FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR
Abide With Me
Abide with me; falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers, fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, abide with me.
Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap!
The Sunday Recap is a brief fly-by of what we did during Sunday worship. Did anything land with you from worship on Sunday? What did it make you think? How did it make you feel? What did you find especially sweet or challenging from God's word? What did we sing, read, or pray that left an impression on you?
Food For Thought:
Most of Scripture speaks to us; the Psalms speak for us. – Athanasius
After any sleep, there is cause for gratitude and trust; the moments of unconsciousness have ended and life resumes, only because God is the perpetual Sustainer. – Peter Craigie
Confession of Sin:
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, we confess that we daily sin against you and our neighbors in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions. Our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Words of Grace
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Confession of Faith: The Children’s Catechism Question 90-94
Q. 90. What is the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment is “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Q. 91. What does the fourth commandment teach you?
A. To work six days and keep the Sabbath day holy.
Q. 92. What day of the week is the Christian Sabbath?
A. The first day of the week, called the Lord’s day.
Q. 93. Why is it called the Lord’s Day?
A. Because on that day the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Q. 94. How should you keep the Lord’s Day?
A. I should rest from my daily work and faithfully worship God.
Guest Preacher: Dave Driskill
This week we had Dave Driskill. Dave is an Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood. Below you will find a link to his sermon and the passage from which he preached.
Sermon Text: Psalm 3
A PSALM OF DAVID, WHEN HE FLED FROM ABSALOM HIS SON.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
- What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from this passage?
- What questions does this passage raise for you?
- Was there anything that bothered you?
- How does this Psalm help you battle fear?
- How does the Gospel deepen our understanding of what it means to have the Lord as "a shield about me?"
Songs for this week:
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
Jesus, I Come
Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners
Nothing but the Blood
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Sermon passage for this week: 1 John 1:5-10
Until next time,
Abide With Me
Hold Thou Thy cross, before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, Lord, abide with me.