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.

July 10, 2016 | Worship Plan and Announcements

This is this Lord’s Day, July 10, 2016, plan for worship and announcements

   Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Call to Worship…………………………. Psalm 98:1-6

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

*  Invocation

*  Gloria Patri……………………………………………. 735

Responsive Reading…………. Psalm 19 page 790

*  Hymn……….. Our God, Our Help in Ages Past 30

Prayer of Dedication

Offering/Offertory

* Doxology………………………………………………. 731

Prayer of the Church

Hymn . That Man Is Blest Who, Fearing God 558

Scripture………………………………….. 1 Peter 1:1-9

Sermon………………………….. Practical Theology

*  Hymn ………………………….. O Worship the King 2

*  Benediction

 

*  Congregation will please stand

Sunday Evening Service

6:00 PM

Announcements

 

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 – Roberta and Molly AdamsNext week – Susan and Emily Kim

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

Young Adult Bible Study – Monday at 7:00 PM

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.

Men’s Retreat – September 15-17 at LCCC

Jamaica Mission Trip – January 14 – 21

Schedule for Special Offerings 

July 10 – Valley Youth Network 

September 11 – Church Planting

November 20 – Meals on Wheels

December 24 – PCA Ministerial Relief

Please contact the church office if you would like to arrange email receipt of the bulletin, weekly prayer list or prayer requests. pioneerpca@gmail.com

Pastor Kenyon will be away until July 16.  If you have any needs while he is away, please contact Dr. Kinneer or one of the elders.