellowship with God apart from Jesus Christ. Paul says, “Now I make known to you, brothers, the gospel which I proclaimed as good news to you…” (1 Corinthians 15:1). That good news was that Christ, our Mediator of a New Covenant, has granted us access to the Father by means of his own blood (Hebrews 9:13-14). Now, we draw near to God in worship to hear His Word proclaimed. In the words of the great Puritan minister, Thomas Watson, “The word preached is a feast of fat things. With what delight do men go to a feast… ‘How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth’ (Psalm 119:103).” (The Ten Commandments, 2021, pg 114).