1 – 3 August 2016 | Descending the Hill

foggy-1149637_1920As a reminder, we were studying Exodus 33:18-34:10.

Monday | 1 August 2016

Moses asked God twice to show him (first) His ways then (second) Himself, His glory.  The text teaches us that His glory is: His goodness and the proclamation of His name.  His goodness is grace and mercy.  When He passes in front of Moses, He proclaims that He is  The Lord (YHWH) and characterizes His goodness as merciful, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in Love and Faithfulness.  He details it even more deeply, noting that He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.

Surely, Moses had to be humbled when the Lord agreed to His requests.  In His Providence, the Lord gives us a more clear picture of Christ to come, but dwell, if you will, for a moment on how Moses may have been feeling.  How would you have felt?

Many people ask the simple question: why me?  Why would the Lord show me mercy and grace?  The answer is simple: we have no idea why.   Pastor Dave pointed out that we can, however, take confidence that the Lord’s will is perfect, so His action to save you is perfect, without question.   Even in this passage, the Lord tells Moses (33:19), “…I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy…”

It is His action, His election, His choice.

How does the unconditional election and love of God make you feel?

Tuesday | 2 August 2016

In this passage, we hear again, about a rock.  In Exodus 17, we learned that Moses was to strike the rock (once) to get water that would quench the ongoing thirst of the Israelites, who – grum.bling – had stiffened their necks against Moses.  In 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Paul, inspired by the Spirit, show us that the Rock is Christ, saying in verse 4b, ” the Rock was Christ.”

In this passage Moses was to relate to the rock in two ways.  First, he was to stand on the Rock.  Then, as the Lord passed in front of him, the Lord would put him in the cleft of the Rock.

Likewise, when we are justified, we must stand on the firm foundation of Christ.  There is no other way.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Light (John 14:6).  And, once we are justified, there is no other position but “in Him”. See Ephesians 1 for a clear picture of what it means to be “in Him”.

How did you stand on the Rock, Christ?  How are you currently in the cleft, in Him?

Wednesday | 3 August 2016

When Moses had this encounter with the Living God, he was changed…forever.  His skin was shining brightly.  When he came down from the mountain, the people couldn’t bear to look upon him.  He had to wear a veil to shield them from his face.

When we are fully exposed to the Truth of Christ, we experience the glory of the Lord: He is merciful, He is gracious, He is slow to anger, He forgives.

How has that Truth changed you?  What would others say “shines” about you as a result of your encounters with the Living God?

 

Worship Plan and Announcement | Lord’s Day, 31 July 2016

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July 31, 2016

 

   Welcome and Announcements

   Prelude

   Call to Worship………………………….. Psalm 136:1

*  Hymn………… Give to Our God Immortal Praise 3

*  Invocation

*  Gloria Patri……………………………………………. 735

   Responsive Reading Ten Commandments (insert)

*  Hymn………………………… Come, Thou Fount 457

   Prayer of Dedication

   Offering/Offertory

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

   Prayer of the Church

*  Hymn …… My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less 521

   Scripture……………. Ex. 33:18-34:10; Eph. 2:1-10

   Sermon…………………………. Hidden in the Rock

*  Hymn …………….. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me 499

*  Benediction

 

*  Congregation will please stand

 

 

Sunday Evening Service

6:00 PM

For Your Information

 

Sunday School – Classes begin at 9:45 each Sunday morning for both children and adults.

The greeter for July is Bryan Baum.

Nursery Volunteers –

This week – Terry Lindberg and Hannah Kenyon.  Next week –  Breck and Roz Ewer

 

Fellowship Coffee – Immediately following the worship service downstairs in the church basement.

Next week – Potluck providers

Young Adult Bible Study – Monday at 7:00 PM

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 10:30 AM

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 8:30 PM at 235 West Main St. No. 104, Ligonier

Men’s Morning Bible Study – Friday at 7:00 AM at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 AM at the church. Please let Ed Pelger know if you are able to attend.

Session Meeting – Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 PM

Church Picnic – Thursday, August 25

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

Schedule for Special Offerings

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

Descending the Hill | Mourning our Sin

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The Israelites removed their ornaments.  When they realized that the Lord was displeased, they were humbled and the outward sign of their humbling was removing the outward signs of their pride, their ornamentation, gold, jewels, etc..  Another great passage to consider is 2 Chronicles 34:26-28.

How does the realization of your sin – the realization of your disobedience, not the regret over the world consequences of it – cause you to be humbled?

Tuesday

Moses tried to atone for the people’s sins.  In that way, he pre-figured Christ.  Christ went the whole way. He not only proposed to atone for sin, He did atone for it.  It is as we let this act sink in that we really grasp the depth of our own sin and the extent to which the Lord makes atonement for it.   He loved us first. We love Him by obeying Him.

What effect does Christ’s real atonement for your sin have on you daily?

Wednesday

The title of this sermon was, “Blessed are Those who Mourn.”  Pastor referenced Jesus preaching  the Sermon on the Mount.  This sermon tells us that those who mourn are blessed in a special way; they will comforted. 

How does the Lord comfort you as you mourn your sin?  See Romans 8:1-11 and Romans 8:31-38.

Ascending the Hill | Lord’s Day 07.24.2016

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Thursday

This coming Lord’s Day, we will be looking at Exodus 33:1-11 primarily.  Pastor Kenyon’s sermon is entitled, “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” hearkening our minds to Matthew 5:1-12.

The Lord exhorts Moses to take the people and go up into the land He promised.   He had one condition, though, saying, “…but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

Exodus 33:4 says, “When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.”

What things bring you to mourning?  Why would we never mourn the way the Israelites did here?

Friday

Our call to worship is  Psalm 103:1-2 , which uses the refrain, “Bless the Lord”.  This repeated phrase is followed by a list of the many things the Lord has done for us. His love is great. 

How has the Lord blessed you down to your very soul?  How did He do it even today?

Saturday

Our responsive reading is Psalm 32 .  In this Psalm, we see the psalmist testifying to the mercy shown us through Christ as we realize our sins, agree with the Lord that they are sins (confession) and move from our mourning to joy.  

Psalm 32:7 says, “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”

How has the Lord delivered you in times of trouble?  How did confession work in the midst of His deliverance?

…we are looking forward to seeing you soon.  Come with a prepared heart and a mind ready to be renewed.

Grace and peace!

 

Lord’s Day Plan for Worship / Announcements (07.20.2016)

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Lord’s Day, July 24, 2016

   Welcome and Announcements

   Prelude

   Call to Worship……………………….. Psalm 103:1-2

*  Hymn.. O Come, My Soul, Bless Thou the Lord 6

*  Invocation

*  Gloria Patri……………………………………………. 735

   Responsive Reading…………. Psalm 32 page 795

*  Hymn……………… Wonderful Grace of Jesus 467

   Prayer of Dedication

   Offering/Offertory 

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

   Prayer of the Church

   Hymn … Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat 507

   Scripture………. Exodus 33:1-11; Matthew 5:1-12

   Sermon……….. Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

*  Hymn …………………………… Amazing Grace! 460

*  Benediction

*  Congregation will please stand

Sunday Evening Service

 

For Your Information

 

Sunday School – Classes begin at 9:45 each Sunday morning for both children and adults.

The greeter for July is Bryan Baum.

Nursery Volunteers – This week – Dawn and Breck Ewer. Next week – Terry Lindberg and Hannah Kenyon

Fellowship Coffee – Immediately following the worship service downstairs in the church basement. Next week – Fellowship coffee will be held during the Sunday School hour. 

Young Adult Bible Study – Monday at 7:00 PM

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Jr./Sr. High Bible Study – Tuesday at 7:00 PM at LCCC

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 8:30 PM at 235 West Main St. No. 104, Ligonier

Men’s Morning Bible Study – Friday at 7:00 AM at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 AM at the church. Please let Ed Pelger know if you are able to attend.

Church Picnic – Thursday, August 25

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

Schedule for Special Offerings

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

 

Descending the Hill | Easily Returning to Our Idols

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Monday

When Moses and Joshua returned from the mountain, they heard raucous noise coming from the camp.  The noise wasn’t joyful or mournful.  Joshua thought it was like war.  Moses pegged it: it was the noise of a people gone wild, acting like the pagan nation they had been redeemed from and the pagan nations around them.   Pastor noted that before we jumped condemn the Israelites – how quickly they returned to idol worship – we need to look at the human condition.  The author of Hebrews (Hebrews 12:1) calls our current sin and temptation, “that which so easily ensnares …”  The ESV renders this as the sin that “clings so closely…” The Lord warns Cain (Genesis 4:7) that sin is “crouching at the door. It’s desire is for you…”  Peter warns in 1 Peter 5:8 that our adversary walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

Don’t be deceived: sin is close to us and the enemy would have us fall prey to it.

Do not be afraid, though, have courage: James tells us (James 4:7), ” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

How are you resisting? What scripture is useful to aid in the resistance?

Tuesday

Ludicrous.

Aaron’s answer to Moses – the calf just came out of the fire – was ludicrous and deceitful.

It’s easy to look at other’s trying to rationalize their sin in the face of “getting caught”.

Again, we need to be mindful of the plank in our own eye.

Most of us, at times, rationalize our sin before we come to terms with the gravity of it.

How do you rationalize your sin?

Wednesday

Moses is a pattern of Christ in this passage in two ways.  First, he realizes that the people had to be called to repentance.  The text is silent, but it is reasonable to think that even those who loved the Lord may have been drawn into the sin of the masses.   Moses pricks the hearts of those whose hearts could be pricked. He calls out (Exodus 32:26) to the faithful who had been sinning, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.”  His words remind us of Christ’s in John 6:37 :

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37 ESV)

Second, Moses purposes to make atonement for the people’s sin.

How is Christ calling you to repentance, even this very minute?  Know that He is your atonement – He covers over your sin, if you believe on Him and confess Him. Have questions?  Call the church and ask to speak with an elder about the saving work of Jesus Christ.

This Week’s Plan for Worship and Announcements

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Get ready for the Lord’s Day!  This week’s sermon is on Exodus 32:17-35 and is entitled, “Noise in the Camp”

Lord’s Day
July 17, 2016

Welcome and Announcements
Prelude
Call to Worship Psalm 30:4-5
* Hymn Wondrous King, All-Glorious 166
* Invocation
* Gloria Patri 735
Responsive Reading Psalm 8 page 786
* Hymn How Blest Is He Whose Trespass 551
Prayer of Dedication
Offering/Offertory
* Doxology 731
Prayer of the Church
Hymn Ah, Holy Jesus 248
Scripture Exodus 32:17-35; Romans 5:1-11
Sermon Noise in the Camp
* Hymn I Sought the Lord 466
* Benediction

* Congregation will please stand

Sunday Evening Service
6:00 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

For Your Information

Sunday School – Classes begin at 9:45 each Sunday morning for both children and adults.

The greeter for July is Bryan Baum.

Nursery Volunteers – This week – Susan and Emily Kim
Next week – Dawn and Breck Ewer

Fellowship Coffee – Immediately following the worship service downstairs in the church basement.

Young Adult Bible Study – Monday at 7:00 PM

Women’s Bible Study – Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Jr./Sr. High Bible Study – Tuesday at 7:00 PM at LCCC

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 10:30 AM

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 8:30 PM at 235 West Main St.
No. 104, Ligonier

Men’s Morning Bible Study – Friday at 7:00 AM at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 AM at the church. Please let Ed Pelger know if you are able to attend.

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

Schedule for Special Offerings
September 11 – Church Planting
November 20 – Meals on Wheels
December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

The special offering for Valley Youth Network collected $609.