There’s some random walking around an empty platform, a fifteen minute buffer video, then the service starts.
The male vocals are improved this week because there were two others lead singing out of shot.

The sermon is the second of two focussing on blessing.
Last week we thought about God’s blessing, his declaration that we are his.
This week we consider that our response is not about giving something to God, not so much a blessing as a doxology, words of praise, an expression of our recognition of God.

My God, My Help is from Sandra McCracken.
It draws on imagery reminiscent of the Psalms as an expression of lament and trust.

Why are you so full of heaviness?
Why are you disquieted within?
O my soul, O my soul
As the deer longs for the water brooks
So my soul it longs, it thirsts for you
O my God, O my God
Put your trust in God, I will yet give thanks to him
Put your trust in God, I will yet give thanks to him
Put your trust in God, I will yet give thanks to him
My help, my God
Deep calls unto deep like ocean waves,
All your floods and rapids on me break
Oh my soul, O my soul
I will say unto my God, my strength,
“How is it you have forgotten me?
O how long? O how long?”
Yahweh grants his kindness in the day
Through the night his song, it is with me.
Oh my God, O my God…

Words and Music: Sandra McCracken
© 2015 Drink Your Tea (ASCAP).

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 28

Q & A 49
Q Which is the second commandment?
A You shall not make unto yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: You shall not bow down yourselves to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.*1

Q & A 50
Q What is required in the second commandment?
A The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his Word.*2

Q & A 51
Q What is forbidden in the second commandment?
A The second commandment forbids the worshiping of God by images,3 or any other way not appointed in his Word.4

Q & A 52
Q What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment?
A The reasons annexed to the second commandment are, God’s sovereignty over us,5 his propriety in us,6 and the zeal he has to his own worship.*7

*1 Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 5:8-10.
*2 Deuteronomy 12:32; Matthew 28:20.
*3 Deuteronomy 4:15-19; Romans 1:22-23.
*4 Leviticus 10:1-2; Jeremiah 19:4-5; Colossians 2:18-23
*5 Psalm 95:2-3, 6-7.
*6 Exodus 19:5; Psalm 45:11; Isaiah 54:5.
*7 Exodus 34:14.

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