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God, Your Neighbor and You – Commandment XI 9.10.23

by | Sep 11, 2023 | Sermons


PRELUDE                               How Majestic Is Your Name                   – Smith

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good, whose steadfast love endures forever.
Those gathered from east and west and north and south are the redeemed of the Lord.
Those who cried to the Lord in times of trouble God delivered from their distress.
Let them thank the Lord for steadfast love and wonderful works to humankind.
Let us worship God!

*HYMN:                                  Lord, I Want to Be a Christian                       (729)


If then you have been raised with Christ, set your mind on things that are above.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
But now you must get rid of all such things- anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  Amen.


PASSING THE PEACE (you are invited to share the Peace of Christ as you feel comfortable doing)

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                         Come, Christians, Join to Sing                             #267


SCRIPTURE:  Exodus 20:1-17
1Then God spoke all these words:
2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me.

4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13You shall not murder.

14You shall not commit adultery.

15You shall not steal.

16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

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                                      I Need Thee Every Hour

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:34-40
34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”


SERMON:                                                                             Commandments XI: God, Your Neighbor, and You



* LITANY OF AFFIRMATION:  (from Westminster Shorter Catechism, 7.039-.042)
What is the duty which God requireth of man?
The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will.
What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
The rule which God first revealed to man for his obedience was the moral law.
Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?
The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments.
What is the sum of the Ten Commandments?
The sum of the Ten Commandments is: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.

          (Joys):  Lord, we praise you.  Thanks be to God.
          (Concerns): Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


OFFERING/MUSICAL INTERLUDE                   There Is a Balm in Gilead                      #792




Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Blessed are you, O God, Maker of heaven and earth.  …  For your love and faithfulness we give you thanks and praise, joining the hymns of our ancestors.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of you glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed are you, O God, Savior and Sovereign of all.  …  As we receive this holy meal we remember Christ our Passover, proclaiming the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Blessed are you, O God, …  With heart and soul and might we will love and serve you alone, glorifying your holy name.

Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion

*HYMN:                    Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love              (203)



*POSTLUDE                        Lord, I Know I’ve Been Changed                    – Shackley

*- those who can stand are invited to stand

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