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“Morning Exercises”

A Sabbath Devotional Gathering of Prayer and Proclamation

The Lord’s Day, July 5, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.


Welcome and Announcements


The Prayer of Preparation

O Lord our God, You are always more ready to bestow Your good gifts upon us than we are to seek them. You are more willing to give than we desire or deserve. Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of Your mercy may be opened for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                                                                    


The Votum and Salutation     Psalm 124:8; I Corinthians 1:3


+ The Call to Worship     Psalm 34:1-3


1 I will bless the LORD at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul will make its boast in the LORD;

The humble will hear it and rejoice.

3 O magnify the LORD with me,

And let us exalt His name together.          


+ The Prayer of Praise and Invocation


+ The Corporate Scriptural Ascription of Praise     Psalm 8:1-8

The congregation joins in praise with text in bold print.


1 O LORD, our Lord,

How majestic is Your name in all the earth,

Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have

established strength

Because of Your adversaries,

To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

4 What is man that You take thought of him,

And the son of man that You care for him?

5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God,

And You crown him with glory and majesty!

6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;

You have put all things under his feet,

7 All sheep and oxen,

And also the beasts of the field,

8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,

Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,

How majestic is Your name in all the earth!


The Law of God     Romans 13:8-14

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.


11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.


The Confession of Sin in Silent Prayer and Meditation


Almighty God, who does freely pardon all who repent and turn to Him, now fulfill in every contrite heart the promise of redeeming grace; forgiving all our sins, and cleansing us from an evil conscience; through the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.    

From The Book of Common Worship, 1946


The Assurance of Pardon     Psalm 34:4-7


4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces will never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him

And saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,

And rescues them.


The Corporate Expression of Thanksgiving     Psalm 5:11,12


11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,

Let them ever sing for joy;

And may You shelter them,

That those who love Your name may exult in You.

12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,

You surround him with favor as with a shield.


The Prayers of Petition and Intercession with the Lord’s Prayer


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy

kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


The Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.”   Deuteronomy 16:17


The Psalm Doxology     Psalm 116


12 What shall I render to the LORD

For all His benefits toward me?

13 I shall lift up the cup of salvation

And call upon the name of the LORD.

14 I shall pay my vows to the LORD,

Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.


The Scripture Lesson     I Peter 2:4-10


4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.


6 For this is contained in Scripture:




7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,




8 and,


for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.


9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.


The Prayer for Illumination


The Sermon  

The Choice Stone and the Living Stones


The Prayer of Dedication


+ The Psalm of Response to God’s Word     Psalm 119:33-40

Read in unison.


33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,

And I shall observe it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law

And keep it with all my heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies

And not to dishonest gain.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,

And revive me in Your ways.

38 Establish Your word to Your servant,

As that which produces reverence for You.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,

For Your ordinances are good.

40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;

Revive me through Your righteousness.  Amen.


+ The Benediction


+ The Postlude


+ The Congregational Response     Psalm 89:52


“Blessed be the LORD forever!

Amen and Amen.”



(+ If you are able, please stand)



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The Choice Stone and the Living Stones

I Peter 2:4-10


I.                 Jesus Christ is the choice and precious living stone of God’s new house, v. 4, 6-8. Thus, in          Christ, you have a privileged, secure, and unchanging position.

A.               Jesus the choice Stone is the believer’s encouragement, vv. 4-7a.

1.               The picture the passage paints.

2.               The encouragement for your life.

B.               Jesus the choice Stone is an offense to unbelievers, vv. 7b,8. Peter warns unbelievers.

1.               Christ, the Stone, was rejected after careful examination by the unbelieving builders (v. 4).

2.               The Stone caused problems for the builders, v. 8a

3.               Why do the builders reject the Stone? (v. 8b) Why do they stumble and why are they offended?


II.               In Christ believers are made into God’s living, spiritual house for the purpose of offering up acceptable spiritual sacrifice, vv. 5, 9,10. Your privileged position in Christ places responsibilities upon you:

A.               You must continue to come to Him (2:3; Psalm 34:8), v. 4.

1.               When we come to Christ as the Stone, we come to Him as the foundation for our lives,   v. 6.

2.               He is the cornerstone, Isa. 28:16. He is the foundation stone, the first stone laid in a        building from which all the others take their shape.

3.               He the keystone of the arch, the capstone of the building, who holds the entire structure          together.

4.               Application: Rom. 8:29 - believers are saved to be conformed to the image of Christ.

B.               You must highly honor, worship and praise the choice Stone by being His “temple” and priesthood, v. 5, 9,10.

1.               You have been made into living stones.

2.               He is building you into a spiritual house.

3.               He has made you into a holy priesthood.