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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 92:1,2: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”

Hymn—“Be Thou My Vision”

Scripture Reading—1 Peter 2:1-25

”Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Count Your Blessings”

Testimonies

King David wrote in Psalm 71:15-17: “My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.” The righteousness spoken of by David is that which is imputed to the elect of God according to the covenant engagement between the Father and the Son from eternity. God the Father has chosen His people in Christ, that they should be holy and without blame before Him in love. He has made them accepted in the beloved, in whom they have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. It is from this covenant engagement that all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ have been secured for elect sinners. And it is this that David declares in Psalm 71—“My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness (justifying grace) and thy salvation (all branches of the gracious covenant) all the day; for I know not the numbers (of blessings) thereof. I will go in the strength of the Lord God (as a branch united to the vine): I will make mention of thy righteousness (justifying grace), even of thine only. O God, thou has taught me from my youth (having been regenerated early in his life): and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works (all that God has done in David’s life as been for his good and to the glory of God’s grace).” If you know your sins forgiven through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, then David’s testimony will resonate in your heart. If so, then take this opportunity to voice your joy and rejoicing in the Lord—how has He been unfolding these spiritual blessings to you?

Hymn—“It Is Well With My Soul”

Sermon—“More Evidence Of Regeneration”

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This sermon addresses the following points:
• Abel was one of God’s elect people
• Abel knew he was one of God’s elect people because he had been born again
• Abel knew he had been born again because the Spirit of God bore witness with his spirit that he was a child of God
• Abel knew he had been born again because he exercised saving faith in the redemptive work of Christ
• Abel knew he had been born again because he lived as a stranger and a pilgrim on the earth
• Distinguishing between the career paths of Cain and Abel, showing how farming was linked with false religion, whereas shepherding was linked with true religion
• Tracing these career paths to their father, Adam, who was also a farmer and a shepherd
• Showing how Abel’s career path of shepherding represents true religion, illustrating the way he conducted himself as a stranger and a pilgrim in this world
• Making an application of this teaching to the lives of God’s people today—all regenerate sinners have entered into the kingdom of God and should be living as strangers and pilgrims in the world
• Explaining the dual citizenship of the believer—he/she is a citizen of the kingdom of this world, as well as the kingdom of God
• Explaining how the believer is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, while living in the kingdom of this world
• Highlighting several snares which often cause God’s people to stumble and backslide as they journey through this world as strangers and pilgrims

Hymn—“’Some Wise Men Of Opinions Boast”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. Amen.

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Guidance Notes
[1] The proceedings of the worship service should be conducted by one person. If it is a family gathering, then the head of home (Father or Mother) should assume the leadership. If it is a church gathering, then the Pastor, Deacon or an elder should assume the oversight. If it is a gathering with friends (peers), then one of these persons should take the lead. It is the responsibility of the leader to maintain order and discipline during the meeting. This important position should not be delegated to a person on the basis of his/her musical ability. Just because someone has a good voice or can play an instrument does not qualify him/her to lead a worship service.
[2] The leader should set a time for the worship service, making it known to all who will be attending. The leader should ensure the worship room is clean and clear of anything that might distract. The leader should give a five minute notice before the service begins. At the scheduled time, the leader should start by calling the group to worship.
[3] Children of all ages should be attending the family and/or church gathering. It is the responsibility of the parents to train their children how to be respectful and attentive during a worship service. The leader should ensure all toys and devices are put out of sight. It sends the wrong message to young children if they are allowed to play during a worship service. The leader (and group) should exercise patience and gentleness if some of the children are a little disruptive. In certain circumstances, one of the parents may need to take the child out of the room until discipline of the child is regained.
[4] Here is an example on how the proceedings should go:
• A CALL TO WORSHIP
“Let us worship almighty God, by standing together and singing our opening hymn-‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING OPENING HYMN
Read the statement after the opening hymn, under ‘A Call To Worship’.
“Let us stand together as we sing our first hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FIRST HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us continue to worship the Lord by hearing what He has to say to us from the Holy Scriptures. Please turn in your Bible to the (Scripture Text) and I will read from the opening verse.” The Scripture should be read by the family or church leader.
• READ THE SCRIPTURE
“And may the Lord add a double blessing upon the reading of His Word. Let us now come before the Lord in prayer.” Although the opening prayer may be delegated to someone else in the group, it is a good policy for the family or church leader to assume this responsibility.
• THE OPENING PRAYER
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our second hymn—‘Name of the Hymn.’”
• SING SECOND HYMN
“You may be seated.” Read the statement under “Testimonies”.
• SHARE TESTIMONIES
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our third hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING THIRD HYMN
“You may be seated. We will now come under the teachings of God’s Word. Let us be attentive to the gospel minister. He has prepared food for our souls. May it please the Lord to edify us in the gospel.”
• WATCH THE SERMON
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our fourth hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FOURTH HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us close our meeting in prayer.” It is a good policy to delegate this responsibility to another leader in the group. For instance, if the father is leading the family worship, then he may ask the mother to close in prayer; or, if the Pastor is leading the church worship, then he may ask a Deacon or an elder to close in prayer.
• LEAD IN THE CLOSING PRAYER
“Before we are dismissed, let us stand together once more and sing a final hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING CLOSING HYMN
• READ THE BENEDICTION



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