Bulletin 5.2.21

Psalm 149:1 "Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • f you’re going through hell, keep going.

     

    - Anonymous

     

     

     

    Standing on a London street corner, G. K. Chesterton was approached by a newspaper reporter. “Sir, I understand that you recently became a Christian. May I ask you one question?”

     

    “Certainly,” replied Chesterton.

     

    “If the risen Christ suddenly appeared at this very moment and stood behind you, what would you do?”

     

    Chesterton looked the reporter squarely in the eye and said, “He is.”

     

    Is this a mere figure of speech, wishful thinking, a piece of pious rhetoric? No, this truth is the most real fact about our life; it is our life. The Jesus who walked the roads of Judea and Galilee is the One who stands behind us. The Christ of history is the Christ of faith.

     

    God raised Jesus. This is the apostolic witness, the heart of the apostolic preaching… An awareness of the resurrected Christ banishes meaninglessness—the dreaded sense that all our life experiences are disconnected and useless. It helps us to see our lives as all of one piece and reveals a design never perceived before.

    - Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child (CH 6)

     

     

     

    When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,

    My grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply.

    The flames shall not hurt you. I only design

    Your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

     

    - George Keith, “How Firm a Foundation” (hymn; 1878)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Psalm 149.1-5; 45.2-4 (NLT)

     

    Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song.

    Sing His praises in the assembly of the faithful.

    O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.

    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.

    Praise His name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.

    For the LORD delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.

    Let the faithful rejoice that He honors them.

    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.

     

    You are the most handsome of all.

    Gracious words stream from your lips.

    God Himself has blessed you forever.

    Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!

    You are so glorious, so majestic!

    In your majesty, ride out to victory,

    defending truth, humility, and justice.

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • f you’re going through hell, keep going.

     

    - Anonymous

     

     

     

    Standing on a London street corner, G. K. Chesterton was approached by a newspaper reporter. “Sir, I understand that you recently became a Christian. May I ask you one question?”

     

    “Certainly,” replied Chesterton.

     

    “If the risen Christ suddenly appeared at this very moment and stood behind you, what would you do?”

     

    Chesterton looked the reporter squarely in the eye and said, “He is.”

     

    Is this a mere figure of speech, wishful thinking, a piece of pious rhetoric? No, this truth is the most real fact about our life; it is our life. The Jesus who walked the roads of Judea and Galilee is the One who stands behind us. The Christ of history is the Christ of faith.

     

    God raised Jesus. This is the apostolic witness, the heart of the apostolic preaching… An awareness of the resurrected Christ banishes meaninglessness—the dreaded sense that all our life experiences are disconnected and useless. It helps us to see our lives as all of one piece and reveals a design never perceived before.

    - Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child (CH 6)

     

     

     

    When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,

    My grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply.

    The flames shall not hurt you. I only design

    Your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

     

    - George Keith, “How Firm a Foundation” (hymn; 1878)

     

  • Psalm 149.1-5; 45.2-4 (NLT)

     

    Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song.

    Sing His praises in the assembly of the faithful.

    O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.

    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.

    Praise His name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.

    For the LORD delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.

    Let the faithful rejoice that He honors them.

    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.

     

    You are the most handsome of all.

    Gracious words stream from your lips.

    God Himself has blessed you forever.

    Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!

    You are so glorious, so majestic!

    In your majesty, ride out to victory,

    defending truth, humility, and justice.

     

    (Prayer)

     

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