With the theme “Valuing Christ Above All”, we are called to worship with Psalm 27:1-8. The psalmist says that he desires one thing above all: to behold the beauty of the Lord. There is no greater obligation, and no greater joy, than to know and love the beauty of God. This is why the writer responds to the call “Seek My face” with joyful submission. This is our heart as we approach worship.
We ask for grace to do so, and then we join our voices in the glad anthem “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.” Nine times in this hymn, we will repeat “Alleluia” (“Praise Yahweh”), followed by “Amen” (“Let it Be So”).
Our first Scripture reading is Christ confronting us with whether our hearts are divided between Him and material goods, teaching us that whatever we treasure, is where our true love is found. Isaac Watts “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” takes this theme of value. Notice the themes “richest gain & loss” “vain things & sacrifice”. Watts wants us to consider how Christ, seen most clearly at the cross demands our highest valuing.
Our second Scripture reminds us of Christ’s centrality to us. Jesus! What a Friend For Sinners!, celebrates Christ as Friend, Strength, Help, Guide and Keeper.
We then meditate together on Philippians 3:1-11. We end with Be Thou My Vision, where we sing that our High King of Heaven is our Treasure.
Call to Worship: Psalm 27:1-8
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 190 Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24
Hymn 150 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-8
Hymn: 233 Jesus What a Friend for Sinners!
Sermon: Philippians 3:1-11 Valuing Christ Above All
Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision