"For All the Saints"
Welcome and Introduction
Call to Worship: Soli Deo Gloria!
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven
"God is Our Refuge" arr. Allen Pote
Soli Deo Gloria: For the Glory of God Alone
The Reformation reclaimed the Scriptural teaching of the sovereignty of God over every aspect of the believer's life. All of life is to be lived to the glory of God. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever." In contrast to the monastic division of life into sacred versus secular perpetuated by Roman Church, the reformers saw all of life to be lived under the Lordship of Christ to His glory. We are to live continually before His face, corem Deo, consciously bringing every endeavor of life under His lordship.(*Bold script indicates congregational response)
As the Scripture says, Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God; He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.
*For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (1Co 10:31; Rev 1:6; Rom 11:36)"PSALM 100" [ALL PEOPLE THAT ON EARTH DO DWELL] Hymn No. 1
As we come to corporately acknowledge our sinfulness, we should remember the grace of God. A central cry of the Reformation was salvation by grace alone. In contrast to the doctrines of self-merit taught by Rome, Sola Gratia and the accompanying doctrines of grace were preached by all the Reformers throughout the Protestant movement. As the Second Helvetic Confession says, "From eternity God has freely, and of his mere grace, without any respect to men, predestinated or elected the saints whom he wills to save in Christ . . . . For we are saved by grace and the favor of Christ alone. Works necessarily proceed from faith. And salvation is improperly attributed to them, but is most properly ascribed to grace."Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon
Hear now the promises of God's Word to those who have trusted in Christ alone: ... "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 to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on 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. AMEN (Eph 1:3-8)
The doctrine of Sola Scriptura was the "Formal Principle" of the Reformation. In 1521 at Martin Luther's historic interrogation, he declared, "Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons -- for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another -- I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God's Word." As the Belgic Confession stated, "We believe that [the] holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and that whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently taught therein...we reject with all our hearts whatsoever does not agree with this infallible rule."
As the Scripture says, "Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Thy law....For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name....All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (Psa 119:18; Psa 138:2; 2Ti 3:16-17)
"A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD" Hymn No. 92
Solo Christo: We Believe in Christ Alone
"I GREET THEE, WHO MY SURE REDEEMER ART" Hymn No. 168
The Reformation called the church back to faith in Christ as the sole mediator between God and man. The reformers taught that salvation was by Christ's work alone. As the Heidelberg Catechism, Question 30 asks, "Do such then believe in Jesus the only Saviour who seek their salvation and happiness in saints, in themselves, or anywhere else? They do not; for though they boast of him in words yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Saviour: for one of these two things must be true that either Jesus is not a complete Saviour or that they who by a true faith receive this Saviour must find all things in him necessary to their salvation."
Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone
The "Material Principle" of the Reformation was justification by faith alone. As the Westminster Confession of Faith says, "Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification" and the Genevan Confession of Calvin said, "We confess that the entrance which we have to the great treasures and riches of the goodness of God that is vouchsafed us is by faith; inasmuch as, in certain confidence and assurance of heart, we believe in the promises of the gospel, and receive Jesus Christ as he is offered to us by the Father and described to us by the Word of God."Pastoral Prayer for the Reformation of the Church
As the Scripture says,
Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. . .Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "The righteous man shall live by faith." (Gal 3:6-11)
(Ministers in Concert) We pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, the gospel propagated throughout the world, the Jews called, the fulness of the Gentiles brought in; the church furnished with all gospel-officers and ordinances, purged from corruption, countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate: that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted: that Christ would rule in our hearts here, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for ever: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends. In Name of Christ Jesus the Lord. (From the Westminster Larger Catechism, Q. 191)
"Sleepers Awake" (Wachet Auf) J. S. Bach
"Continuing the Reformation" (Hebrews 4:11-13)
Concertato on "Lead on O King Eternal" (Choir & Congregation) arr. Loyd Larson