Reformation Day 2012 is recognised tomorrow at mgpc. We don’t follow much of a church calendar, but we like to give a nod of recognition to what’s going on. How apt that as we consider 1 Samuel 19 we’ll be reminded again of the danger of ignoring God.
Our preparation for worship will begin with Psalm 34, I Will At All Times Bless The Lord, lead into The Mystery Of The Cross (Jesus, Thank You) and then we’ll commence by singing All People That On Earth Do Dwell (Psalm 100). That one’ll probably be a capella. (Singing Psalms unaccompanied, who’d have thought that would happen in a Presbyterian church).
Our prayer of approach and confession will acknowledge our failure to trust God’s saves by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in His Word alone, and for His glory alone. Too often we fall back to thinking that we earn God’s love, look for our own blessings and fail to trust the Bible.
The song of testimony which we’ll sing will be Jesus Is Lord, followed by the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
The reading of Jeremiah 4:19-31 will lead us to think about the desolation of being bereft of God, who we’ll then praise with the singing of Yours Is The Kingdom.
1 Samuel 19 unfolds the tragedy of those who ignore God. Saul’s hatred of David grows, and in this chapter we’ll see how he ignores the testimony of his believing son Jonathan, his unbelieving daughter Michal and the power of the Holy Spirit. Ignoring God is an act of will, God continues to appeal to Saul and Saul just won’t turn.
After our prayer of thanksgiving and requests we’ll give our offerings and then our worship will close with singing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

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