Reading: “Master, the Tempest Is Raging”
Reference: Gospel Hymns for Worship, No. 169
Reading: Dangerous complacency
Reference: 1 Thess. 5:1-9
I Thessalonians 5:1: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
I Thessalonians 5:2: For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
I Thessalonians 5:3: For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
I Thessalonians 5:4: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
I Thessalonians 5:5: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
I Thessalonians 5:6: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
I Thessalonians 5:7: For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
I Thessalonians 5:8: But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
I Thessalonians 5:9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Reading: Live in peace
Reference: Rom. 12:14-21
Romans 12:14: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:15: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Romans 12:16: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 12:17: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:20: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Romans 12:21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Reading: False peace promoted
Reference: Jer. 6:13-16
Jeremiah 6:13: For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
Jeremiah 6:14: They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 6:15: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 6:16: Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Reading: Great peace is not offended
Reference: Ps. 119:161-168
Psalms 119:161: Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
Psalms 119:162: I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Psalms 119:163: I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Psalms 119:164: Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Psalms 119:165: Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalms 119:166: Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
Psalms 119:167: My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
Psalms 119:168: I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
Reading: Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
Reference: John 20:11-18
John 20:11: But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
John 20:12: And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
John 20:13: And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
John 20:14: And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
John 20:15: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
John 20:16: Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
John 20:17: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
John 20:18: Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Reading: Christ makes us a new creature
Reference: 2 Cor. 5:14-21
II Corinthians 5:14: For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
II Corinthians 5:15: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
II Corinthians 5:16: Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
II Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
II Corinthians 5:18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
II Corinthians 5:19: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
II Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
II Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Reading: Samaritans see Jesus
Reference: John 4:34-42
John 4:34: Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 4:35: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
John 4:36: And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
John 4:37: And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
John 4:38: I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
John 4:39: And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
John 4:40: So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
John 4:41: And many more believed because of his own word;
John 4:42: And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
Reading: Jesus, the chief Cornerstone
Reference: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
I Peter 2:4: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
I Peter 2:5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
I Peter 2:6: Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
I Peter 2:7: Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
I Peter 2:8: And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
I Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
I Peter 2:10: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Reading: Every eye shall see him
Reference: Rev. 1:4-8
Revelation of John 1:4: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation of John 1:5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation of John 1:6: And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation of John 1:7: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation of John 1:8: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Reading: Jesus’ servants will see His face
Reference: Rev. 22:1-5
Revelation of John 22:1: And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Revelation of John 22:2: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation of John 22:3: And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Revelation of John 22:4: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Revelation of John 22:5: And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.