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This Lord’s Day, we break the bread of the Lord’s Table together in the afternoon service, following the fellowship meal.
The world is full of trial and difficulty. As we have seen in the exposition of Exodus, the Israelites certainly experienced this. Yet there is a constant for the righteous man, for the one who takes refuge in Yahweh. This constant is captured in Psalm 64:10, the Scripture call to worship for our services this coming Lord’s Day: Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult! The one who trusts in the Lord rejoices. No matter how hard the trial, there is one constant for the believer—he has joy in the Lord. His eyes are on his Lord, and that is the ground of his steadfast joy. David knew this himself; he wrote these words when afflicted by very wicked and blasphemous men (for example, see 64:2, 5). Yet there is joy. As we gather to worship this Lord’s Day, I hope you will lift up your eyes to the realities of a God who loves us and has redeemed us at the price of his own Son.
For the prayer service, we will look at Elijah’s prayer for fire in 1 Kings 18:36-37. This Sunday we will begin learning the hymn, “Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated.”
The sermon text for this Sunday’s message will be Exodus 5:22-6:9 for one final time. The focus for this morning will be the last four verses of this great passage. These verses include the Lord’s glorious seven “I will” statements to Israel, reassuring him of his faithfulness to his covenant with Abraham. The statements are impressive in their determination and power, and it proves the firmness of the Lord’s purposes. No one can say no to the Lord. Even more startling is the response of Israel—they refuse to listen to Moses or the Lord. This passage urges us to believe God’s Word and glorify him for his saving grace, which is done only when we heed his word.
Call to Worship: Psalm 64:10
Hymn 28 [Blue] Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Congregational Reading: Psalm 64:1-9
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 358 [Red] Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Hymn 324 [Red] Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:1-20 & John 6:1-21
Hymn 334 [Red] Whate’er My God Ordains is Right This hymn speaks the kind of situation Israel found itself in at the end of chapter 5, a situation that led to the Lord’s wonderful message in Exod 6. The truths of this hymn by Samuel Rodigast are simply splendid. It reminds us to trust the Lord at all times. Consider the third stanza: Whate’er my God ordains is right: though now this cup, in drinking, may bitter seem to my faint heart, I take it, all unshrinking. My God is true; each morn anew sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart, and pain and sorrow shall depart. When you know and love the kind of truth about God that we find in Exodus 6, this hymn and its robust faith can speak for your own faith in God’s goodness amidst trials.
Sermon: Now You Shall See, Part 3 from Exodus 5:22-6:9
Hymn 51 [Blue] Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him
As I said when I began, we will have a Communion service during the Sunday School hour.