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Psalm 98:1-2 calls us to worship this Sunday. Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. This is a wonderful example from Scripture of how God’s people respond to his salvation. Like Moses and the people of Israel after the Red Sea, the Psalmist sings to God because he has experienced His salvation. But this is not always the way people respond. Some, like the Israelites in Exodus 16, forget the Lord and his presence. The result of such a worldly mindset is no longer praise, but grumbling and disobedience and even the desire to return to Egypt. As a church of Jesus Christ, let’s be Psalm 98:1-2 people, not Exodus 16 people. Let’s be the kind of people who have the Lord and his mighty salvation always before us. By God’s grace, may this commitment be both the ground and the fruit of our gathering together to worship God this coming Lord’s Day.
In the prayer service, we’ll look again at Daniel’s prayer of confession in Daniel 9. The hymn we’ll be learning this month, which we’ll sing to begin the service, is Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (Red 228).
The passage for this Sunday’s sermon shows both the sinful unbelief of man and the compassionate grace of God. In their grumbling and desire to return to Egypt’s labor camps, the Israelites have already forgotten God a month into their pilgrimage to Canaan. Yet God graciously shows his people that he is with them and demonstrates that he will provide for them all that they need. The passage calls us not to forget the Lord’s salvation and to rest upon him every day to be all that we need.
Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1-2
Hymn 227 [Red] O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Congregational Reading: Psalm 81:4-7, 10-13, 16
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 225 [Red] Savior of the Nations, Come
Hymn 224 [Red] Lift Up Your Heads
Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-21 & John 19:1-16a
Hymn 206 [Red] Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted It’s not difficult to find hymns that speak of the bread of God, especially hymns that connect that bread to Jesus Christ as the living bread. This hymn is such an example. In Exodus 16, God sends “bread from heaven” to the Israelites. It’s clear in the text that this is something that God does. Yet Christ Jesus taught us in John 6:51 that He is “the living bread that came down from heaven.” This hymn makes the connection between Exodus 16 and John 6 for us: “Thou, Lord, didst make all for Thy pleasure, didst give man food for all his days, giving in Christ the Bread eternal; Thine is the pow’r, be Thine the praise.”
Sermon: Bread from Heaven from Exodus 16:1-21
Hymn 66 [Blue] Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
Instead of Sunday School, we will observe Communion in the afternoon service.