Once again we have the privilege of gathering for worship tomorrow and the LORD our God will surely bless His Word as it is proclaimed to you.
It this word of blessing that we will focus on in the morning sermon on Genesis 49 with the twelve sons of Israel and their respective blessings. The oracle concerning Judah later comes to a glorious climax in Revelation 5:1-10 as an answer to Jacob's plea in the middle of the oracle as he cries out, "I wait for your salvation, O LORD".
We are also waiting and hearing the LORD's word to us and reminded, in Hebrews 2, of our need to respond to that word: "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will." (Hebrews 2:1-4)
In the afternoon, our sermon will be on Colossians 3 which has been selected as this year's Family Visiting Theme. We will consider our calling as believers to live in light of God's wondrous kindness to us in the Son. What are the actions of Adoration that we are to be known for and demonstrate with regularity?