Here are the suggested links and liturgy. God bless.
Pastor Babcock’s message:
Westminster Seminary: Dr. Dennis Johnson: Seeing the Unfolding Unity
Ligonier: Dr. Alistair Begg: After Darkness, Light
Westminster Seminary: Dr. Scott Clark: Active Obedience
Sermonaudio: Dr. Edmund Clowney: Heaven Opened
MLJ Trust: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Unbelief and Modern Men
Bible and Catechism Readings
Sun May 3 1 Sam 21-22; John 7:1-31 WCF 11.1
Mon May 4 1 Sam 23-24; John 7:32-53 WLC 70; WSC 33
Tues May 5 1 Sam 25-26; John 8:1-20 WCF 11.2
Wed May 6 1 Sam 27-28; John 8:21-38 WCF 11.3
Thurs May 7 1 Sam 29-31; John 8:39-59 WLC 71
Fri May 8 2 Sam 1-2; John 9:1-23 WCF 11.4
Sat May 9 2 Sam 3-4; John 9:24-41 WCF 11.5
Psalm 100:4-5, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.”
O great God, how worthy You are to receive all praise and adoration, and we do joyfully come before You knowing that You alone are God. There is no God but You and we are Your people because we have been bought by the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We are so glad that we are His, and He is ours. Blessed be the name of our great Redeemer! O Father, strengthen our hearts to believe all Your promises, to trust in Your Word, to obey Your commands, and to heed Your warnings. Open our eyes to see the great treasures that is ours in Christ, that we might also behold Your beauty. Fill us with Your love and help us by Your Spirit to present our entire selves to You as living sacrifices. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we ask that You will show us Your glory and bring us into Your eternally blessed fellowship. The nearness of God is our good. Amen.
Reading of the Law
Hebrews 13:1-7, “Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The LORD is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.’
Here we are reminded that our faith in Christ is not a dead faith, but one that works and seeks to show love and faithfulness in all our relationships. Because we are the Lord’s, our lives should reflect that holy relationship we are called into. However, because of the principle of indwelling sin, we fail to love and be as faithfully obedient as we should be. But we can go to God because He is rich in mercy and compassion. Let us now turn to Him in prayer, confessing our sin:
O merciful God, we confess and acknowledge how we are inclined to all sorts of evils and that we are very often slow to do good. We have sinned against You and hurt our neighbours. For this we are sorry, and we cry out to You for Your grace and help. Since Your Son’s blood was spilled for the forgiveness of sin, please wash our guilty consciences clean. Grant to us an increase of Your Holy Spirit that we might completely die to our sin and walk to please You according to Your will. May we live a life to Your glory, all to the praise of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen
Word of Consolation
Romans 5:6-9, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
As we come to our time of prayer, let us take comfort and encouragement through the words of holy Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Thankfully and gladly, O Lord, would we come to You now, drawn by Your great love, which is the brightness of Your glory. We are so glad that through Christ we have a way into Your presence and the confidence to know that in Him our prayers are heard. We cling to His righteousness as our own, and are thankful that You have accepted His sacrifice on our behalf.
Help us not to grow in fear or grow anxious about tomorrow, for we know that we are in Your hand and nothing can snatch us out of it. We know also that because You love us so tenderly and dearly, all our circumstances, trials, difficulties, and joys are given to us to perfect us into the image of Your Son, Jesus. Everything is working for our good! What joy that should produce in us. Forgive us of our grumbles and complaining, for it shows not only our ignorance of Your power and wisdom, but it demonstrates just how pride and selfish ambition remains in us. We look forward to the day when we will be freed of all sin and that we will fully bear the image of Your holiness.
Cause all Your servants to have a strong anointing of Your Spirit so that we might be Your witnesses in this world. How the world is lost in sin and darkness. How much confusion and fear fills our society. Help us to show by our faith that Jesus is Lord and there is peace in Him. Let Your Kingdom come into men’s hearts and may the Temple of God be built up amidst the ruins of idols and shrines. Bless the Presbytery of Southern California. Fill all our churches with grace. As churches are still in lockdown, we pray that You would remove this soon and allow us to gather again as Your elect people to worship You and enjoy the bonds of fellowship You have created. But help us all to learn the lessons You want us to understand in this trial of faith. Help us to remain steadfast and faithful to Your calling on our lives. Help us to grow in patience. Cause Your church in Hawaii to grow in grace, love, and unity and grant to them an abundance that their finances might be stabilized. We pray for our mission in Pasadena, and ask that Pastor Cotta’s training of officers would be fruitful so that strong and wise leaders who value the kingdom more than their own lives would be raised. May all our foreign missionaries know a special touch of Your Spirit today, and let them rejoice to see fruit develop from their labours in the gospel. Be especially with Ben Hope in Haiti. Strengthen him with renewed vigor as he ministers in a very hard and difficult place. As his children, Ethan and Emma, study for university exams, grant them Your blessings.
Lord, we pray for President Trump. Grant him wisdom as he has a difficult job in taking all the information before him and balance both health and economic needs. Be with Governor Ducey, as well, and grant him wisdom as he looks at opening up Arizona. O Lord, You have raised all magistrates to their position that they might be a force for peace and establishing the general well-being and good of the nations who are under Your sovereignty and common grace. We pray they might be able to accomplish their purpose with Your blessing. Grant a solution to this pandemic and we pray for those who are working as health care providers. Protect them and give understanding to those seeking a vaccine. Cause us to go back to normal soon.
Father, we remember our brothers and sisters with whom we cannot meet. Some perhaps have weaknesses, some of us troubles, some sorrows, some perplexities, some are facing difficult financials. Whatever may busy their hearts and upset them, whether joy or sorrow, disappointments or fulfilled hopes, we beseech You that You would help them to always bow to Your wisdom and guidance. Breathe Your peace upon us so that none of us would turn away in affliction or faint in our walk. Increase Your Spirit within us that we might all grow in maturity and in grace to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. Unveil Your face and turn our faces to the incorruptible and undying life and grant that as we walk in the light as You are in the light, we may be Your servants. Heal the sick among us — again, we pray for Amanda Mulder who is still quarantined with the virus —ease her discomforts and protect her mother from coming down with it. Help those in school who are finishing their studies this week or two to be faithful and diligent in their studies and to do a good job. Help us all in our work to be safe and wise and in all things, that we may always point others to the One who died for us. Again, thank You for all the mercies which You have scattered upon our path. Let Your strong hand hold each of us up through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Reading the Scriptures: Luke 19:1-10
Pastor Babcock’s message: Zaccheus: A Great Salvation