Sunday Preview (May 31st edition)
It's here again! We have the privilege of gathering together as a congregation tomorrow for the services of the Word. Our morning sermon will draw upon the Lord's account of Joseph in the prison of the captain of the guard as we find it recorded in Genesis 40. We will see the slow-motion deliverance of poor Joseph from bondage in a powerful foretaste of the latter enslavement and slow-motion deliverance of the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians who forgot about Joseph so many years later.
Our afternoon sermon will pick up 1 John 1:1-10 and the apostle's instructions to the body of Christ about God and our relationship with Him. We'll see that when we pray "Father, Hallowed be your name", there's an implicit request there: "keep me from getting in the way – from blocking out your light through my darkness" The catechism recognizes that there's a lot at stake in this petition for God's name to be hallowed. In order for that to occur, it necessary that He would help us to really know Him, to bless, worship and praise Him for all His works, and for all that shines forth from them: power, wisdom, kindness, mercy, justice and truth. We are asking that God would be glorified and the first thing we realize is that it involves us!