This Sunday is Riverside Sunday. Barring unsuitable weather, all our services will be held alongside the Minnesota River at Memorial Park southeast of town.
The prayer service will continue considering our prayer to God for forgiveness as taught in the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11.
In the worship service, we’ll be singing everything a Capella, and we’ll handle the congregational reading a bit differently. There will be no worship service bulletins. The sermon this Sunday comes from 1 Corinthians 13:5, Love is not irritable. With these words, God addresses the very first sparks in our soul that begin the flames of anger. What follows is the service order:
Call to Worship: Psalm 135:1
Hymn 17 [Blue] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Congregational Reading: Psalm 135:1-7
Hymn 236 [Blue] Amazing Grace
Hymn 27 [Blue] I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 23:1-14 & 1 John 4:1-12
Hymn 171 [Blue] Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart I chose this hymn to remind us once again of a truth I have mentioned several times while preaching through the way of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This truth is that true Christian love is a divine gift by the grace of Christ and the Holy Spirit. If we are going to be kept from the path of irritability, we need the grace of God to do so by his love in us. The supernatural character and source of genuine love is repeatedly taught in Scripture, and in this hymn, when in the first stanza George Croly writes, “And make me love Thee as I ought to love,” and again in the final stanza, “Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love.” Croly asks for the “baptism of the heav’n descended Dove,” the result of which is “My heart an altar and Thy love the flame.”
Sermon: Love’s Long Fuse from 1 Corinthians 13:5
Hymn 332 [Blue] My Jesus, I Love Thee
Sunday School will follow the fellowship meal. Eric White will be teaching Siloquy 1: Job Chs 26-31.
I look forward to our time together on Sunday.