This Sunday we gathered together to edify one another through singing, praying, preaching, and observing the sacraments of communion and baptism.  We began by singing an older hymn, redone by Michael Bleecker from The Village, “Glorious Day” also known as “One Day“.  A fantastic display of the gospel from incarnation, to a substitutionary death, to a victorious resurrection, and finally the second coming on that Glorious Day!  We paused for a moment to reflect on 9/11 and yet focus on the sovereignty of God and the glory of Christ and His ultimate suffering and defeat of death…in doing so I read from the litany that Mike Cosper from Sojourn provided and it read:

Lord as we gather,
celebrating your glory and goodness,
we acknowledge the shadow of today’s anniversary.

Together, we remember September 11, 2001.
We mourn for the lives lost in New York City,
Washington D. C., and on Flight 93.

We lament death’s reign,
the visible and invisible forces of evil,
the principalities and powers of this dark world,
and the evil that lurks in the hearts of all men . . . including our own.

With the Psalmist, we cry:

“How long, Oh Lord?
How long will your enemies scoff?
How long will you withhold your justice
from a world that is desparate to see it?”

We lament a world at war, and we ask you for peace

In Afghanistan
in Iraq
in Libya
in Israel and Palestine
in Egypt and Syria, and all of the nations of the earth that long for freedom from oppression.

We ask for protection over our loved ones and families who serve overseas,
we pray for the fatherless and the widow,
for the poor and oppressed.

We lift up our global leaders
that by your grace they might lead with wisdom and justice
and work for peace.

And we acknowledge that all such hopes and longings point us to one who will soon return and bring an everlasting peace and justice.

Together we proclaim:

Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The LORD will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!

(Psalm 146:2-10)

Amen. Come Lord Jesus!

We then sang “Here Is Love” the Mars Hill edition.

After a Life Group video and announcements Ben opened the Word to Luke 6 and preached on the Beatitudes.  It was a great reminder that we are ultimately blessed because of Christ and that He is our only treasure.

In light of the sermon and the gospel we sang “Psalm 62

“Oh praise Him, hallelujah my delight and my reward.

Everlasting never failing my Redeemer my God.”

Since this Sunday we observed the gospel through baptism I wanted to focus the last two songs on God’s gracious work in raising us from death and into His life.  We sang “And Can It Be” and “You Alone Can Rescue“.

After the service Patrick came up and explained what baptism is and isn’t and how it is a beautiful picture of the gospel in the believer’s life.

You can see the baptism videos here!