Bulletin 6.28.20

Habakkuk 3:18 "yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!"

A Reflection Before the Service

  • Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise
    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind —

    - Emily Dickenson (1830 – 1886)

    “Is—is he a man?" asked Lucy.
    "Aslan a man!" Mr. Beaver said sternly. "Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion."
    "Ooh!" said Susan, "I'd thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
    "That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver; "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."
    “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy
    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    - C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950; CH 8)

The Call to Worship

  • Habakkuk 3.17ff (NLT)

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;
    even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
    yet
    I will rejoice in the LORD!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
    The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.

    (Prayer)

  • Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise
    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind —

    - Emily Dickenson (1830 – 1886)

    “Is—is he a man?" asked Lucy.
    "Aslan a man!" Mr. Beaver said sternly. "Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion."
    "Ooh!" said Susan, "I'd thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
    "That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver; "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."
    “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy
    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    - C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950; CH 8)

  • Habakkuk 3.17ff (NLT)

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;
    even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
    yet
    I will rejoice in the LORD!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
    The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.

    (Prayer)

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Bulletin Date: 2020-06-28