August 12, 2018
It’s the 12th and final week of this year’s Christ in the Psalms, our annual summer series. This week we’ll be in Psalm 89. Next Sunday, August 19, we’ll return to our recurring Mission series for three weeks, discussing who we are and what we do as a church.
Our weekly Christ in the Psalms artwork is an oil painting by Irwin Peralta for Psalm 89. One of the ways we study and enjoy the psalms each year is by having different artists do a new piece from week to week for whichever psalm we’re in as a body. Learn about Irwin’s piece and all the preceding Christ In The Psalms artworks right here.
Here’s how you can prepare for this week’s service:
1. Read through our text, Psalm 89.
Psalm 89 is marked by tension. The psalmist begins with overwhelming praise to God for His steadfast love and His enduring faithfulness. He also praises God for the incredible promises that He made to David—that his Kingdom would endure forever. But then the tone shifts, and the psalmist essentially says “if all that is true, then why is David’s Kingdom in ruins!?” How do you respond in the gap between promise and fulfillment? This Psalm reveals both emotional honesty and an unwavering commitment to what the psalmist knows to be true about God.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Lamentations 3:22–23, 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.
It Is Well With My Soul (Horatio G. Spafford, Philip P. Bliss)
Man Of Sorrows (Matt Crocker, Brooke Ligertwood)
CONFESSION OF SIN: 1 John 1:5–6
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: 1 John 1:7–9
Steadfast (Leslie Jordan, Sandra McCracken, Joshua Silverberg)
Yes and Amen (Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, Nate Moore)
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
Come All Ye Pining (Anne Steele, arr. Red Mountain)
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean Ussher)