Recording of RCSS Worship, 14 June 2020

AM liturgy 

:: Call to worship/ Call on God’s name for help by reading: Matthew 11:28-30

:: Song of Praise: Psalm 45:1,4-5 (p45B) (text here and tune here)

:: Corporate confession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He endured the sufferings of hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

*The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

:: Sing: Doxology – Gloria Patri (Tune: here)

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.

:: Reading of the Law: Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Matthew 5:43-48

:: Prayer of Confession

::Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 1:8-9

:: Song of Thanksgiving: Psalm 104:1-4 (p104A) (text here and tune here)

:: Sermon reading and text: Genesis 8:21-9:17 – The rule of law and the rule of the state

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:: Congregational prayer (pray for your needs and the needs of our congregation)

:: Offering (banking details are here)

:: Concluding song: Psalm 16:1,4-5 (p16A) (text here and tune here)

:: Benediction: Pray Numbers 6:24-26

 

PM liturgy

:: Call to worship: Matthew 11:28-30

:: Song of Praise: Psalm 45:1-3 (p45B) (text here and tune here)

:: Congregational prayer: use the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 as a guide and include needs of congregation

:: Song: Psalm 104:1,5-8 (p104A) (text here and tune here)

:: Readings and Sermon

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:: Concluding song: Psalm 16:1-3 (p16A) (text here and tune here)

:: Benediction: Pray Hebrews 13:20-21

A tale of two kingdoms

Michael Horton writes: DVD Pop 2K

“When Jesus Christ arrived, He did not revive the Sinai theocracy as His contemporaries had hoped. Instead of driving out the Romans, He commanded love for our enemies. Gathering the new Israel — Jew and Gentile — around Himself, by His Spirit, through Word and sacrament, Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of grace that will be manifested one day as a kingdom of glory. In this time between His two comings the wheat grows together with the weeds, the sons of thunder are rebuked for calling down judgment here and now on those who reject their message, and the faithful gather regularly for the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers (Acts 2:42). Through its administration of Gospel preaching, baptism, the Supper, prayer, and discipline, the church is God’s new society inserted into the heart of the secular city as a witness to Christ and the age to come when He will be all in all.

In our Christian circles in the United States today, we can discern a “Christendom” view, where some imagine America to be a Christian nation invested with a divine commission to bring freedom to the ends of the earth. Of course, Christians have an obligation both to proclaim the heavenly and everlasting freedom of the Gospel and the earthly and temporal freedom from injustice. But they are different. When we confuse them, we take the kingdom into our own hands, transforming it from a kingdom of grace into a kingdom of glory and power.”

For the rest of the essay, go here.

For a fine introduction to the contemporary Reformed recovery of the doctrine of two kingdoms, see David VanDrunen’s Living in God’s Two Kingdoms.