Friday, November 29, 2013

Political Proverbs

What does worship have to do with politics?

Quite a bit, actually.

This Lord's Day, we will engage in that most political of all Christian activities, gathered worship, and while we're at it, we will gather wisdom from Proverbs about politics.

Ye Servants of God (#44)
Jesus Shall Reign (#51)
Crown Him with Many Crowns (#52)
Joy to the World (#92)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 10:1-10; Psalm 144
New Testament: Luke 23:26-43

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: The King and the Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs 16:10-15; etc.

Friday, November 22, 2013

All the Way Good

What is life in Christ really like? It is as rich as the earth and as glorious as the sun. It is good, all the way down and all the way up.

How do people know that? By our thanksgiving.

Join us this Lord's Day to give thanks to our good and great God. Our sacrifice of praise will be based upon Psalm 105, as everything for which we thank God is participation in his great work of redemption leading toward his eternal kingdom. I encourage you to stir up your hearts for this service by recalling all of God's goodnesses to you.

Psalm 105:1-6--A Call to Praise the Lord
Praise Ye the Lord #42
Psalm 105:7-11--The Lord's Covenant of Promise
Psalm 105:12-15—The Lord’s Faithful Protection
Psalm 23b
Psalm 105:16-24—The Lord’s Mysterious but Good Providence
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah #495
Psalm 105:25-38—The Lord’s Powerful Deliverance
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel #87
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross #137
Psalm 105:39-45—The Lord Keeps His Promise So His People May Dwell in His Presence
Look Ye Saints #163
Psalm 24b

Sermon: Abounding in Thanksgiving - Colossians 2:6-7; 3:15-17; 4:2-6

P.S. Don't forget that we will cap off our day together with a Thanksgiving Feast, enjoying all of Christ's gifts to us!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Words that Give Life

"A gentle tongue is a tree of life" Proverbs 15:4 tells us.

Who among us does not have an inner desire for that paradise that was lost where we walk and talk with God? Thanks to the work of Jesus Christ the Lord, the ultimate Paradise will be ours. Yet even now we hear whispers of that place of peace and joy whenever we encounter a gentle tongue. May our church be a place where the Spirit of God breathes through our gracious speech.

As we gather this Lord's Day, we will seek the wisdom to work out our worship through our tongues.

Psalm 95
We Plough the Fields, and Scatter (#704)
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (#708)
Now Thank We All Our God (#5)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 9:1-23; Psalm 143
New Testament: Luke 23:1-25

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: Life-Giving Words and the Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs 10:11; 15:4, etc.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Giving and Receiving the Knowledge of the Holy One

We want to know God and make him known. Our worship is for that very purpose. Seeing God for who he truly is as he has revealed himself in his Son by the Spirit leads us to respond to him in holy love and joy, and to communicate that joy to the world around us. We are here to make disciples, and our worship directs that work.

But the book of Proverbs won't let us rest content with generic or hypothetical responses to God. It forces our worship out into how we conduct ourselves in the highways and byways of life, making real choices about how we will live and building a real culture of faithfulness. This Lord's Day, we will see how our worship connects to our life in our families.

Family relationships are the center of a life of joy and gladness or a life of sorrow and pain, and they will be either one of those to the degree that they are the site of mutual giving and receiving of the knowledge of the Holy One. Join us in that loving knowledge this Lord's Day!

O Father All-Creating (#727)
Give Ear unto God's Holy Word (#729)
O Lord, Behold Us at Thy Feet (#730)
Lord, How Delightful (#726)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 8:1-26; Psalm 142
New Testament: Luke 22:54-71

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: The Knowledge of the Holy One in Your Home - Proverbs 10:1, etc.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Life with God

Climbing the mountain of the first nine chapters of Proverbs has given us a desire for the good land of life with God. But now we need to map out the territory a bit more clearly if we are to know where we are going in our quest to know God. We will do this, by God's grace, this Lord's Day as we draw together crucial insights into the knowledge of the Holy One which will guide our worship and our work as a church.

Praise Ye Jehovah (4)
Psalm 23a
Psalm 23b
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord (224)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 7:54-89; Psalm 142
New Testament: Luke 22:39-53

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: Faith, Fear, and the Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs 1-9