THE REVELATION OF HEAVENLY GLORY (Revelation 7: 9 – 17)

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Order of Worship:

For Pre-Service Reading: Psalm 16, Page 125 (Front Of Supplement)

Choir Anthem – “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name”

(The Choir will sing V 1-3 with the congregation invited to join the choir on V 4
O, that with yonder sacred yonder throng, we at His feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all.
(Choir: Final Refrain)

Opening Hymn 613 – “Jerusalem The Golden”

The Liturgy: Hymnal, Pages 5 – 9 (AsWritten)

The Scripture Reading (Revelation 5: 9 – 14) And Creed

I believe that God created us to live with him forever. When sin severed our loving relationship with God and destroyed our eternal hope, God in mercy found and effected a plan to restore both. In love He promised and sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to become one of us, to live and then give His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Through His substitionary death on the cross and His Easter resurrection, He has conquered sin, death and Satan. Through faith in that Gospel message, His forgiveness, salvation and victory become ours. As His believing children, we now live in the sure & joyful hope of the resurrection of the body and life everlasting in heaven. We believe that in His Presence there is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore. We eagerly await His return to take us to Himself where we will join the hosts of heaven in praising and glorifying the lamb forevermore. Amen.

Hymn 656 – “Behold, A Host Arrayed In White”

The Sermon ……………………. Revelation 7: 9 – 17

After this I saw a great multitude that no one could count from every nation,tribe and people standing before the throne and in the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and holding palm branches. And they cried out loudly: “Salvation belongs to our God, Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” All the angels and those around the throne fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes – who are they and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know. These are they who have come out of great tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.Therefore, they are before the God’s throne, serving Him day and night in His temple; And He Who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them. Never again will they hunger or thirst; The sun or scorching heat will not beat upon them. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

THE REVELATION OF HEAVENLY GLORY

1. The Reality Of Heaven – God’s Sure Promise
2. The Inhabitants Of Heaven – God, Angels & Redeemed
3. The Activities Of Heaven – Praising God & The Lamb

Hymn: “Behold The Lamb Of God”
Based On Revelation 5: 9-14; 7: 9-17
(Lyrics: Judith Snell ; Melody: St. Thomas (Hymn 27)

Behold the Lamb of God! Who carried all our sin;
He washed us pure in holy blood, And made us pure within.

Behold the Lamb of God! Worthy alone is He
To glory, honor, pow’r and praise From all on land and sea.

Behold the Lamb of God! Surrounded at the throne;
By multitudes of saints forgiv’n Washed in His blood alone.

Behold the Lamb! His throne! Where all our fears are stilled;
Love, joy and light for darkness there; All hope forever filled.

Behold the Lamb Who lives! Who passed through death’s dark door;
Because He lives, I too shall live With joy forevermore.

The Offering, Prayers And Benediction

The Closing Hymn 660 (V 1 & 4) – “I’m But A Stranger Here”
Silent Prayer And Announcements

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.