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The call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day comes from Psa 27:8. This Psalm begins with David’s affirmation of what the Lord was for the Exodus generation of Israel: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? For all those who saw the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire during the years of wilderness wandering, they surely should have been able to say the same thing. They had seen God be their salvation in the deliverance from Egypt. They saw his light each night in the pillar of fire. This same “cloudy fire” became the Shekinah glory of the LORD in the tabernacle. What further delight then, to hear this covenant LORD command his people to worship in v 8: You have said, “Seek my face.” The Lord’s people not only had the gracious covenantal presence of the LORD, but they had gracious command to worship: Seek my face, the LORD says. The spiritual response of a believing heart comes in what follows: “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” So many people hear the call of the LORD to seek him and turn away in unbelief or idolatry. But those who know the grace of God welcome the command to worship. They gladly take up the call, and seek the Lord’s face in worship. What a joy it will be do it together again this Lord’s day, drawing near and seeking the Lord in the name of the light of the world, his Son, Jesus Christ!
In the prayer service, we return to Psalm 119, and will begin by singing “How Blest is He Whose Trespass.”
Call to Worship: Psalm 27:8
Hymn [Insert] God Himself Is with Us
Congregational Reading: Psalm 27:1-6
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 304 [Red] Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Scripture Reading: Exodus 22:16-31 & John 12:36b-50
Hymn 291 [Blue] Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah When we consider the pillars of cloud and fire, there are few hymns more suitable than Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. William Williams’s beautiful words of the second verse are especially poignant: Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing stream doth flow. Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer, be Thou still my strength and shield. We may not be the children of Israel in this church age, but we certainly stand ever in need of God’s grace and presence. How dearly do we need his leading voice! May we ever rest in our strong Deliverer’s gracious aid.
Sermon: The Shining Shepherd of Israel from Exodus 13:17-22
Hymn 354 [Red] If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee
There will be no fellowship meal or Sunday School this Lord’s Day. Instead, beginning around 2:30 PM, we’ll be meeting with the brothers and sisters of Calvary Baptist Church in Sleepy Eye at the Zeb Gray shelter at Alexander Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls.