As we gather for worship tomorrow, we are reminded of Jesus' words to his flock in Matthew 5:3 where he declares, " Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." So it is that we, with our needs & concerns come to worship the LORD our God and gather for the public ministry of the Word. Please pray for all who are reluctant to join with the body of Christ in corporate worship - pray that the call to worship would take hold of their hearts and give them courage, boldness, and a hunger to receive the gospel.
This gospel is clearly proclaimed in Genesis 28:10-22 in a pivotal moment in the patriarch Jacob's life. He is in a place of incredible vulnerability and need. He has been stripped of his family and he is alone in the wild places. There is no light. Into his darkness, the light of the world enters and makes known that with God, all things are possible. It's such a grand display of mercy and love!
The gospel is also proclaimed in the transition of Luke's account of the work & ministry of Jesus Christ. We hold Luke to be the author of Luke & Acts and we see that there is a powerful continuity between these accounts of Jesus' work. Our text for the afternoon sermon will be Luke 24:36-53.
Come and worship!