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The Lord still reigns. This truth remains. He is over all creation. Right now, the angels around his throne bow before him and praise his thrice-holy name. And he can be trusted. This is what David found. In Psa 31:7, he sung, “I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul.” When we have seen God come through for us in unexpected ways when we needed it most, it brings a sweet joy to the saint. Even amidst sorrow, that joy remains. This week, we will gather together again to express that joy in our sovereign God and Savior.
In the prayer service, we will return to Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2. We’ll begin the service singing “Not All the Blood of Beasts” (Gray 220).
I have decided to take a momentary break from Exodus. We will return soon, perhaps even next Lord’s Day. But for this Sunday, I have chosen a simple trio of imperatives from the practical section of Romans. I hope these pungent commands will help us have an even firmer footing to move forward as believers after all that these past week and a half has represented. Though short commands, they have a world of meaning for us. The text for the message is Romans 12:12: Rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; be constant in prayer. May God use his Word in all of us to strengthen us to make our way as a church in a the weary wilderness that is this world.
Call to Worship: Psalm 31:7-8
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
Congregational Reading: Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Hymn 326 [Red] Rejoice—the Lord is King!
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 8 & Romans 1:16-32
Hymn 360 [Red] Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel The brief text for the sermon is loaded with themes from elsewhere in Romans. One of the places those themes are found is Romans 8. So I selected this hymn about “hope,” (remember, we’re to “rejoice in hope” according to Rom 12:12), a paraphrase of selections from Romans 8. This will be a very fitting way to sing together as we “speak” God’s truth to each other in song this Sunday.
Sermon: Rejoice, Endure, and Pray from Romans 12:12
Hymn 325 [Gray] God Moves in a Mysterious Way
In Sunday School, I will be teaching on the struggle or fight of spiritual growth. Read the 13th chapter of Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines in preparation.