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 95:6,7: ”O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”

Hymn—“Now Thank We All Our God”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 133:1-3

”Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Kindred In Christ, For His Dear Sake”

Sermon—“Church Unity”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the definition for the Greek verb, katartizō, and the four ways it is used in the New Testament
• Showing how the verb is used with reference to “joining together what has been disjointed”
• Highlighting the reason why the Apostle Paul wrote his two letters to the church at Corinth
• Making a comparison between 1 Corinthians 1:10 and 2 Corinthians 13:11
• The Greek verb is used in this context of “joining something together” only in connection with the church at Corinth
• The Greek verb occurs at the beginning of the first letter and at the end of the second letter
• In both texts, Paul is pressing upon the members of the church the importance of nurturing a unified spirit
• At the beginning of the first letter, Paul introduced the subject of unity by “beseeching” the brethren, and then proceeded to argue the case; whereas at the end of the second letter, Paul concludes the subject of unity by “blessing” the brethren, and proceeds to emphasize the truth
• In both texts, Paul addresses the members of the church as “brethren”
• In the first letter, the authority and motivating principle for nurturing a spirit of unity is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; whereas in the second letter, it is the God of love and peace
• At the beginning of the first letter, Paul gives four clear instructions to the members of the church as they endeavor to nurture unity
• At the end of the second letter, Paul gives four more instructions to the church as they endeavor to nurture unity

Hymn—“Blest Be The Tie That Binds”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.



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