Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ alone, is Our Righteousness.
The Gospel Structure to Sunday Morning
The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb (Revelation 5:8).
Revelation chapters four and five describe a worship service in heaven. The stuff of worship that we do here on earth is already going on up there, things like:
· songs of praise and frequent prayers,
· surrendering of hearts,
· the moving of the Spirit,
· the proclamation of truth about God,
· a constant focus on the Father and the Lamb.
The Revelation worship scene follows the structure of the gospel: God’s glory, our sin, Christ’s sacrifice. In chapter four, there is a robust presentation of God and how majestic he is in holiness. Chapter five begins with an acknowledgement of sin: “no one was found worthy to take the scroll from him seated on heaven’s throne.” But then the Lamb is presented, the Savior who by his blood “ransomed people from every tribe and nation.” Singing and praise erupt as the Lamb succeeds in taking the scroll from the Father.
Now, Sunday mornings here on earth are not what they are in heaven! But still, during our worship services, especially the first half, we structure things around the gospel—just like they do in heaven.
First, God’s glory: After a call to gather ourselves for worship, we look to God. This happens in the opening hymn, carefully chosen to focus on God and him alone. A choir anthem and Scripture reading usually follow, and both of them develop the truths about God that are the theme for the morning.
Second, our sin: A confession of sin comes next. We acknowledge how far short we fall of God and his purposes. This “Prayer of Confession” can be either led up front or recited in unison or include a period of silent interaction with the Lord. Regardless of how we do it, we admit our sin and need.
Finally, Christ’s sacrifice: Gospel words of assurance follow, reminding all who are trusting Christ that he has paid it all and our sins are washed away. Singing and praise then erupt as we celebrate the Lamb’s death and resurrection on our behalf.
I know Sunday mornings can be busy, but please don’t miss the weekly opportunity to worship God in light of his gospel.
Stone Hill 101 (membership class): Stone Hill 101 will be held on Sunday after the 2nd service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. The class will last about 2.5 hours. Whether you are interested in church membership or just want to learn more about the church, Stone Hill 101 is designed for you to survey the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. For more info please contact Pastor Jin Lee.
Car Needed to Borrow: Our new Director of Children's Ministry, Lindsei Lansky, is arriving in Princeton on November 1. She will need a car to borrow for a few weeks until she gets one of her own. If you have one to loan, please contact Doug Megill at firstname.lastname@example.org. She's planning to be at church on Sunday, November 4 - be sure to say hello!
Stone Hill Student Connections - 2018-2019 School Year: University Students (grad and undergrad) and Stone Hill families -- Would you like to more intentionally connect for fellowship? Sign up and we will pair students with a Stone Hill Church family. Once paired you can get together in ways that work for you: have a meal in a home or a restaurant on Nassau Street, take time to get to know each other in the atrium and perhaps sit together in church some Sundays. Are you interested? Please contact the church at email@example.com.
Traffic Information – Princeton Half Marathon: The Princeton Half Marathon takes place Sunday, November 4. Traffic patterns around our church will be affected between 8 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. If coming from the east or south, use Bunn Drive instead. If coming from the west or north, use Mt. Lucas to Poor Farm Rd or use River Road to Herrontown Road. The Princeton Police Department will be directing traffic via a single lane on Herrontown Road in front of our church. Let the police know you are going into the church and they will let you through. Maps of the race route are available at the Welcome Desk.
Book Reviewers Needed: Do you love books? Have you read one recently with a compelling message that you think others, including Stone Hill church members, should know about? If so, Readers' Reviews would like to hear from you. You can choose a book from our selected library, or suggest one yourself. Books cover a wide range of Christian and mainstream books across all genres of fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Dori Perrucci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camera Man: Next Sunday, November 4, Sean Schools will be filming around the church. You'll see him in the services, in the Atrium, and in children, youth, and adult Sunday school classes. The footage is for a Stone Hill Church promotional video. It will be used in-house and publicly. If you don't wish to be filmed, please avoid the camera or contact the church office. Parents, let your child's teacher know if you do not want them to be filmed.
Fall GO Weekend: The center of gravity of the Church is shifting from West to the Global South and East. Some in the West view this as a cultural death. However, Jesus is the Prince of Life, and the chains of death, even cultural death cannot hold him. Deep thinker Christel Lamère Ngnambi will explore this topic at the fall Global Outreach Conference. Join us for dinner and a presentation on Saturday, November 10 at 6 p.m. in Harris Hall. Christel will continue the discussion with Pastor Matt during services on Sunday, November 11. Don't miss it!
Stone Hill Science: This new group is starting regular monthly meetings with lectures on Saturday, November 3 and Saturday, December 1 from two engineers/scientist-interested in the science-Christianity interface. Dr. J. Nathan Matias, an associate research scholar at Princeton University, will discuss Artificial Intelligence in Christian Thought and Practice on November 3 and Prof. Ian Hutchinson (MIT) will provide a lecture related to his recently published book entitled Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? on December 1. The lectures will be appropriate for scientists, science-interested lay persons, and college students. Join us on Saturday, November 3 for a lecture at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall; light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Please invite your interested friends.