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August 30, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day 

How are we to have peace in a world filled with storms? I remember moving from Washington State, where we had plenty of rain but very few storms, to Georgia, where an evening lighting storm was almost a nightly occurrence in the summer. Following a particularly bad storm in Columbus, Georgia my father and I went out to investigate the damage. I was awestruck that wind could topple over buildings and tear trees up from the ground. I was also a bit frightened. What if the storm came to our home? What if our trees were blown over? It is an unnerving reality to realize that in the face of a storm there is very little that we can do to control the situation. This week hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall in Texas and Louisiana. By the time you read this you may already know the damage that it inflicted upon these states. Despite all of our technology and advancements we still cannot control the weather and that makes us fearful. In our Psalm for this week we are told that the Lord is the one who controls the storm. Not only that, but that he makes himself known through the storm. While this whirlwind is frightening to those who do not trust in the Lord, those who look to him in faith can have great peace in the midst of the storm because they know and trust the God who controls the wind and the wave. To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Psalm 29, Exodus 19:16-20, Job 40:7-9, Psalm 18:6-19, Isaiah 6:1-7, Mark 4:35-41, and Revelation 4, 11:19.

As we gather to worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit this Lord’s day, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing and the Hymn of Response “How Great Thou Art.” Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!

Sermon Information:

Text: Psalm 29

Title: The Peace of God’s Terrifying Voice

Outline:

  1. The Perspective of the Temple (vv. 1-2)
  2. The Voice of the Thunder (vv. 3-9)
  3. The Power of the Throne (vv. 10-11)

Sunday's bulletin

The Session has called a Congregational Meeting for this Sunday, August 30, 2020 to follow the 8:00 service (9:05am—live in the Sanctuary and via Zoom). 

Click here for more details concerning the meeting, including the purposes and the rationale for the motions being presented.

For your reference and preparation, please review the following documents: “The Nomination and Election of Church Officers” and “Elders and Deacons”.

Click on the link below to join the Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/95169558640?pwd=THp3Ym8vVnpOMnRPbkk5dWRIcExpdz09

Meeting ID: 951 6955 8640

Passcode: 101496