June 3, 2018
This is week two of our annual summer series, Christ in the Psalms. The Psalms give us a vocabulary and a “hymnal” for relating to God through the full range of human experience and emotion, ultimately pointing us to Jesus. Now in its seventh year, Christ in the Psalms has covered one psalm each week, up through Psalm 78. You can find all of those sermons here. Additionally, over the last four years, different artists within our community have done a piece of artwork for each Psalm, starting with Psalm 41. You can see and read about each of those here.
This week we’ll discuss Psalm 79. Here’s how you can prepare:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 79.
In Psalm 79, we learn a couple of (hard) lessons. First, God loves us too much to let us live foolishly. Second, God’s love frees us from demanding retribution on our enemies.
2. Read, pray and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 9:1–2, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):
To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners.
Before The Throne Of God (Charitie Lees Bancroft)
Your Name Is Good (Psalm 54) (Joel Limpic, Scott Mills)
CONFESSION OF SIN: Psalm 79:8–9
His Mercy Is More (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)
What A Beautiful Name (Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Ephesians 2:18–22
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
In Tenderness (Garvey, Gordon, Walton arr. Brian Eichelberger)
Reckless Love (Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, Ran Jackson)