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01.13.2019

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: 

How do you remember the important things? Do you tie a string around your finger, write it on your hand, or stick Post-It notes on your bathroom mirror? With so many thoughts running through our minds, remembering can be a difficult task. Maybe that’s why God so often commands his people to remember. But he doesn’t just give them a to-do list to remember, he tells them to remember his work among them. Join us this Sunday as we look back on God’s faithfulness to us in 2018.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

—Elie Wiesel

 

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

—Lewis Carroll

 

Remember these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are my servant. I have made you, you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you.

—Isaiah 44:21

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

   and all that is within me,

   bless his holy name!

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

   and forget not all his benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquity,

   who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit,

   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good

   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness

   and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

   his acts to the people of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always chide,

   nor will he keep his anger forever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

   nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

   so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

   so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

   so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

14 For he knows our frame;

   he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;

   he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

   and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,

   and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant

   and remember to do his commandments.

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,

   and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

   you mighty ones who do his word,

   obeying the voice of his word!

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

   his ministers, who do his will!

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,

   in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

1. Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus, ready, stands to save you,
Full of pity, joined with power.
He is able, He is able;
He is willing; doubt no more.

2. Come ye needy, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
Without money, without money
Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

3. Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Bruised and broken by the fall;
If you tarry ’til you’re better,
You will never come at all.
Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners Jesus came to call.

4. Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requires
Is to feel your need of Him.
This He gives you, this He gives you,
‘Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.

Silent Confession

 

 

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