Weekly Catechism – January 14th

Weekly Catechism – January 14th

To help you disciple your children we release a catechism question and answer for 2yr – 4th grade, and 5th grade – 8th grade every week. We encourage you to incorporate these questions and answers into your daily routines, to help you and your children worship God throughout the week. You can find a complete list of these Catechisms here, and you can read about why we encourage this practice here.

2yr – 4th Grade

Q: What else did God make?

A: God made all things.

(Genesis 1, esp. vv. 1, 31; Acts 14:15; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16)

5th Grade – 8th Grade

Catechism

Q: What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him?

A: The word of God, namely the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.

(Luke 16:29, 31; Galatians 1:8-9; Ephesians 2:20; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 1 John 1:3-4)

Looking to Sunday – Jan. 14th

Looking to Sunday – Jan. 14th

Set List

Behold Our God

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Come and See

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Before the Throne of God Above

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh 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. – Psalm 95:1-7a

Corporate Confession

O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. – Psalm 38:1-4

Assurance of Pardon

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:31-39

Benediction

Emmaus, may the LORD bless you as you behold the Lamb of God this week. May you be filled with inexpressible joy as you bear witness to him is worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing—the Lamb who was slain to take away the sin of the world. May you be transfixed by his beauty, for your joy and the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Weekly Catechism – January 7th

Weekly Catechism – January 7th

To help you disciple your children we release a catechism question and answer for 2yr – 4th grade, and 5th grade – 8th grade every week. We encourage you to incorporate these questions and answers into your daily routines, to help you and your children worship God throughout the week. You can find a complete list of these Catechisms here, and you can read about why we encourage this practice here.

2yr – 4th Grade

Q: Who made you?

A: God made me

(Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Acts 17:24-29)

5th Grade – 8th Grade

Q: What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. (Psalm 73:25-28; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Looking to Sunday – Jan. 7th

Looking to Sunday – Jan. 7th

Set List

A Mighty Fortress

Hast Thou Heard Him Seen Him Known Him

Psalm 130 (From the Depths of Woe)

Hail Sacred Union

Oh, Amazing Mystery!

Liturgy

Call to Worship

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:5-11

Corporate Confession

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. – Psalm 130:1-6

Assurance of Pardon

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:4-10

Benediction

Emmaus, may you leave this place a fresh appreciation, adoration, and affection for the treasure of your souls, our Lord Jesus Christ. May you be blessed and awestruck at this mystery of mysteries: that the Word has become flesh and has dwelt among us, and has offered us life eternal. May your love for this beautiful man—this unfathomably great God, King Jesus—increase more and more, this week and forevermore, to the glory of our Triune God alone. Amen.

Looking to Sunday – Dec. 31st

Looking to Sunday – Dec. 31st

Set List

How Firm a Foundation

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Hallelujah What a Savior

All Glory Be to Christ

Liturgy

Call To Worship

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” – Psalm 89:1-2

Corporate Confession

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. – John 3:18-20

Assurance of Pardon

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:9-13

Benediction

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. – Romans 16:25-27

Receiving Christmas

Receiving Christmas

I should have a trophy on my shelf that says, “Worlds Worst Waiter.” By “waiter” I don’t mean the person at the restaurant that brings your food. I was actually ridiculously good at that (and prideful about it). I’m referring to simply waiting in life. Patience is a virtue, and it’s a virtue that I have had to learn throughout life.

When I was a child we would spend Christmas Eve at my grandparents house every year. The tradition was that after dinner the entire family would crowd into my grandparents living room and grandma would crawl (quite literally some years) under the tree and get out the gifts to give to one person at a time. Three children, three spouses, and 8 grandkids meant this took forever to open your presents. So my cousin and I would “sneak” into the living room during dinner and get our presents out and hide them behind the chair we were going to sit by so we could open our presents quicker. No one was fooled. No sneaking had been accomplished. But we did get to cut down our waiting time.

One year we took this to the extreme. We found out presents wrapped in a bedroom closet at Thanksgiving. Like any seven year old boy, we thought we could open them, see what we got, and rewrap them unknown to others. So that’s what we did. 

We were incredibly surprised that Christmas Eve to be given all of our presents FIRST! Finally, everyone was getting with our plan. But when we opened them, they were all empty boxes. Every one of them. The last one with a note: “To little boys who peak.”

Now, we eventually received our gifts, but we also received a lesson that year. Waiting is not a bad thing.

But as I look back at my life, waiting wasn’t my worst skill — receiving was. I was worse at receiving than giving. I know this because I do not remember a single gift I ever received on Christmas Eve with my family. Not a single one. I do however, vividly remember that one gift that I did not get. A laser tag gun. All of my cousins had brothers to play with, so they got laser tag. I had a sister, and so laser tag eluded me that year, which meant that the remainder of Christmas Eve night and the rest of Christmas vacation, all of my cousins played laser tag while I watched.

I don’t remember a single gift I received, but I vividly remember that which I did not receive.

Unfortunately, many of us are bad receivers. For whatever reason, we do not recognize, appreciate and remember what God has given us. We don’t remember what he’s given us in our family, we don’t remember what he’s given us in our health, our jobs, or our friends. Most of all, many of us go day after day and year after year without truly remembering what we’ve received in Jesus.

As I studied Luke 2 this year, I saw 4 responses of a true receiver of God’s gift of Jesus. I hope that you’ll receive these and thus that your receiving of Jesus this Christmas (or whatever season you read this in) will be strengthened and you’ll find joy in God’s gift to you.

• Mary Received Jesus by Treasuring and Pondering upon him. (Luke 2:19)
• The Shepherds Received Jesus by Glorifying and Praising God for him (Luke 5:20)
• Simeon Received Jesus by being Content with whatever else he received (Luke 2:28-32)
• Anna Received Jesus by being Thankful and Declaring him to others (Luke 5:36-38)

May we be people who see Jesus as the greatest gift ever given and may our lives respond by; treasuring and pondering him, glorifying and praising him, becoming content in all other things, and by being overcome with thankfulness to the degree that we must declare him to others.

Let’s be good receivers of Christmas this season.

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