Hebrews is filled with surprising but deeply comforting truths about our Lord and Messiah, Jesus. One is how His suffering was the means of becoming a sympathetic High Priest. We’ll consider this in Hebrews 5:1-10.
We are called away from the profane to worship with Psalm 65, which addresses God as “O You Who Hear Prayer”. We ask Him for His blessing over our worship, and then sing a hymn which celebrates His absolute self-sufficiency, “Give Praise to God”.
The reading in the Tanakh details how the High Priest, when entering the Most Holy on the Day of Atonement, had to present sacrifices for himself. His weakness made him sympathetic.
We then a sing a hymn new to us, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”, which captures the Incarnation of Christ, from birth to resurrection.
In the new covenant, we read John 12:20-33, where Jesus confronts the tension of wanting to be saved from His cross-work, while submitting to it, learning obedience.
Our time of prayer culminates in presenting our gifts, while thinking again on the Incarnation in the song, “Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came”. We work through Hebrews 5:1-10, and then our closing song captures the embrace and welcome of a sympathetic High Priest: “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”.
Call to Worship: Psalm 65
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 54 Give Praise to God
Scripture Reading: Leviticus 16:1-13
New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33
Offering: Congregational Song 25 Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came
Sermon: Hebrews 5:1-10: A High Priest Sympathetic Through His Suffering
Hymn 75 Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy