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Call to Worship

Receive God’s gracious call to worship.

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah. Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:1–5) 


Offer this praise to God:

O dear Saviour, it is such a joy to us to know that You are “Very God of Very God,” most truly divine. We worship You. It is an equal joy to know that You are in all points made like unto Your brethren—most truly Man, of the substance of Your mother. We joy in Your humanity. Our heart rejoices to have such a Brother as You are, born for adversities; and it is a great privilege to us to think of You as sitting at the right hand of God, daily interceding for us, for though Your Passion is but once, yet the influence of it is for ever. Though You did but once bring the Sacrifice, yet You present it day and night on behalf of those that come to God by You. And we, too, are at the Father’s right hand, since You are there. You represent our humanity. You represent us, and we are accepted in the Beloved, and we are raised up together, and made to sit together in the heavenlies in Christ.

The Law

Hear God’s perfect requirements.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven… Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.(Matthew 5:17–20, 7:12) 

Confession of Sin

Confess and repent of sins before God.

O, God, cover, all the people of Christ…with Your feathers and keep Your Church even until He shall come Who, having loved His own that were in the world, loves them even to the end. We would ask just now that we may be washed as to our feet; we trust You have bathed us once for all in the sin-removing fountain. You have also washed us in the waters of regeneration and given us the renewing of our minds, through Jesus Christ; but O for daily cleansing. You see any fault in us? Ah! we know that You do. Wash us that we may be clean. Are we deficient in any virtue? Oh! supply it that we may exhibit a perfect character to the glory of Him who has made us anew in Christ Jesus. Or is there something that would be good if not carried to excess? Be pleased to modify it lest one virtue should slaughter another, and we should not be the image of Christ completely. 

O Lord and Master, You who washed Your disciples’ feet of old, still be very patient toward us, very condescending towards our provoking faults, and go on with us, we pray You, till Your great work shall be completed and we shall be brethren of the First Born, like unto Him. Gracious Master, we wish to, conquer self in every respect; we desire to live for the glory of God and the good of our fellow men; we would have it true of us as of our Master, “He saved others, Himself He cannot save.” 

Will You enable us especially to overcome the body with all its affections and lusts; may the flesh be kept under; let no appetite of any kind of the grosser sort prevail against our manhood, lest we be dishonored and unclean. And let not even the most refined power of the natural mind be permitted to come so forward as to mar the dominion of the Spirit of God within us. …Oh! for a complete conquest of self. Especially render us insensible to praise, lest we be too sensitive to censure. Let us reckon that to have the approbation of God and of our own conscience is quite enough; and may we be content, gracious God, to bear the cavillings of unreasonable men; yea, and to bear the misrepresentations of our own brethren. Those that we love, if they love not us, yet may we love them none the less, and if by mistake they misjudge us, let us have no hard feelings towards them, and God grant we may never misjudge one another, does not our Judge stand at the bar? 

Oh! keep us like little children who do not know, but expect to know hereafter, and are content to believe things which they do not understand. Lord keep us humble, dependent, yet serenely joyful. May we be calm and quiet even as a weaned child, yet may we be earnest and active. 

Savior, make us like You.

Assurance of Pardon

Hear the promise of grace:

He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, (Ephesians 1:6–8) 


Offer this praise to God:

He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. (1 Tim. 6:15-16)


Testify what you believe of Christian truth:

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24–31) 


Learn from Spurgeon’s catechism.

40. What did God reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
A. The rule which God first revealed to man for his obedience, is the moral law (Deu 10:4; Mat 19:17), which is summarised in the ten commandments.

41. What is the sum of the ten commandments?
A. The sum of the ten commandments is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbour as ourselves (Mat 22:37-40).

Prayer for Illumination

Ask for spiritual understanding before reading God’s Word:

Let us realise our privilege. Lord, let us not live as if we were merely earth-born, for we are born from heaven. Let us not live as if our portion were beneath the moon; for our best portion lies on the other side of Jordan, in the goodly land; thither Christ has gone to take possession of it in our name. And as You are with the Father, let us feel that we are with the Father. Forgetting all the noise and turmoil of this week of tossings to and fro; forgetting all cares and anxieties of family and of business, we would now steal away to Jesus, and feel that we have stolen away towards God, and are now speaking with our Father face to face.

Scripture Reading

Read Scripture with dependence and a desire to obey.

Day 16: Romans 12:1-21 (Living Sacrifices for God) 

Prayer of Intercession

Make your requests with thanksgiving, and pray this prayer.

Now we would bring before You all Your saints and ask You to attend to their trials and troubles. Some we know are afflicted in person, others are afflicted in their dear friends, some are afflicted in their temporal estate and are brought into sore distress. Lord, we do not know the trials of all Your people, but You do, for You are the Head, and the pains of all the members are centered in You. Help all Your people even to the end. 

Now we pray You to grant us the blessing which we have already sought, and let it come upon all the churches of our beloved country. May the Lord revive true and undefiled religion here and in all the other lands where Christ is known and preached, and let the day come when heathendom shall become converted, when the crescent of Mohammed shall wane into eternal night, and when she that sits on the Seven Hills and exalts herself in the place of God shall be cast down to sink like a millstone in the flood. 

Let the blessed Gospel of the eternal God prevail, let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Oh! that we may live to see that day. The Lord bless our country; have pity upon it…

Grant that there may be in Your infinite wisdom a change in the state of trade and commerce, that there may be less complaint and distress.

Oh! let the people see Your hand, and understand why it is laid upon them, that they may turn from wrongdoing and seek righteousness and follow after peace. Then shall the blessing return. The Lord hear us as in secret we often cry to You on behalf of this misled land. The Lord deliver it, and lift up the light of His countenance upon it yet again, for Jesus’ sake. 


Close with the blessing of God.

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thess. 3:16 ) 

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