Bulletin 09.11.22

The LORD is merciful and compassionate, Slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

Reflections Before the Service

  • Their heroic efforts at spiritual discipline manifested a deep respect for the example Jesus set.
    They withdrew into the desert to honor the God “incarnated in Christ.” The incarnation, in their
    minds, was not intended to spare them from suffering but to inspire them to choose suffering
    because through the incarnation suffering had become redemptive.

    • Gerald L. Sittser, Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality
      from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries (2007; writing about
      Christians from the 4 th and 5 th centuries who retreated into the
      desert)
  • The most wise, righteous, and gracious God often leaves, for a season, His own children to
    manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to correct them for their former
    sins, or to uncover in them the hidden strength of evil and deceitfulness in their hearts. He does
    this so that they may be humbled and to raise them to a closer and more consistent
    dependence on Himself, to make them more aware of all future dangers of sin, and for various
    other just and holy purposes.

    • The Westminster Confession of Faith; (5:5; 1647; modernized language

The Call to Worship

  • Psalm 145.4-10
    Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts;
    Let them proclaim Your power.
    I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor
    And Your wonderful miracles.
    Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
    I will proclaim Your greatness.
    Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness;
    They will sing with joy about Your righteousness.
    The LORD is merciful and compassionate,
    Slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
    The LORD is good to everyone.
    He showers compassion on all His creation.
    All of Your works will thank You, LORD,
    And Your faithful followers will praise You.

  • Their heroic efforts at spiritual discipline manifested a deep respect for the example Jesus set.
    They withdrew into the desert to honor the God “incarnated in Christ.” The incarnation, in their
    minds, was not intended to spare them from suffering but to inspire them to choose suffering
    because through the incarnation suffering had become redemptive.

    • Gerald L. Sittser, Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality
      from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries (2007; writing about
      Christians from the 4 th and 5 th centuries who retreated into the
      desert)
  • The most wise, righteous, and gracious God often leaves, for a season, His own children to
    manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to correct them for their former
    sins, or to uncover in them the hidden strength of evil and deceitfulness in their hearts. He does
    this so that they may be humbled and to raise them to a closer and more consistent
    dependence on Himself, to make them more aware of all future dangers of sin, and for various
    other just and holy purposes.

    • The Westminster Confession of Faith; (5:5; 1647; modernized language
  • Psalm 145.4-10
    Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts;
    Let them proclaim Your power.
    I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor
    And Your wonderful miracles.
    Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
    I will proclaim Your greatness.
    Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness;
    They will sing with joy about Your righteousness.
    The LORD is merciful and compassionate,
    Slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
    The LORD is good to everyone.
    He showers compassion on all His creation.
    All of Your works will thank You, LORD,
    And Your faithful followers will praise You.

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Bulletin Date: 09/11/2022