God is no man’s debtor, and no one can out-give God. Those who come to know Him find themselves in a kind of loving debt: a willing desire to freely give themselves back to Him. Psalm 96 captures our joyful desire to give praise and thanks to the Lord.
“Give Praise to God” captures this idea, reminding us that “we never place God in our debt”. Our first Scripture reading shows us the heart of David towards God: refusing to give God what cost him nothing.
The hymn “My God I Love Thee” sings of why we love God: not as a means to some other end, but as the End Himself: the One who saved us, the One who loved us, and solely because He is our God.
2 Corinthians 8:1-15 captures the heart of giving to God: first of ourselves, out of a willing heart, in whatever state we find ourselves. As we act upon all this in a time of giving, we sing “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven”, reflecting on God’s benefits to us.
Our meditation is then on Exodus 35 to 36. We close with a hymn of consecration: “Take My Life”.
Call to Worship: Psalm 96
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 54 Give Praise To God
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 24:18-25
Hymn 234 My God I Love Thee
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Offering: Congregational Hymn 58 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Sermon: Exodus 35-36
Hymn 243 Take My Life