Devotion in Worship

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

That we may sanctify and hallow the Sabbath by attentive hearing, beware of these two things: distraction and drowsiness.

It is said of Bernard that when he came to the church door, he would say, “Stay here all my earthly thoughts.” Distraction hinders devotion. How often in hearing the word, the thoughts dance up and down, and when the eye is on the minister, the mind is upon other things. It is very sinful to give way to vain thoughts at this time because when we hear the word, we are in God’s special presence. To do any treasonable action in the king’s presence is great impudence.

To have the heart distracted while hearing the word preached is a disrespect to God’s omniscience. God is an all-seeing Spirit, and thoughts speak louder in his ears than words do in ours. To be unconscious of wandering thoughts is an affront to God’s omniscience as if he knew not our heart or did not hear the language of our thoughts.

To give way to wandering thoughts is hypocrisy. We pretend to hear what God says while our minds are quite upon another thing. “This people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their hearts far from me” (Isa. 29:13).

Vain thoughts offend God. If the king were speaking to one of his subjects and he should not give heed to what the king said but be thinking on another matter or playing with a feather, would not the king be provoked? Likewise, vain thoughts show a great defect in our love for God. If we loved him, we would listen to his words as oracles and write them upon the table of our heart.

Take heed of drowsiness while the minister preaches. Drowsiness shows much irreverence. How lively are many when they are concerned with the affairs of the world, but in the worship of God, how drowsy, as if the devil had given them opium to make them sleep! A drowsy feeling here is very sinful. Are you not in prayer asking pardon for sin? Will the prisoner fall asleep when he is begging for pardon? Is not the bread of life broken to you in the preaching of the word, and will a man fall asleep over his food? While you slept, perhaps the truth was delivered, which might have converted your souls.

Sleeping is very offensive in a holy assembly. It not only grieves the Spirit of God but makes the hearts of the righteous sad. It troubles them to see anyone show such contempt of God and his worship, to see them busy in the shop but drowsy in the temple. Therefore, just as Christ said to the disciples, “Could you not watch one hour,” he says also to you, “Can you not stay awake one hour?”

Each Sabbath may be the last we shall ever keep, for we may go from the place of hearing to the place of judging. Should we not, then, give reverent attention to the word? You must give an account for every sermon you hear. “Give an account of your stewardship,” the rich man said to his steward (Luke 16:2). So, God will say, “Give an account of what you have heard.” How can we give a good account if we have been distracted and have not taken notice of what has been preached to us? The judge to whom we must give an account is God.

Let all this make us shake off distraction and drowsiness during the sermon and have our ears chained to the word of God. – Thomas Watson

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, January 17, 2021

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

Church closed, service available on SermonAudio only. (SermonAudio link)

5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – on Zoom

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

Church closed, service available on SermonAudio only. (SermonAudio link)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, January 18th

4:00 p.m. WCS School Board Meeting on Zoom

Wednesday, January 20th

7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer Dr. Saunders – on Zoom

Advanced Announcements

Sunday, January 24th

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Saunders – available on SermonAudio only.

5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – on Zoom

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Saunders available on SermonAudio only.

Monday, January 25 – Wednesday, January 27th

7:30 p.m. Evenings of Bible Study and Prayer  on Zoom

Thursday, January 28th

7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study Mrs. Jill Saunders  on Zoom

Sunday, January 31st

4:50 p.m. Session and Board Prayer – on zoom

FPCNA Prayer Bulletin - January/February 2021

The January/February 2021 edition of the FPCNA Prayer bulletin is now available; click here to view.

TFPC 2021 Directory

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The Shorter Catechism

Q37. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?

A. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness1, and do immediately pass into glory2; and their bodies, being still united to Christ3, do rest in their graves4, till the resurrection5.

1. And to the spirits of just men made perfect. (Hebrews 12:23).
2. Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ. (Philippians 1:23).
3. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1Thessalonians 4:14).
4. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. (Isaiah 57:2).
5. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: (Job 19:26).

The Children's Catechism - Doctrine

Q37. What is the Lord’s Supper?

A. It is the eating of bread, and the drinking of wine, in remembrance of Christ.

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