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This week, as we gather to worship our Creator and Redeemer, we obey the call of Psalm 46:8: “Come, behold the works of the Lord.” As the passage goes on to explain, this is the God who is sovereign over all the raging and wars of humankind. He upends all this conflict. To this end, we in our animosity and strife are to lay down our hostilities and submit to the God of the Ages with quiet worship. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” This is the God who is with his people, protecting them and guarding them. We see this, not only in the story of the Exodus, but, as this Lord’s Day is the first Sunday of Advent (or Christmas Season), in the coming of the long promised Messiah. So let us behold the God who acts for his people and worship him with adoration and reverence.
During the prayer service, we’ll look at a verse from Psalm 119. We’ll begin our day together praising the Lord with the hymn we’ve been learning this month, “How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine” (Red 306).
The message this morning continues to look at the faithfulness of God during the centuries the people of Israel spent in Egypt. The text for this Sunday considers how God remained faithful to his people amidst even more heinous acts of Pharaoh, this time in his attempts to wipe out entirely the Jewish race. Last week we saw God remain faithful to his covenant amidst silent centuries and ruthless slavery. Once again, despite Pharaoh’s sinister ambitions, we’ll see God remain faithful to his people, once again overturning the ends of Pharaoh’s designs. I trust that, as you see the faithfulness of God in such acts you will be all the more encouraged to trust him yourself during hardship and difficulty.
Call to Worship: Psalm 46:8-11
Hymn 219 [Red] Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Congregational Reading: Psalm 46:1-7
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 363 [Red] Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
Hymn 154 [Red] O Come with Thanks, God’s Goodness Praising
Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:1-14 & Ephesians 5:22-33
Hymn 355 [Red] In God, My Faithful God The LORD God is always faithful to his word. This is the message of Exodus 1. During the 400 years in Egypt, during oppression and slavery, God never forgot his people. And in his own quiet providence, he ordered the events of Israel so that his promises to their fathers would be fulfilled. Even when Pharaoh attempted to destroy the people of Israel through brutal genocide, God proved faithful to his people. This great hymn by Sigismund Weingartner (translated by Catherine Winkworth) captures these ideas very well. The first stanza is a great example: In God, my faithful God, I trust when dark my road; though many woes o’ertake me, yet He will not forsake me. His love it is doth send them and, when ‘tis best, will end them. As Weingartner makes plain, the trials themselves are proof of God’s faithfulness. So may our faith remain always strong in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that he will deliver us from every trial into his glorious kingdom (2 Cor 1:10-11).
Sermon: And These are the Names, Part 3 from Exodus 1
Hymn [Insert] God Moves in a Mysterious Way
In Sunday School, I will hold a Quodlibet. Please remember to text or email me your questions (though I will also be taking questions from the floor).