November 15, 2020 - Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
Home Town is one of HGTV’s most popular shows. It showcases couple Ben and Erin Napier who restore historic homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Their vision is to bring new life to vintage and historic homes which have fallen into disrepair. This dedication has made for great TV but it has also created a great boon to the local economy of Laurel. There is something wonderfully satisfying about seeing an old property brought back to its original glory. It brings hope that the decay of time can be undone. In our passage for this week the Psalmist prays for restoration. The people of God have fallen on hard times and need the Lord to take what has gone wrong and make it right. This prayer is a great encouragement to all of God’s people because it is a witness that we too can hope and pray for the Lord to bring restoration to our own lives. It is a promise that all those who trust in the Lord, though they encounter struggles in this life, will one day be restored. To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Psalm 126, Psalm 14:7, Jeremiah 29:14, Amos 9:13-15, and John 12:24-26.
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 “How Great Thou Art,” the Acclamation of Praise, “To God Be the Glory,” and the Hymn of Response “Like a River Glorious.” At our 8:00 service, during the Special Time for Young Disciples, the Chapel Choir will sing "Every Good and Perfect Gift" and our Sanctuary Choir will sing "Praise the One Who Makes Us One" during the Offertory Anthem. New Song will sing at the 11:00 service, “10,000 Reasons" during the Special Time for Young Disciples. Let us come to worship 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!
Text: Psalm 126
- Every Christian Must Remember God’s Work to Restore (vv. 1-3)
- Every Christian Must Pray for God’s Grace to Restore (v. 4)
- Every Christian Must Trust in God’s Way to Restore (vv. 5-6)