The Lord’s Day, April 18, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
A Prayer to Prepare for Worship
Almighty God, who has given Your only Son to be to us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of His most holy life: that dying to sin, and living to righteousness, we may at last obtain eternal life; through the same Lord Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Declaring Our Dependence on God Psalm 124:8
God’s Welcome I Corinthians 1:3
+ Call to Worship Psalm 67:1-4
God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—
That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For You will judge the peoples with uprightness
And guide the nations on the earth.
+ Worship Hymn “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies” (insert)
+ Prayer of Praise and Worship
+ Scriptural Confession of Faith
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory. 1
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners,
among whom I am foremost of all. 2
But thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 3
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 4
Now to the King
eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only wise God,
be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 5
[1 I Timothy 3:16; 2 I Timothy 1:15; 3 II Corinthians 9:15; 4 Romans 5:8; 5 I Timothy 1:17]
God’s Law Matthew 5:38-42
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Confession Hymn “Kind and Merciful God, We Have Sinned” (insert)
Assurance of Forgiveness Psalm 103:8-12
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
+ Thanksgiving Hymn “Before the Throne of God Above” (insert)
Prayers of Petition and Intercession with the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which 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.
Giving God Tithes and Offerings
Prayer for the Offering
+ Honor God in Song “The Doxology” (Old Hundredth, L.M.; insert)
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.
Scripture Lesson Luke 24:13-35
13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 “But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
Prayer for Understanding
Sermon “The Gospel of the 40 Days:
Hearts Aflame — Encountering Jesus on the Emmaus Road”
Prayer of Dedication
+ Response Hymn “Jesus, Lord, Redeemer” (insert)
+ God’s Blessing
+ 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)
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 are used by permission of CCLI License No. 193697.
“The Gospel of the 40 Days:
Hearts Aflame — Encountering Jesus on the Emmaus Road”
- Luke 24:13-35
The main point: a heart is set aflame not simply by intellectual conviction that grasps the necessary data of the content of our faith, it is more than simply the engagement of the mind: it is visceral!
Spirit of God pierces our hearts and souls, and we can say,
“Did not our hearts burn within us as He spoke to us from His Word!”
- R. C. Sproul †
I. Broken hearts — “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel,” vv. 13-24
II. Slow hearts — “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” vv. 25-25
III. Burning hearts — “Were not our hearts burning within us... while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” vv. 26-27
IV. Overflowing hearts — “They began to relate their experiences on the road...,” vv. 28-35
† R. C. Sproul, Luke, An Expositional Commentary, © 2020, by the R. C. Sproul Trust, Reformation Trust Publishing, Sanford, FL, pg. 578-579. Edited.