Descending the Hill | 29-31 August 2016

Monday | 29 August

Out texts this morning concerned the covenant between God and man.  As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we remember the new covenant, make with the blood of Christ.

As you reflect on the table, what is the most meaningful part?  How do you prepare?  How would you instruct someone new in the faith to prepare?

Tuesday | 30 August

The text in Exodus got our attention focused on the celebration of the feasts in the Jewish year, feasts given to the Jews as ordinances by the Lord with instructions – detailed instructions – on how to celebrate them. The Lord reminded Moses to observe the feasts and to observe the sabbath as part of this dialogue on the covenant.

In the new covenant, we are only required to observe the sabbath and celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance.

The Feast of Unleavened bread was a remembrance to the Jews of Passover. It called to mind the specific actions of the Lord on behalf of His people for His glory.

What does the Lord’s Table bring into remembrance for the Chruch?  For you, specifically?

Wednesday | 31 August

Missing from the text in Exodus was the Day of Atonement.

This is the passage directing The Day of Atonement:

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:26-32 ESV)

In the middle of this feast day was the sacrifice made by the High Priest for the sin of the people.

How does the Lord’s Supper connect to this type pointing to Christ as our High Priest?

 

 

Ascending the Hill … a day late…| Preparing for Lord’s Day, 28 August 2016

wineskinsGood morning, Church. Here is this week’s ascending the hill devotional.  Forgive our gaps lately!

Thursday

Psalm 136:1

We give thanks to the Lord for all things, but we are reminded that in all the things He provides for us – each need we have – He is merciful.  Give thanks today for His mercy is everlasting.  Why?  He promised it. See Exodus 34:10-24, our sermon text for the next Lord’s Day.

Psalm 27

This is a strongly worded Psalm!  One of many that exhort us to live in the moment under the protection of the King. He is the Rock on which we stand and in Whom we live and move and breath. The Lord promises Moses that He would cast out the nations before Moses as Moses led Israel to worship the One True God. The Lord Jesus promised us – His bride the Church – He would never leave us or forsake us, even to the end of the age.  When times appear to be the darkest, remember this Psalm of David:

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14 ESV)

…take courage, Church.

Ex. 34:10-271 Cor. 11:23-34

The Lord’s promise to Moses and its relationship to worshiping Him alone stands in parallel to Jesus’ direction to remember Him, His body broken – for you, His blood spilled – for you. This is the new covenant.  The blood of this covenant agreement was that of Christ alone, the spotless lamb.

It is no wonder we cry out: Your mercy is everlasting!

Lord’s Day, 28 August 2016 | Worship Plan and Announcements

bread-749838_1920Good day, Church! We’ve added some new features this week.  Each Scripture reference is a link to that passage on ESVbible.org

Lord’s Supper

August 28, 2016

 

   Welcome and Announcements

   Prelude

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

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

*  Invocation

*  Nicene Creed………………………………… page 846

   Responsive Reading…………. Psalm 27 page 793

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

   Prayer of Dedication

   Offering/Offertory

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

   Prayer of the Church

   Scripture…………… Ex. 34:10-27; 1 Cor. 11:23-34

   Sermon……… Sacred Rituals of Remembrance

*  Hymn ………………. There Is a Fountain (1-3) 253

   The Lord’s Supper

*  Hymn ………………. There Is a Fountain (4-5) 253

*  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 August is Dennis Henderson.

Nursery Volunteers – This week – Mary and Jonathan Baum Next week – Sheila and Ben Kenyon

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

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.  Next meeting – September 8. New Study – David in 1-2 Samuel

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

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Men’s Breakfast – Canceled for September.  The next Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 AM at the church.

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

 

Schedule for Special Offerings

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

Coming Soon: A New Church for Aviano, Italy

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Teaching Elder John Orlando and his wife, Ursula – Air Force veterans – spoke at last month’s Pittsburgh Presbytery meeting about their vision for a PCA church plant in Aviano, Italy as part of initiatives by the PCA and Ministry to the Military and International .

Aviano is at the base of the Dolomites Mountains in the Po Valley, the largest agricultural plain in northeast Italy. Aviano Air Base hosts the 31st Fighter Wing, which maintains two F-16 Fighter Squandrons in support of NATO.  There are approximately 5,400 service men and women serving there. When civilian support and family members are considered the population which needs ministry swells to around 10,000.

John’s vision is to plant a church near the base to serve military and other English speakers in this tenuous time for military chaplains.  John’s website explains his vision more clearly.

John will be visiting us on 6 November 2016 and will be doing adult Sunday School, where he will share his vision for Aviano. He will also be preaching at our morning service.

We look forward to meeting John and Ursula then.  Until then, consider praying for them and the plant.

Louisiana Flood – Presbyterian Church of America, Mission to North America

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As we mentioned this morning, the Mission to North America (MNA) has requested volunteers and financial help for its efforts in helping with flood damage in Louisiana.

The MNA website says, “Louisiana has been hit by what the National Weather Service has termed the ‘1,000 year flood’. A slow-moving storm hovered for several days over much of LA dumping as much as three feet of water in some locations. One source stated that a record four trillion gallons of rain fell over Baton Rouge alone! Throughout the state over 30,000 people were rescued from their homes, at least 11 lives have been lost and over 40,000 homes have been destroyed. As a result thirty parishes have been declared disaster areas.”

 

MNA continues, “MNA Disaster Response is in contact with local leadership at the numerous PCA churches and church plants in the wide-spread impacted area. The delivery of critical supplies is well underway, bringing much needed shower trailers, flood buckets, hygiene kits, school kits and other items as requested by those in the area. Initial reports indicate that PCA church structures are not affected; however, many PCA families have taken on water in their homes. The situation continues to unfold as waters have not yet crested in some places and rain is continuing to fall as well.”

 

For more information and for links to help out go to: http://pcamna.org

Lord’s Day, 21 August 2016 | Worship Plan and Announcements

Lord’s Day

August 21, 2016

 

   Welcome and Announcements

   Prelude

   Call to Worship…………………… Revelation 4:8-11

*  Hymn……………………………. Holy, Holy, Holy! 100

*  Invocation

*  Gloria Patri……………………………………………. 735

   Responsive Reading………….. Psalm 1 page 785

*  Hymn………………….. All to Jesus I Surrender 562

   Prayer of Dedication

   Offering/Offertory

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

   Prayer of the Church

*  Hymn …………………… Take Time to Be Holy 537

   Scripture…………….. Ex. 34:10-27; 2 Cor. 6:14-18

   Sermon………………………….. Snares and Pitfalls

*  Hymn …… Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray 567

*  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 August is Dennis Henderson.

Nursery Volunteers – This week – Kim and Emily Hunter Next week – Mary and Jonathan Baum

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

Church Picnic – Wednesday, August 24.  The picnic begins at 4:00 PM and dinner is at 6:00 PM.  Please bring a side dish or dessert.

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 8:30 PM at 235 West Main St. No. 104, Ligonier.  Next meeting – September 8. New Study – David in 1-2 Samuel

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

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Men’s Breakfast – Canceled for September.  The next Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 AM at the church.

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

 

Schedule for Special Offerings

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

Lord’s Day, 08.14.2016 | Plan for Worship and Announcements

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Lord’s Day

August 14, 2016

 

   Welcome and Announcements

   Prelude

   Call to Worship…………………………. Psalm 63:1-5

*  Hymn…………… A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 92

*  Invocation

*  Gloria Patri……………………………………………. 735

   Responsive Reading………… Psalm 46 page 802

*  Hymn………………………… Be Thou My Vision 642

   Prayer of Dedication

   Offering/Offertory

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

   Prayer of the Church

*  Hymn . Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken 345

   Scripture…… Exodus 34:9-28; Matthew 28:16-20

   Sermon…………………………………… God with US

*  Hymn ……… Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 529

*  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 August is Dennis Henderson.

Nursery Volunteers – This week – April Grimm and Mary Raine. Next week – Kim and Emily Hunter

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

Joint Board Meeting – Tuesday at 7:30 PM

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

Men’s Bible Study – Thursday at 8:30 PM at 235 West Main Street, No. 104.  Next meeting: 9/8/2016.  New study: David in 1-2 Samuel

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

Church Picnic – Wednesday, August 24.  The picnic begins at 4:00 PM and dinner is at 6:00 PM.  Please bring a side dish or dessert.

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21, 2017

Men’s Breakfast – Canceled for September.  The next Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 AM at the church.

Schedule for Special Offerings

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief