March 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND
1 Peter Sermon Series
The Word of God is clear that all Christians are called to be holy, set apart and ready for every good work (2 Timothy 2:21). As the Lord Who called us is holy, we too must be holy in all of our conduct (1 Peter 1:15). However, I would venture to guess that most of us would look at our own lives and fail to see what we would call holiness. In what we say, feel, think, and do we continue to struggle to display the holiness of God in our lives. This struggle might lead us to the conclusion that there is no hope for holiness in this life. Missionaries, monks, ministers, or saints might be able to achieve holiness, but how can an average Christian come close to reflecting the character of God in their life? In our passage for this week, the Apostle Peter explains that every Christian has been given the hope of holiness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The weakness that we perceive in our own lives should not cause us to despair but rather to trust more deeply in the work of God to make all His elect exiles holy. To come prepared for the sermon, take time to read and to meditate upon 1 Peter 1:18-21, Exodus 6:6, Psalm 34, Romans 6, Hebrews 7:26-28, andWestminster Confession of Faith 8.4-8.
This week we will celebrate that sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during our worship service. As we receive the elements of bread and wine, we look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. For as we physically receive the signs of the Lord’s body and blood, spiritually we feed upon Him and all His benefits. Our hymns for this week include “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing,” and “Nothing but the Blood.”
THE NEW RIVERMONT EPC APP
The Rivermont EPC app is here! You can now download the app for your phone or tablet. It is available for both Apple and Android and features a number of tools (sermon podcast, online giving, Bible reading plan, event calendar, etc.) to keep you informed and connected. When you download the app, make sure to “allow notifications” so we can send out important communication (like weather closings) directly to your app.
LENT WORSHIP SERVICE
We will gather for a Lent Worship Service in the Sanctuary this coming Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 pm after our regular RFN dinner at 5:45 pm. The season of Lent prepares our hearts to celebrate the resurrection. According to Luke 9:51, as the day drew near for Christ to be taken up, He set His face toward Jerusalem. During Lent we set our hearts toward the cross with humble repentance for sin and hopeful expectation of Christ’s cross and resurrection. We will have regular RFN classes for infants to 6th grade while 7th grade to adults join in worship.
PRESCHOOL NIGHT AT MI PATRON
The first Preschool fundraiser for the spring is Tuesday, March 12! It is scheduled at Mi Patron anytime from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Click here for details on other spring events.