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Order of Service 21/10

Hebrews is as practical and pastoral as it is theological. Hebrews 5:11-6:3 breaks from the discussion of Melchizedek, and turns to the condition of many of Hebrews’ hearers or readers: spiritual dullness.

Our call to worship from Psalm 119 reminds us of how believers may end up with more wisdom than their teachers: by loving God’s Word. After invoking God’s blessing and enablement over our time, we open with a simple and joyful anthem, “Come, Christians Join to Sing”.

Reading from the wisdom literature of Solomon, we discover the great folly of being dull towards the Word. We turn again to sing of the mystery of the Incarnation in the newer hymn we are learning, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”.

Our reading in the Gospels reminds us of how the dullness of the disciples was rebuked by Christ. If we are spiritually alert and not dull, we will certainly agree with Wesley’s “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing”, and can sing it heartily.

We pray, in obedience to 1 Timothy 2:1-4, and we give, in obedience to 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. We then study Hebrews 5:11-6:3. We end with singing the great trinitarian benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, captured in hymn 345, “May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 119:97-104

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 190 Come, Christians Join to Sing

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33

New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: Mark 8:9-21

Hymn 219 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Hebrews 5:11-6:3: Arrested Development

Hymn 345 May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour

Benediction

Postlude

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