Scriptures with Songs

Feast of Passover Through Time

dub-colJoyous Feast and a glorious Sabbath, brethren. Today is a double Sabbath as we are celebrating the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread coinciding with the weekly Sabbath. Welcome to our Scripture readings and hymn singing for today’s Feast service. May we call on Mr. _______________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

Opening prayer

Thank you, Mr._________________. Let us open our hymnals on:

Hymn 1: Let Us Keep the Feast, page 203

 Hymn 2: Joyful at the Feast p.225

Hymn 3:  O Day of Rest and Gladness, p.159


In 1 Corinthians 5: 7, it says: “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ, our Passover is sacrificed for us.”

During this period, we are asked to examine ourselves, that we may be found worthy in the presence of God. How do we do this?

One aspect that we should learn is to understand the mind of God through an element that He created for man-TIME. The Almighty God, who created the vast and limitless universe also created certain times and seasons so that man will rejoice and worship Him. He has given us 365 days a year, composing of 52 Sabbaths a year.

He desires intimate relationship with His people that is why He set apart a day in a week where we can come to Him. God knows the tendency of man to forget so He codified the Sabbath in His Law (Exodus 20:8-11). The word He used is “Remember”, which means “to keep in your mind,” to not forget”; “bring to mind or think of again”.

In addition to the weekly Sabbaths, He has given man seven (7) Feast days on which we can come to know His overall plan of salvation –the Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day.

Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread have a very significant meaning to God’s people.

In today’s Scriptural Readings, we will study how the people of God were enjoined to celebrate this Feast in the right way.

The first set of Bible readers will read verses that will give us a glimpse of the First Passover, a memorial event that was instituted by God to be observed by God’s chosen people.

Bible Reader 1:

Exodus 12:1-28

Bible Reader 2:

Leviticus 23:1-8;

Numbers 9:2-14

Deuteronomy 16:16-17

Facilitator: Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we offer our praises through the following hymns:

Hymn 4:  Great God Who Made the Universe, p.13

Hymn 5:  How Great Thou Art,  p.10


Five (5) Steps to Passover

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Joyous Sabbath, brethren. Welcome to our Scripture readings and hymn singing for today’s Sabbath service. May we call on Mr. _______________________ to lead in the opening prayer.

Opening prayer

Thank you, Mr._________________. Let us open our hymnals on:

Hymn 1: Be Thou Our Vision, p.46
Hymn 2: How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings p.20
Hymn 3:  O Lord, The Refuge of Each Generation, p.44

Introduction: Steps to Passover

We have less than a month (just two Sabbaths) to prepare for the coming Passover. Before you know it, we have once again entered into a new cycle of God’s Holy Days. And the coming Feast of Passover is given by God to be a springboard as we rehearse God’s plan of Salvation for mankind.

Are you consciously preparing brethren? Are you really ready for it? If we’re not mindful, we’ll just take it for granted like so many other things, as routine, without even considering the meaning of it all. But it’s one of the most defining occasions of our lives and calling.

Just like ancient Israel, preparation is one of those critical stages if one is to truly observe the Feast of Passover with our heart, mind and total being.   

God required us to keep the Passover because it forces us to consider the terrible consequences of “hardness of heart” and sin represented by the Pharaoh in Egypt and how that miraculous event led to the freeing of Israelites from from that "house of bondage". It should lead us to think deeply about what these events symbolize.

In the New Testament, Jesus' sacrifice is the pivotal event in God's plan to save not only Israel but the whole humanity from the certainty of spiritual tragedy. This is that central message of the Passover: God’s supreme act of love and deliverance to save mankind from utter destruction.  This defining event laid the foundation for the remaining annual Holy Days and Festivals.

It is the most momentous step in God's plan that we themed our readings today as the “Five Steps to Passover”…

Many Christians have been taught that the Passover is nothing but an outdated observance--an obsolete “Jewish” custom. But Jesus instituted the New Testament Passover and taught His followers to commemorate the same for an important lesson. Hence, they are not merely empty rituals but full of typologies. Only those who are initiated to these observances can appreciate their rich and meaningful spiritual intents and applications.

Having said this, let us now understand the first important step of the “spring cleaning” ritual to set the stage for our Passover/DUB celebrations.

1st Step: Spring Cleaning our Homes

For ancient Israel, preparation for Passover usually began a full month before the Passover arrived. Spring cleaning was one of those activities that were readily apparent. This not only showed how serious and eager every family and homes on this period but also their willingness to submit to the leading of God (His will) as they removed “chametz” in every crevices and corner of their homes. This was a deliberate action so they can appear before God guiltless, pure and clean. In all spiritual intent and purposes this we must also do as we reflect and check with ourselves through “spiritual mirrors” [God’s word] and remove every blemish, dirt and spot.

Our first set of Bible readers will read verses that will show how cleaning can be an important reminder as we approach the Passover feast:

Bible Reader 1: God Seeks those who are Clean and Undefiled

Psalm 24:1-6
Psalm 111:1-10
Psalm 119:1-22
Isaiah 1:16-20
Exodus 14:13-16,21-22,27-31
2 Chronicles 30:15-21

Bible Reader 2: Jesus Christ’s Cleansing Works –
John 13:1-11
2 Corinthians 7:1-3
Ephesians 5:1-5,25-27
2 Timothy 2:20-22
James 4:7-8
I John 1:5-9

Facilitator: Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we offer our praises through the following hymns:

Hymn 4:  If We Love The Word of God, p.182
Hymn 5:  Remember Us, O Eternal,  p.58

Facilitator: Please be seated brethren.

2nd Step: Selection of Lamb and Choosing the Place for Sacrifice

Another important aspect of the preparation for Passover, our “second step” is the selection of the lamb for the sacrifice. Anciently, these instructions were very explicit in the Bible. The lamb was to be a male of the first year (first born) without blemish or spot, sacrificed according to God's specific instructions. Obedience to the instructions of the Lord regarding the sacrificial blood of the Passover lamb brought deliverance to those within the house, from the wages of sin and death (Exodus 12). This symbolizes our need for perfection that must only come through the blood of Jesus Christ as He cleanses and redeems us (by His blood) from all imperfections marred by our sins and offenses.  

Bible Reader 3—the Passover Call for Sacrifice unto Perfection
Exodus 12: 1-8
Deuteronomy 16:1-6
Exodus 34:5-9

Bible Reader 4—Jesus Christ’s Perfect Sacrifice

John 1:29-41
1 Peter 1: 13-17
Hebrews 9: 23-28

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 6:  O God, Our Help In Ages Past, p169
Hymn 7:  Let Us Sing to God, p.16

Facilitator: Thank you brethren, please be seated.


The Justice and Righteous Judgment of God


Opening prayer

Opening Hymns

Hymn 1: page 2.11 Brethren, We have met to Worship

Hymn 2: page 142 Mount Zion Stands Most Beautiful

Hymn 3: page 26 Hallelujah! Praise God!

A. What is Justice?

The word justice is often heard nowadays. Most people are demanding or seeking some form of justice. With the recent events that unravel the summary deaths of law enforcers in pursuit of justice, people are asking, “where do we find justice?”

Because of rampant abuses and injustice, other meanings and connotations have been attached to it, such us “Justice delayed, is justice denied”, “justice is only for the rich”, “there is no peace without justice” etc.  Indeed, justice can be very illusive in our times, but that does not mean that it cannot be attained. The book of Proverbs described a paradoxical condition that is seldom seen today when it said, “the righteous care about justice for the poor [oppressed], but the wicked have no such concern.” (Proverbs 29:7). It also reminded us that it should always be pursued, “it is a joy for the just to do justice. But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity [evil].” (Proverbs 21:15)

What does the Bible really mean when it speaks of justice? Does God care about the many injustices and inequalities we see around?

The Bible tells us that God is just. This means that He is fair and impartial. It also means that He abhors lies and deceit, the abuse, cruelty and oppression of people and of nature, which He has created. Thus, biblical justice entails making individuals, families, and communities whole by upholding both goodness (right and true) and impartiality (fairness). Justice can be placed at the center of one’s true faith. It is one of God’s attributes that directly flows out of His holiness. For this reason, it is what motivates God throughout the Old and New Testaments in his judgments on sin and injustice. These judgments are applied to both an individual and a community or nation.

Our first set of Bible readers will show us how justice originated from God and how God dispenses righteous justice and judgments:

Bible Reader 1: God is the Judge of All

Genesis 18:23-25;

Judges 11:27

Psalm 82:1-8

Isaiah 51:4-5; Isaiah 61:8-9

Bible Reader 2: --God’s Justice reflect His Perfect Will and Righteousness

Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Job 34:10-12

Psalm 50:1-6

Zephaniah 3:5;

Romans 2:1-2;

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we sing praises through the following hymns:

Hymn 4:  page 63 O How I Love Thy Law!

Hymn 5:  page 66 I’ll Sing of Mercy and Justice

B. God’s Establishes Justice

The moral righteousness of God is revealed in his laws and commandments and its practical applications are recorded in the statutes and judgments for the appreciation of mankind. God’s commandments and judgments meet perfect standards of justice, and his apportioning of punishments and rewards is also perfectly just. All these standards emanates from the Creator of the perfect balance of justice. The Bible reveals how these are so…

Bible Reader 3— God’s justice is exercised fairly and equitably

Deuteronomy 25:13-16

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Psalm 9:7-10

Amos 8:4-6

Bible Reader 4— He upholds the cause of the oppressed and vindicates those who have been wronged:

Deuteronomy 10:17-18

Psalm 103:6; Ps 135:14; Ps 140:12; Ps 146:7-9;

Isaiah 61:8;

Romans 12:9-19

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 6:  page 56 Rise and Judge, Eternal One!

Hymn 7:  page 124 In Days of Old

Thank you brethren, please be seated.

C. Justice in the Old Testament

The Hebrew word for “justice,” mishpat, occurs in its various forms more than 200 times in the Old Testament. Its most basic meaning is to treat people fairly and equitably. It means acquitting or punishing every person on the merits of the case, regardless of race or social status. Anyone who does the same wrong should be given the same penalty. But mishpat means more than just the punishment of wrongdoing. It also means giving people their rights. Another understanding may also be gleaned when we consider a second Hebrew word that can be translated as “being just,” though it usually translated as “being righteous”. The word is tzadeqah, and it refers to a life of just and right relationships. Our next Bible verses will show us how these can be done…


God and His Holiness

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Prelude Ensemble

Opening Prayer

 Opening Hymns  1. In Your Image, p.162

 2. Oh, Day of Rest and Gladness, p.159

 3. Safely Trough Another Week, p.174

Introduction: In today’s Songs and Scripture readings, we will read and study one of the very nature of our Sovereign God—that our God is a Holy God. God mandated all His people to be holy just as he is holy.

Our key verses are in 1 Peter 1:16 and Psalm 99:9. God doesn’t tell us that we can make ourselves holy, “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet 1:15-16) and God through Moses tells the children of Israel that they must be “’Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy” (Lev 19:2). In Psalm 99:9 king David exhorted, “Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.”

Everything concerning God is Holy. In the book of Psalms, King David wrote regarding a “holy place”. Prophets Ezekiel, Obadiah, and Habakkuk spoke of “holy mountain”, “holy throne.”

The English derivative word of “holy” comes from the old English "halig”, “hal”, it means “whole” (or complete) hence, to “perfect” is to complete. The Hebrew equivalent is “qodesh” and it means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness”.

In the New Testament, the word for holy is the Greek “hagios” and it means “set apart, reverend, sacred, and worthy of veneration.”  While this word applies primarily to God because God Himself is totally “other”, separate, sacred, reverend, and set apart from every created thing, His call is for His people to be like Him. 

A.  God Declared or Created What is Holy.

Our Sovereign God created and declared the seventh (7th) day as holy. Even at the very beginning, God ordained, set apart a day, sanctified it and made it holy. This seems very important enough because the first thing God declared to be holy was not an object or thing or place, it is time—a holy time. This is called the Sabbath. Thus, even as God created time and seasons, for days and years as signs, He then set apart special days called Sabbath, Feast days, or holy convocation and assemblies. Let’s hear it from our first set of readers…

Reader 1: Genesis 2:1-3Lev 23:1-8
                  Deut 10:21-22

Reader 2:  Exodus 31:13:17. Neh 8:9-17
                  Neh 10:33
Hymns 1. On The Sabbath Day, p. 2.3

             2. Joyful At the Feast p.225

B. How Can We Be Physically Holy Before God? 

God in His Sovereign Will did not let his people grope in the dark or decide for ourselves what is holy or not holy. He declared or set apart certain food we can eat. God wanted us to eat healthy and good food, including clean animals. Why? Because our body is the temple of God’s  Holy Spirit. We must keep our body clean, holy and undefiled. As these laws on holiness teach us to be physically clean, so our mind must also be clean. Our Heavenly Father wants all of us to be like Him—holy and clean. Just as every parent wants what is best for his children, so God is no exception. We cannot remain holy or clean if we eat things that are unclean.  This should be a lesson for all of us. Our next set of readers will read these verses from…

Reader 3:  Lev. 11:44-47  Lev. 20:7-8
                   Deut  7:6-8.  Deut  14:2-21

Reader 4:  1Cor  3:16-17; 1 Cor.  6:19-20
                   2Cor 7:1;  1 Thes.  4:4; 1 Thes. 5:23

Hymns 3. Praise the Eternal with a Psalm p. 2

             4. On Our Way to the House of the Lord, p.221


God's Everlasting Mercy

mercyJoyous Sabbath, brethren. Welcome to our Worship Hymn Singing and Scripture Readings for today’s Sabbath service. May we call on Mr. _______________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

Opening prayer

HYMN 1: O Give Thanks and Praise the Eternal! p.15

HYMN 2: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, p. 15

HYMN 3: O That Men Would Praise Their God! p. 2.28

What is Mercy?

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” These are the reassuring words Jesus Christ spoke in his fifth beatitude (Matthew 5), which will be our theme in our Scriptural meditation and readings.  God’s mercy is one of the monumental subjects in Scriptures, the word “mercy” appeared 341 times in the whole Bible.

The Greek words that Jesus used for “merciful” and “mercy” in this verse come from the root words Eleemon and Eleos. Both words have the idea of “a person who is emotionally moved by another’s suffering and in some way shares in that person’s suffering.” Four Hebrew and three Greek words associated with this term appear a total of 454 times and are also translated as "kindness," "lovingkindness," "goodness," "favor," "compassion," and "pity."

Although the word can be defined in our dictionaries, it is rarely understood or practiced. What does “mercy” mean? Most people only use this word with the word “no” in front of it. "No mercy!" Go for the kill, show no mercy, dog eat dog, etc.

How do we apply mercy or how can we receive mercy? Just how important is the attitude of mercy to the believer’s heart and mind in knowing God? Jesus Christ set the example of mercifulness in his sermon of the Mount. We only need to understand and develop this virtue and character in us to be deserving of the mercies of God.

From the beginning, the Bible is quite clear as to our source of mercy. Why do we need to be merciful? Because we are recipients of God’s mercy and our God is full of mercy. 

Our first set of Bible readers will show us that mercy was already at work as God dispensed mercies toward his people:

BIBLE READER 1: Mercy as part of God’s character and Being as shown to Lot, Abraham, Joseph and Moses—

Genesis 19:1-2, 16-19;

Genesis 24:1-3,12-14, 22-27;

Genesis 39:21-23;

Exodus 15:1-13

BIBLE READER 2: God’s prerogative to grant mercy to whom He chooses--

Exodus 20:1-6

Exodus 34:1-7

Numbers 14:14-24

Deuteronomy 7:1-12

FACILITATOR: Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we sing praises through the following hymns:

HYMN 4:  His Mercy Never Fails p.2.36

HYMN 5:  In Thy Lovingkindness , Lord p.2.43

  1. A.Our Response to God’s Mercy

FACILITATOR : Please be seated brethren. The Hebrew word for mercy is chesed. Bible notes or commentaries on Chesed state:

It does not mean only to sympathize with a person in the popular sense of the term; it does not mean simply to feel sorry for some in trouble. Chesed, or mercy, means the ability to get right inside the other person's skin until we can see things with his eyes, think things with his mind, and feel things with his feelings.

Clearly this is much more than an emotional wave of pity; clearly this demands a quite deliberate effort of the mind and of the will. It denotes a sympathy which is not given, as it were, from outside, but which comes from a deliberate identification with the other person, until we see things as he sees them, and feel things as he feels them. This is sympathy in the literal sense of the word. Sympathy is derived from two Greek words, syn which means together with, and paschein which means to experience or to suffer. Sympathy means experiencing things together with the other person, literally going through what he is going through. (William Barclay's Daily Study Bible p. 103)

To understand mercy then requires our response whenever we are prompted with deep compassion and conviction to help and the resulting thankfulness whenever we are extended the same acts of mercy.   The following set of readers will show us the Biblical responses for mercy’s sake.   

BIBLE READER 3—Thankgiving, Song of Praise, Praise, Obedience, Worship

1 Chron. 16:24-34

2 Chron. 5: 11-13

2 Chron. 20:19-21

Nehemiah 1:1-6,10-11

Psalm 5:4-7

BIBLE READER 4—Rejoice, Work of Mercy, Walk in Mercy

Psalm 13:5-6: Psalm 31:7

2 Corinthians 4:1-2

Galatians 6:15-17

1 Timothy 1:16-17

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

HYMN 6:  Deeper Than The Sea, p.2.50

HYMN 7:  I’ll Sing Mercy and Justice, p.66

FACILITATOR : Thank you brethren, please be seated.


Magnify, Glorify!

cloud-gloryFACILITATOR: Joyous Sabbath brethren. Welcome to our Worship Hymn Singing and Scripture Reading for today’s Sabbath service. May we call on Mr. _______________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

Opening prayer…

Thank you, Mr._________________. Let us open our hymnals on:

HYMN 1: Magnify, Glorify, p.1

HYMN 2: Halleluiah! Praise God! p.26

HYMN 3: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken, p.122

A.The Glory of God-What is it?

In Today’s Scriptural Reading theme, we will be focusing our meditation and readings on one of the most often heard and discussed subjects in the Bible, yet I suspect only quite a few really understand or grasp what it means. We all talked about it, some people pretended and acted like they have it, yet still the question is: What does it mean when the Bible speaks about God’s glory? Can a person give glory to God if he/she does not know nor understand the meaning and purpose of it?  

As Christian believers, to know and glorify God is to have the understanding of His holiness, all His attributes, His divine and supreme majesty, His perfection and beauty. We are to continually seek and know Him to the fullest of what He has revealed to us and all His will in our lives.   

We can only glorify God if we know God intimately and so we can make His glorification known to others. The chief end of man and the purpose of his creation is to glorify God in all things and to declare His glory in full thanksgiving and praises in both life and works.  Many Christians believe the purpose of why God gives us life is to share God’s goodness with others and to help those who are lost and needing salvation. While this is true, it is only secondary to the supreme purpose of our life which is to glorify God in everything and make His glory known to everyone.

Our first set of Bible readers will read to us foundational Bible verses showing us that the glory of God represents all the wonders of His creation which is the attribute of His character and being:

BIBLE READER 1: Glory as an attribute of God’s character and His being

Psalm 24: 1-10

Psalm 29: 1-11

John 11:32-40

Acts 7:1-3

BIBLE READER 2: Glory of God as manifested in all His works

Psalm 8: 1-9

Psalm 19: 1-6

Isaiah 43:1-7

Exodus 16:10-15;

Deuteronomy 5:23-24

FACILITATOR: Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we sing praises through the following hymns:

HYMN 4:  The Heavens God’s Glory Do Declare, p.12

HYMN 5:  Arise, Shine p. 141

B.God’s Glory as manifested in the Clouds and that resides in the Tabernacle and Temple of God

FACILITATOR : Please be seated brethren. The biblical word “glory” comes from two Hebrew words: “hod”( or hode) which means grandeur (that is, an imposing form and appearance): - beauty, comeliness, excellence, glorious, glory, goodly, honor, majesty.  Another Hebrew word is “kabod” from H3513; which means weight or heaviness; figuratively in a good sense, splendor or grandeur; hence glorious or greatness, honor and majesty. Both words denote the heaviness of God’s presence.  In the Bible, these presence of God can be manifested in the cloud or fire or even as it appears in God’s own tabernacle or Temple. The following set of readers will show us these verses.  

BIBLE READER 3—the Glory of God as it appears in the Clouds

Exodus 24:13-18

2 Samuel 22: 8-22

Ezekiel 1:25-28

Isaiah 4:4-6

BIBLE READER 4—the Glory of God Dwelling in the Tabernacle and Temple

Exodus 29: 42-46

Exodus 40:32-38

Number 14:10-21

Numbers 16:42

1 Kings 8:10-17

2 Chronicles 5: 12-14

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:


See the Glory of God through Music

Pente-2014Good Sabbath afternoon brethren. Please all rise as we call on Mr.___________________ to lead us in the opening prayer.

Thank you Mr.__________________. Let us open our hymnals and turn to:

HYMN 1:_p6 Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

HYMN 2:_p222 The Song We Sing

HYMN 3:_page 214 Make Music to the Lord

Thank you brethren. Please be seated.

In II Chronicles 5:13, 14, it says:

"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the instruments of music, ... that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."   

The above verses describe the time of King Solomon when he brought the ark into the temple. The priests coming out of the Most Holy place, the Levites, the singers were in unity in praising and thanking God that they sounded as one, saying “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever”.  They lifted up their voices, sang songs, played their instruments.  God was so pleased that the house of God became filled with His glory and the priests could not continue ministering. 

What a wonderful sight to see and to experience.  Could we, a small flock, a fellowship ever come to this point of seeing the glory of God? Could we, given with skills and abilities to play instruments and sing songs be able to stand in the presence of God, sounding as one, singing as one, in harmony? This song service is all about how the people of God used music to the praise and glory of God.

What kind of musical instruments did God provide for us? How did David and others use music?

Reader 1 will read about various musical instruments used in the Scriptures

Job 21:12

Psalms 98:4-6

Psalms 144:9

 Psalms 150:3

Psalms 150:4

Reader 2 will read on how King David “the man after God’s own heart” used music in worship and in praising God

1 Chronicles 6:31-47

1 Chronicles 9:33

1 Chronicles 15:16

1 Chronicles 15:19-21

Reader no. 3 will continue to read on how David used music in the service of God

1 Chronicles 16:42

1 Chronicles 25:1-6

Nehemiah 12:27

Thank you readers. Notice that David had appointed musicians and singers in the service of God.  They were engaged day and night.  They did not just play or sing, they had to be trained until they reached that time that they were singing as one.   The gift of music comes from God but we need to do something to that gift. We can’t let it sit idle. We can’t say it’s enough that we know how to play or sing.  We need to be trained and be skillful.

Please rise brethren as we sing hymn of praise…


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