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This Sunday, all our services will be held at Memorial Park off Hwy 67 in Granite Falls. All service times will remain the same.
In the sermon, we will see the great difference the Lord draws between his people and the Egyptians. While nothing but wrath and judgmen+21t surrounds the wicked, God in his grace richly blesses those who know him. His grace is not based on our merit, but is freely given out of the good purposes of his will. To know Yahweh is to be treated with immeasurable kindness and mercy. The sons of Korah, who wrote Psa 84, knew this well. They express the incomparable joy of worshipping Yahweh: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. These men love acknowledging the glory of their gracious God. They would rather be nothing while worshipping than have this world’s riches and honor and comforts. They continue, For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. They knew the great grace of God first hand. They had seen it and lived in it. They knew in their own lives the kind of grace that God showered upon the Israelites when he delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Then, in the final verse: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! In Exodus 11, we’ll see ourselves that blessing that God gives his people. His unmerited favor to them in saving them from Egypt was intended to teach his people to trust him. But, having known this grace ourselves, let us with joy gather together to worship the God of grace.
In the prayer service, we’ll look at Daniel’s prayer of confession from Daniel 9:3-19.
In Exodus 11, Moses announces to Pharaoh the tenth plague. It is a sobering text that reminds us of the real judgment that will come to all the wicked. At the same time, the passage holds up the grace and favor God gives his people. In revealing both his exact severity against sin and his unmerited kindness to his people, God called the Israelites to trust in him, that he would continue to care for them in this life and bring them true rest and glory in the Messianic kingdom. Likewise, this chapter warns us not to harden ourselves against the true God like Pharaoh, but calls us to believe in Son, and know him as a God of grace and mercy.
Call to Worship: Psalm 84:10-12
Hymn 28 [Blue] Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Congregational Reading: Psalm 84:1-7
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 141 [Blue] Look, Ye Saints! the Sight is Glorious
Hymn 27 [Blue] I Sing the Mighty Power of God One of the benefits we see in Exodus 11 of knowing Yahweh is gracious blessing. That is, he is a God who freely bestows lavish grace on sinful men. God not only delivers by grace, he enriches those whom he delivers by grace. This truth is expressed in this great hymn by Isaac Watts. Consider the second stanza: I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food; he formed the creatures with his word and then pronounced them good. Lord, how thy wonders are displayed wheree’er I turn my eye: if I survey the goround I tread or gaze upon the sky. If we would but open our eyes, we too would confess that God has been extraordinarily kind to us, far above and beyond anything we deserve. What a joy it is to know him!
Scripture Reading: Exodus 18 & John 10:1-21
Hymn 290 [Blue] Be Still, My Soul
Sermon: Yet One More Plague from Exodus 11
Hymn 52 [Blue] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on Numbers & Balaam.