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Why Churches Need To Be Open – “More Together.”

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Today, I offer you another thought as to why churches need to be open. As before, if you missed the first installment, I would encourage you to go back and read it to give some context to my thoughts. My wife and I have been watching ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” I am a bit of a sports junkie and she grew up, like so many Americans, idolizing Michael Jordan. The show is sponsored in part by Facebook. As a result, I have seen a lot of ads from Facebook recently.  They are apparently spending money to promote their platform during…

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Worship Notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, May 10, 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. aFinally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Joy” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O Christ, All Your ways of mercy tend too and end in our delight. You wept, sorrowed, and suffered that we might rejoice. For our joy You have sent the Comforter, multiplied Your promises, shown us our future happiness,…

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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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A Hymn for Resurrection Sunday

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Jesus lives, and so shall I. Death! thy sting is gone forever! He who deigned for me to die, lives, the bands of death to sever. He shall raise me from the dust: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives and reigns supreme; and, his kingdom still remaining, I shall also be with him, ever living, ever reigning. God has promised; be it must: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives, and by his grace, vict’ry o’er my passions giving, I will cleanse my heart and ways, ever to his glory living. Me he raises from the dust:…

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Resurrection and our Good: Order for Home Worship. Lord’s Day, April 12, 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. John 20:1-9 Sing together or mediate on the hymn “In Christ Alone” If you are able, print out the hymn pages for everyone with you! If you…

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