Perhaps no burden is like the burden of guilt. Today we consider how our Lord’s sacrifice is the truly effective remover of guilt and an afflicted conscience.
Our God calls us into His presence with a promise that it is blessed to approach. We then ask the Lord to enable us to worship. Our first hymn celebrates the truth that only the life and death of Jesus on our behalf can remove condemnation and guilt. Psalm 32 reports this reality from an Old Testament perspective: David knew the pain of guilt, and the pleasure of forgiveness.
We then sing of our own helplessness to remove our guilt in “Not What These Hands Have Done”. Our New Testament reading teaches us that those in the light, those true children of God, experience continual cleansing, even while they continually confess.
Ours is the privilege to approach God in intercession. We do so, and then offer tangible expressions of our trust in Him. We turn to His Word, studying Hebrews 9:1-14. We respond with the hymn “And Can It Be”, singing the 3rd and 4th stanzas that delight in forgiveness and cleansing. We depart with God’s blessing.
Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1-5
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 228 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Scripture Reading: Psalm 32:1-5
Hymn 217 Not What These Hands Have Done (TERRA BEATA)
Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2
Sermon: Hebrews 9:1-14: Effectual Conscience-Cleansing
Hymn 229 And Can It Be (3 & 4)