"And what is this valley called?" "We call it now simply Wisdom's Valley; but the oldest maps mark it as the Valley of Humiliation." (The Pilgrim's Regress, C.S. Lewis)
Let this prelude, with the faces of our congregation, remind us of the body of believers at Westminster and prepare our hearts to join virtually together in worship!
Take turns leading the call to worship; read the bold sections together.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
We begin in the name of the Lord who made us.
Let us sing and worship together as we praise God's holy name.
Take turns reading the confession, joining for the bold portions.
Father, some of us come to you this morning with weary souls. We are weary of waiting to know what tomorrow will bring. We are weary of political maneuvering. We are weary of sickness and death. We are weary of boredom.
Father, we confess in our weariness we have failed to see your glory.
Father, some of us come to you this morning with angry hearts. We are angry at all the change the virus has caused to our lives. We are angry at those we live with for not understanding us or meeting our needs. We are angry that we can't go where we want, and do what we want.
We are angry at our loss of freedom.
Father, we confess in our anger we have failed to enjoy your goodness.
Father, some of us come to you this morning with fearful thoughts. We fear that we won't have money to pay our bills. We fear that we might not see people we love before they die. We fear that we might die.
We fear that we will have to give up meeting together as a church for more months. We fear that our future plans will have to change yet again.
Father, we confess in our fears we have failed to trust your sovereignty.
Forgive us for shutting our eyes to your glorious goodness and for our lack of faith.
Take a few moments to silently confess your sins.
Proclaim this assurance together:
Hear the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ, we have been forgiven. Hallelujah!
We reached out to the gospel partners that our church supports financially to ask them to give us a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Ben Thomas (Director of Kigali International Community School) in Rwanda.
Take time today to discuss the sermon, or pray through the areas where you were challenged or encouraged. Some possible questions are below.
1. The book of Job is part of the Hebrew Wisdom literature which teaches how to live the good, or blessed, life. What do you normally turn to as you seek the good life? Why is the book of Job a surprising source for how to live the good life?
2. Job's success is about to be taken away. How might that teach him (and us) wisdom?
3. What caught your attention in the sermon and why?
Sing (or say) these words as you head into another week.
*This chorus was from the closing song in the Good Friday service if you don't know the tune.
For the Lord is good and faithful,
He will keep us day and night.
You can always run to Jesus.
Jesus, strong and kind.
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