Bulletin 6.7.20

Ephesians 1.2 "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • No, (the Psalms) argue and complain, they lament and they praise, they deny and declaim, they thank and they sing. On one page they accuse God of betraying and abandoning them and on the next they turn cartwheels of hallelujahs. Sometimes we suppose that the proper posture of response to God as we read the Bible is to be curled up in a wingback chair before a cozy fire, docile and well-mannered. The Psalms… show us something quite different: prayer is engaging God… The engagement, at least in its initial stages, is more like a quarrel than a greeting, more like a wrestling match than a warm embrace.

    - Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book : A Conversation In the Art of Spiritual Reading (Eerdmans, 2006, p.104-5)

The Call to Worship

  • Ephesians 1.2-6

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

    (Prayer)

  • No, (the Psalms) argue and complain, they lament and they praise, they deny and declaim, they thank and they sing. On one page they accuse God of betraying and abandoning them and on the next they turn cartwheels of hallelujahs. Sometimes we suppose that the proper posture of response to God as we read the Bible is to be curled up in a wingback chair before a cozy fire, docile and well-mannered. The Psalms… show us something quite different: prayer is engaging God… The engagement, at least in its initial stages, is more like a quarrel than a greeting, more like a wrestling match than a warm embrace.

    - Eugene H. Peterson, Eat This Book : A Conversation In the Art of Spiritual Reading (Eerdmans, 2006, p.104-5)

  • Ephesians 1.2-6

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

    (Prayer)

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Bulletin Date: 2020-06-07