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In the text for this Lord’s Day’s sermon, the account of the Lord’s provision of water at Meribah, we see the people of Israel reach a new low in their relationship with Yahweh. They put the Lord to the test. And yet the Lord still graciously provides for his people, and he does so out of the rock. “The rock” is an important biblical metaphor for the Lord. For this reason, it’s fitting that Psalm 95, a Psalm that recounts Israel’s sin at Meribah, begins in v 1: Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! As the Lord so vividly showed in Rephidim, our God is the rock of our salvation. In the midst of the troubles and trials of life, he is fountain of sweet and refreshing grace. The question for us is, will we sing to him the song of joyful faith, or will we put him to the test?
In the prayer service, we’ll return to the great prayers of Scripture. We’ll begin our day singing the hymn we’ll be learning during the month of January, “Jerusalem, My Happy Home.”
The sermon this Sunday considers the sin of testing God. In the text, we see once again, perhaps just a month after the provision of manna, Israel’s refusal to believe in their God. The crisis at Rephidim is a poignant portrait (via negation) of what genuine faith looks like. It’s also a beautiful portrait of the longsuffering grace of God who did provide water for his people in the wilderness.
Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-3
Hymn 251 [Red] As with Gladness Men of Old
Congregational Reading: Psalm 95:6-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn [Infant Holy, Infant Lowly] Ministry of Music
Scripture Reading: Exodus 30:1-16 & John 19:28-42
Hymn 234 [Red] God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Sermon: Testing from Exodus 17:1-7
Hymn 250 [Red] What Child is This? I love the Cantus Christi setting of this beloved carol. The words excel over the versions printed in many other hymnals that simply repeat the refrain at the end of the first stanza (“This, This is Christ the King…”). The stanzas provided in this version of the carol speak to the truths we gather to remember in the Lord’s Supper. This is especially true in the ending lines of the second stanza: Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the Babe, the Son of Mary!
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 240 [Red] Joy to the World!
In Sunday School, Eric White will be introducing our new Sunday School series on the book of Revelation.