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Why Churches Need To Be Open – “I come here to cry.”

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Over the next few days I plan to share a few thoughts on why churches need to be able to assemble.  Before I do, here are several preliminaries. First, I want to be clear that I do believe that there is a legitimate health concern with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. People have died and I expect that many more will. That means that churches may not be able to assemble in the same way that they previously did for a while. To use the phrase of the year – “social distancing” might be required for a bit. At the…

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Worship Notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, May 3, 2020

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Here are some notes to go along with the sermon published online for this Lord’s day for home worship. You can find hymns to sing here.  Here is a a video version of the sermon and an audio one.  Finally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Confidence” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O God, You are very great. Our lots in life are to approach You with godly fear and humble confidence since Your condescension equals Your grandeur and Your goodness is Your glory. We are unworthy, but You welcome. We…

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Worship notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, April 26, 2020

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Here are some notes to go along with the sermon published online for this Lord’s day for home worship. You can find hymns to sing here.  Here is a a video version of the sermon and an audio one.  Finally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Belonging to Jesus” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O Heavenly Father, Teach us to see that if Christ has pacified you and satisfied divine justice, He can also deliver us from our sins. Teach us to see that Christ does not desire us, now justified,…

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Security in God’s Plan – Order for home worship. Lord’s Day, April 19, 2020

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Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the sermon though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the sermon. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord! If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves. Psalm 63 Sing together or mediate on the hymn “My Hope is in the Lord.” If you are able, print out the hymn pages for everyone with…

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