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Morning Worship

The Lord’s Day, August 1, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

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We Assemble For Worship


Gathering Hymn 164 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
Welcome and Announcements

We Prepare To Worship

   The Westminster Confession of Faith:  Chapter VIII, Paragraph 4

        Pastor: This office (of Mediator and Surety) the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake; which that He might discharge, He was made under the law, and did perfectly fulfill it;  endured most grievous torments immediately in His soul, and most painful sufferings in His body;  was crucified, and died, was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption.

          People: On the third day He arose from the dead, with the same body in which He suffered, with which also He ascended into heaven, and there sits at the right hand of His Father, making intercession, and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.

 

  Silent Confession of Personal Sin  (Micah 7:18)

  An Assurance of God’s Pardon  (Micah 7:19)

We Worship Our Savior For Giving His Life For His Sheep

“… we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand …”  (Psalm 95:7)

+ Call to Worship John 10:11-16       
                       “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (v. 11)

 + Invocation

 + Hymns of Praise

“Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us”    (Trinity Hymnal 599)

(“Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care” – first stanza)

 

“I Will Sing the Wondrous Story”        (Trinity Hymnal 180)

(“I was lost: but Jesus found me, found the sheep that went astray ” – second stanza)

 

     Prayers of Petition and Intercession for the Congregation

+ Contemporary Hymn   “His Robes for Mine”                (Insert) 

           (“He, as though I, accursed and left alone;  I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home” – fourth stanza)

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Presenting Our Tithes and Offerings

+ Honor God in Song    “The Doxology” (Old Hundredth, L.M.)

   

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heav’nly host:

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

 

Our Savior Speaks To Us Through His Inspired Written Word

 

Scripture Lesson                                                 Esther 1:1-22 (NASB)

Message THE BOOK OF ESTHER

(“A Queen Is Deposed”)

 

“If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she.”               (Esther 1:19)

 

The Lord’s Table

+ Hymn of Preparation 

           “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”    (Trinity Hymnal 257)

(“Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate”)

 

Words of Institution                                      I Corinthians 11:23-29

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Prayer of Consecration

 

Breaking of the Bread

Drinking from the Cup

 

+ Hymn    “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed”      (Trinity Hymnal 254)

                              ("Amazing pity!  Grace unknown!  And love beyond degree!" -- second stanza)

 

 

+ Benediction                                                    Hebrews 13:20-21                            

 

+ Give God Praise                  “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God

Psalm 72:18; Scottish Psalter 1650; Tune: Dundee, C.M.

 

Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,

for He alone does wondrous works, in glory that excel.

 

And blessed be His glorious Name to all eternity;

The whole earth let His glory fill. Amen, so let it be.

 

(+If you are able, please stand)

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Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB ®) New American Standard Bible ®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

All printed hymns and songs [and tunes] are used by permission of CCLI License No. 193697.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERMON OUTLINE

THE BOOK OF ESTHER

(“A Queen Is Deposed”)

 

 Esther 1:1-22 (NASB)

 

 “If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she.”   (Esther 1:19)

 

(A)   THE BOOK OF ESTHER

(1)   The Book Of Esther Is Only Secondarily About Esther

(2)   A Narrative (Or Story), Not A Doctrinal Exposition

(3)   Resisting The Temptation To Moralize About The Actions Of  The Main Characters (c.f. Esther 1:10-12;  Luke 10:29-37)

(B)   KING AHASUERUS THROWS A BANQUET

(1)   Note The Date(s) (c.f. Esther 1:1-3; 2:16; 3:7)

(2)   Making Plans For A Military Campaign (c.f. Esther 1:3-8)

(3)   The Lavishness Of The Seven-Day Banquet (c.f. Esther 1:5-9)

(4)   What Scripture Says Elsewhere About The Plans Of Kings And Nations (c.f. Psalm 33:10-11; Isaiah 8:10; Proverbs 16:33; 21:1:  James 4:13-15;  Esther 1:3-6)

(C)   QUEEN VASHTI REFUSES TO COMPLY

(1) The King Had Been Showing Off  Everything Else, So Why Not His Wife, The Queen?! (c.f. Esther 1:10-11; Ecclesiastes 10:19; Proverbs 20:1;  31:4-5)

(2) Why  Did  Queen  Vashti  Say  “No!”?  (hint: we don’t really know)  (c.f. Esther 1:11-12)

(3) The Book Of  Esther Is  NOT  The  Place To  Try And Build A Biblical Ethic Regarding Marriage In General, Let Alone Christian Marriage In Particular (c.f. Ephesians 5:22-33; I Peter 3:1-7; Esther 1:2; 2:17; 3:7; Isaiah 65:24)

(D)  A SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CRISIS

(1) What Should Be Done With Queen Vashti? (c.f. Esther 1:3-5, 12-15)

(2) A  Royal  Conference  Was  Convened  (to  try and  avoid  there being “plenty of contempt and anger”) (c.f. Esther 1:13-18)

        (3) A Plan Is Devised (c.f. Esther 1:19-22)

 

(E)   SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

(1) What We Have Here In This First Chapter Are Pieces  Of Information That Play An Important Role In The Rest Of The Story  (c.f. Esther 1:19-22; 3:12-15; 4:11; 5:1; 8:8-1, 14;  Daniel 6:5-9)

(2) Some Moralistic Issues To Avoid

(3) A Lesson To  Be Learned:  God Is  Not At  The Mercy  Of Our Messes (Or Those Of Our Political Leaders) (c.f. Ephesians 1:11)