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Call to Worship

Receive God’s gracious call to worship.

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. (Psalm 96:1–5) 


Offer this praise to God:

Our Father, we love You with all our hearts for Your matchless love in giving up Your only begotten Son for us. You were ever well-pleased with Him. You have delighted in Him and He in You. Yet for our sakes, for the sake of miserable puny beings, whom You might have swept away in a moment, You did give Him that He might take upon Him our nature; that having taken our nature He might be Your servant, and might carry out His obedience unto death, even the death of the cross. We find it very hard to see our children suffer, and if they are taken from us by death, our hearts are broken. Yet did You, infinitely loving Father, give Your only-begotten Son that He might die, and that we might live through Him. Oh, if we have a spark of love toward You, may Your Holy Spirit now fan it to flame. And since the First-born has made us brethren, and is Himself the Firstborn among many brethren, may that same love which is in the heart of the Firstborn be in the hearts of the younger brotherhood, that we may all love You, O Father, even as Jesus loves You, and You love Him. Amen.

The Law

Hear God’s perfect requirements.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:18–21) 

Confession of Sin

Confess and repent of sins before God.

Gracious God, we have all sinned peculiarly in our own position…Your servants who are members of the Church of Christ would acknowledge that they have not lived for God as they should. How little have we done for Him who died to save our guilty souls. Our love is cold. Your mercies flow to us like rivers, but returns are but scanty drops. Lord, forgive us all. We come to You conscious that we are guilty, and most of all ashamed of ourselves that we are not more ashamed, and blushing that we do not blush, mourning that we do not mourn. God be merciful unto us sinners. With the publicans we take our place. Our cry is the cry of the returning prodigal. O Father, we are not worthy to be called Your sons, but our faith beholds the promise, the sweet and assuring promise made to sinners, and we know that God was in Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imparting to us our trespasses.

Assurance of Pardon

Hear the promise of grace:

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11) 


Offer this praise to God:

Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen. (Ps 41:13)


Testify what you believe of Christian truth:

But it is necessary for eternal salvation
that one also believe in the incarnation
of our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully.

Now this is the true faith:

That we believe and confess
that our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son,
is both God and human, equally.

He is God from the essence of the Father,
begotten before time;
and he is human from the essence of his mother,
born in time;
completely God, completely human,
with a rational soul and human flesh;
equal to the Father as regards divinity,
less than the Father as regards humanity.

Although he is God and human,
yet Christ is not two, but one.
He is one, however,
not by his divinity being turned into flesh,
but by God’s taking humanity to himself.
He is one,
certainly not by the blending of his essence,
but by the unity of his person.
For just as one human is both rational soul and flesh,
so too the one Christ is both God and human.

He suffered for our salvation;
he descended to hell;
he arose from the dead;
he ascended to heaven;
he is seated at the Father’s right hand;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
At his coming all people will arise bodily
and give an accounting of their own deeds.
Those who have done good will enter eternal life,
and those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith:
one cannot be saved without believing it firmly and faithfully.

(Athanasian Creed – part 3)


Learn from Spurgeon’s catechism.

16. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
The fall brought mankind into a state of sin and misery (Rom 5:18).

17. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that state whereinto man fell?
The sinfulness of that state whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam’s first sin (Rom 5:19), the want of original righteousness, (Rom 3:10) and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original sin (Eph 2:1; Psa 51:5), together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it (Mat 15:19).

18. What is the misery of that state whereinto man fell?
All mankind, by their fall, lost communion with God (Gen 3:8, 24), are under his wrath and curse (Eph 2:3; Gal 3:10), and so made liable to all the miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell for ever (Rom 6:23; Mat 25:41).

Prayer for Illumination

Ask for spiritual understanding before reading God’s Word:

Lord, give us to know the power of Your resurrection. This day, may we rise from all our natural apathy, and sluggishness, and insensibility, to have a tender, fleshy heart that shall feel deep contrition on account of sin, and a profound sympathy with Christ in His griefs on account of sin. Lord, give us to leave the world behind us, reckoning it to be a grave in which we must not rest; for He hath quickened us, though we were dead in trespasses and sin. May we rise into newness of life, and as we have been buried with Him in the likeness of His death, let us rise with Him in the likeness of His resurrection. Oh, for newness of life! have You not said, “Behold, I make all things new”? Lord, let everything be new in us, and everything living, vividly living, quickened into fullness of life, life more abundantly. Grant us this, we pray You; and then give us fellowship with You, even in Your uprising, till we be raised up together and made to sit together in the heavenlies with Christ, reigning with Him as He reigns, exercising a hallowed priesthood, even as He exercises it, being made kings and priests unto God, in Christ Jesus ourLord. Amen.

Scripture Reading

Read Scripture with dependence and a desire to obey.

Day 6: Matthew 11:28-30 (Rest in Jesus) 

Prayer of Intercession

Make your requests with thanksgiving, and pray this prayer.

God comfort His mourners! Let the joy of the departed ones be such joy to us that we shall scarcely know a grief. Make us ready, Lord. Keep us waiting for Your Coming, or for our ascent unto You. Oh, how short a time will intervene, and we shall see the God with whom we speak today! In how few days, or weeks, or months, or years, shall we have crossed the Jordan, and we shall come, each man into his heritage. God grant it be so! Let nobody…come short of it through unbelief, but may we all be there when the muster roll is read, to answer to our names. Oh, grant it may be so, You blessed Lord of love. Amen.


Close with the blessing of God.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Cor. 13:14)

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