PRELUDE O God Our Help In Ages Past – Croft/Berry
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Praise is due to you, O God, for you answer our prayer.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance.
You are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
Let us worship God!
*HYMN Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty (35)
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
To fear you is the beginning of knowledge, O God, and to confess our sins can lead to repentance. We admit the wrongs we commit against neighbors; the remarks that aim at tearing them down, the actions that exclude, the subtle and not so subtle distinctions that “put them in their place.” Forgive us for our love of comfort in a world that is hungry and thirsty. Help us to amend our ways, through the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
PASSING THE PEACE (you are invited to share the Peace of Christ as you feel comfortable doing)
MUSICAL INTERLUDE Praise God for This Holy Ground #405
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:17
17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
MUSICAL INTERLUDE Baptized in Water #482
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12
1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
SERMON: Commandments X: Full Contentment
ANTHEM Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah – Hughes/Keveren
* LITANY OF AFFIRMATION: (from Westminster Shorter Catechism, 7.079-.081)
What is the Tenth Commandment?
The Tenth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
What is required in the Tenth Commandment?
The Tenth Commandment requireth full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor and all that is his.
What is forbidden in the Tenth Commandment?
The Tenth Commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
(Joys): Lord, we praise you. Thanks be to God.
(Concerns): Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE/THE LORD’S PRAYER
INVITATION TO SHARE:
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need #803
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN: Fairest Lord Jesus (630)
*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
*POSTLUDE Blessings Abound – Tobir
*- those who can stand are invited to stand