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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

It is vitally important that worshipers understand the role of God’s law among us. God gives his law to us, not so that we can earn his favor by full obedience, for even those converted to God cannot obey this law perfectly. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 44, Question and Answer 114 says, “In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience.” Instead, says Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 2, Question and Answer 3, through this law “we come to know [our] misery.” 
Yet in their new life of gratitude, God’s children “with all seriousness of purpose, do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 44, Question and Answer 114). They measure their good works of gratitude as “those which are done out of true faith, conform to God’s law, and are done for God’s glory” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 91). 
In other words, though Christ has fulfilled the law for us, “The truth and substance of these things remain for us in Jesus Christ…[and] we continue to use the witnesses drawn from the law and prophets to confirm us in the gospel and to regulate our lives with full integrity for the glory of God according to the will of God” (Belgic Confession, Article 25). Therefore, the Ten Commandments with explanation are included in the third section, “gratitude,” (Lord’s Days 34-44) of Heidelberg Catechism.

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Additional Prayers

O God, Beginning and Completion,
in Jesus Christ you confirmed your covenant with us
and sealed every promise in his blood.
Empower us through your Holy Spirit to teach all you have commanded,
tell all you have done, and live as those who are deeply and eternally loved,
for the glory and praise of your name. Amen.

A Prayer for Faithfulness along Generations
Eternal God, you who span the ages, we want to be faithful in our own age.  We want to tell strangers the good news of the gospel, but first we want to tell our daughters.  We want to tell friends the good news of the gospel, but first we want to tell our sons.  If we are people without children, free from family constraints, free to witness wherever we are, we want to tell everyone the good news of the gospel.  But first we want to tell whomever we love, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

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Tune Information

F Major or modal


Musical Suggestion

Greg Scheer’s melody was composed in the very unusual meter of 7/8. At first glance 7/8 might seem to be a very difficult meter, with groups of 2 + 2 + 3 notes in each measure. But the tune just dances, and it stands right in the sixteenth-century melodic tradition: the familiar Genevan tune for Psalm 42 (also sung to the text “Comfort, Comfort, Now My People”) similarly alternates between duple and triple beats (3 + 3 + 2 + 2).
Greg Scheer’s arrangement makes the tune very accessible by using an echo pattern that could be sung or played on an instrument. Try having the choir introduce it, if possible with children on the echo, which would be symbolic and delightful. Sing it in unison through the first eight measures, and then break into harmony. I find the last measure before the repeat sign a bit challenging; it’s great to keep the meter going, but it may be hard for the people to come in confidently on the first beat for each stanza. Instead, at the end of the introduction and between stanzas, experiment with playing one 4/4 bar with two strong half notes (for example, stretching the first 2 beats of measure 8 into 4 beats), then landing solidly on the first downbeat.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 92)
— Emily Brink
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