Few truths bring greater joy and assurance to a believer than the thought that Jesus continually, and unceasingly prays for us. His eternal presence in Heaven is the unshakeable guarantee that if we are in Him, we are forever and eternally secure.
We begin with a call to worship from Romans 8:28-34, where these magnificent truths are set forth. Calling on God to help us to respond in worship, we then sing “Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus”, where we sing, “We, by faith, do now adore Thee, Seated at Thy Father’s side. There, for us Thou now art pleading, There Thou dost our sorrows share, Ever for us interceding, Till in glory we appear.”
Our first Scripture reading is the first half of Christ’s High Priestly prayer of John 17, where we learn what it is that He prays for His people. We go on to sing “Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated”, where we sing “Lord, in all Thy power and glory, Still Thy thoughts and eyes are here; Watching o’er Thy ransomed people, To Thy gracious heart so dear; Thou for us art interceding”.
We then continue our reading of John 17. Following that, we have the privilege of interceding together, and do so, before giving God glory and the firstfruits of our increase.
We meditate together then on Hebrews 7:23-28, where we learn that “while in Heaven He stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart”. We close by singing those words in the hymn “Before the Throne of God Above”.
Call to Worship: Romans 8:28-34
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 181 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus! (HYFRYDOL)
Scripture Reading: John 17:1-12
Hymn 187 Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated
Scripture Reading: John 17:13-26
Sermon: Hebrews 7:23-28: No Tongue Can Bid Me Thence Depart
Song 7 Before the Throne of God Above