Weekly Liturgy

A Plan for the Fullness of Time

Purpose

This weekly liturgy is meant to help you prepare your heart and mind for the Sunday morning gathering. Take some time this weekend to read, pray, and quiet your mind. Consider the following theme and scriptures to focus your heart on Christ and prepare for our Sunday morning gathering. 

Theme

The Triune God’s plan of cosmic reconciliation ends in grace for us and praise for him

Call to Worship 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. – Isaiah 43:18-20

Scripture Reading

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. – 1 Cor. 15:20-28

Sermon Text 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:3-14

Sermon Outline

Three movements in the Triune God’s symphonic salvation

  1. Chosen by the Father (1:3-6)
  2. Redeemed by the Son (1:7-10)
  3. Assured by the Spirit (1:11-14)

Congregational Songs

  1. Come Praise and Glorify
  2. Arise, My Soul Arise 
  3. His Mercy is More
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. Doxology

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for Luke as he prepares to preach God’s Word
  2. Pray for your own heart and mind to receive God’s Word with humility