Our gospel lesson this week is taken from Matthew 4: 12-23, where Jesus officially begins his public ministry in “the land of Zebulun and Napthali”, which were the former land allotments given to the two northern tribes of Israel (Jacob’s descendants), also known as the region of Galilee.
The Light of the World, Jesus Christ (John 8:12), came to fulfill the Old Testament Messianic prophecies of the coming Saviour, the One who would humbly and graciously come into the darkness and reveal Himself by casting a light into the fallen world, to seek, find and gather a people to Himself.
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4: 6
What consolation and assurance we have in Jesus; the light of the gospel continues to shine in the world and in our hearts today!
Order of Service
Call to Worship
Hymn 479: “The church’s one foundation” (vs 2 & 4 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 267: “Rejoice, the Lord is king” (vs 2 & 4 en français)
Responsive reading: Psalm 27: 1, 5-13
Isaiah 9: 1-4 (en français)
1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 4: 12-23
Sermon: “Life defining moments”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 480: “In Christ there is no east or west”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 634: “Will you come and follow me”
Go now in peace