Greetings, everyone! On this rainy Saturday, take joy in these words from the Song of Moses, Deuteronomy 32: 1-3:
“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!"
As we prepare to proclaim the Lord's name and ascribe greatness to Him in corporate worship, may our ears be open to His truth and and our wills be conformed to His will.
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY! And it is also Pentecost Sunday, the day when the Holy Spirit came in fullness to the first disciples gathered in Jerusalem. The baptism by the Holy Spirit on that day marked a turning point in the life of the church unlike anything before or since. We have the privilege of commemorating that event as we gather tomorrow for worship. These words from an ancient hymn serve to focus our attention on the specialness of this day:
1 Rejoice, the year upon its way
has brought again this blessed day
when on the Church by Christ our Lord
the Holy Spirit was outpoured.
2 From out the heav'ns a rushing noise
came like the tempest's sudden voice,
and mingled with th'Apostles' prayer,
proclaimed loud that God was there.
3 Like quiv'ring tongues of light and flame,
upon each one the Spirit came:
tongues, that the earth might hear their call,
and fire, that love might burn in all.
4 And so to all were spread abroad
the wonders of the works of God;
they knew the prophet's word fulfilled,
and owned the gift which God had willed.
5 Look down, most gracious God, this day
upon thy people as they pray;
and Christ the Lord upon us pour
the Spirit's gift for evermore.
Take time to read and meditate on these Scriptures which will frame our corporate worship tomorrow:
Fighter Verse: Isaiah 40:28-29
Call to Worship: Psalm 104:24-35
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-21
Prayer of Confession: Romans 8:26-27
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:28-30
Sermon Text: Luke 6:17-26
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
ICYMI Last Sunday’s Message audio of "Jesus, Man of Authority" on Luke 6:12-16
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READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
Week 21 of the 5 Day Bible Reading Program.
Read through the entire Bible following this plan, or read only the New Testament (in italics).
Day One: 2 Samuel 13-14; Acts 28
Day Two: 2 Samuel 15-17; Psalms 3, 63; Romans 1
Day Three: 2 Samuel 18-20; Ps. 34; Romans 2
Day Four: 2 Samuel 21-23; Psalm 18; Romans 3
Day Five: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21; Romans 4
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See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon
Pastor Greg Dixon