The Log Church Bulletin
January 10, 2021
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Call to Worship
We can be grateful that the presence of the Lord is in this place. As we look at the events unfolding in our country, we do not see the glory of God on the faces of our citizens. We instead see anger, we see hatred, and we see a rising sentiment of hubris.
But it is not the pride of man that will bring about true reform. True reform can only come about through an attitude of humility combined with the fear of God.
We are grateful for the enduring teachings of the Scripture. We are grateful for God’s mighty power and His grace. We are grateful to be able to meet together in this place that we call a “sanctuary.” In many ways it is a safe haven, because it is here that we speak not merely of matters that affect us today, but more importantly, we speak of eternal matters—those things that will affect us for all time and for eternity.
Sovereign Lord of all creation, perhaps now as much as at any time in recent history, we realize the need in our nation for your truths. At this moment, we need healing and we need your intervention. Thank you for your continued leading in our land. Amen.
Song of Worship #8 – I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
Selected Reading – Psalm 89:1-2; 5
I will sing of the loving devotion of the LORD forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, “Loving devotion is built up forever; in the heavens You establish Your faithfulness.”
The heavens praise Your wonders, O LORD—Your faithfulness as well—in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can compare with the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD?
In the council of the holy ones, God is greatly feared, and awesome above all who surround Him.
O LORD God of Hosts, who is like You?
O mighty LORD, Your faithfulness surrounds You.
You rule the raging sea; when its waves mount up, You still them.
Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, we have been saying this for many weeks now, but it remains true that we are living in perilous times. America is not the safe haven, as we used to think of it when most of us were growing up. Not only is it now even dangerous in many places, but it is increasingly growing so.
Help us in these days to realize that there is no earthly government that can offer us true security. Help us to see that our only hope is in your promises. Amen
Words of Assurance
Here are some words from what is known as “the Last Song of David.” It may give us perspective in these days:
“Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation and my every desire? But the worthless are all like thorns raked aside, for they can never be gathered by hand. The man who touches them must be armed with iron or with the shaft of a spear. The fire burns them to ashes in the place where they lie.” (2 Samuel 23:5-7)
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith – #33 – All Hail the Power
OT –Psalm 91:1-6
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.
He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon.
NT – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.
Responsorial Reading: from Psalm 63
O God, You are my God. Earnestly I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You. My body longs for You, in a dry and weary land without water.
So I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and glory.
Because Your loving devotion is better than life, my lips will glorify You.
So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift my hands.
My soul is satisfied as with the richest of foods; with joyful lips my mouth will Praise You.
When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night.
For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
Message A Faith that Stumbled
Song of Unity #264 in the old hymnal – In the Garden
Prayer of Intercession
Dear Lord, each of us has many questions about the future years in our country—even the future months. We may have also some questions about our own futures—what they hold for us. Thank you that you have promised to always be with us, loving us and caring for us.
Although we cannot know all that will come, we pray for those of us from our own church who face what we see as especially uncertain futures. Whether it be in health or finances, family or employment, we pray that you would give them assurance that you will carry you through.
We pray for the new administration of our country as they prepare to take office. It is a difficult time, and the challenges are great. We do not know how many of the people that will be involved are truly seeking your guidance, but we pray that you will give to them sound judgment.
We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. Bless them with food, and please provide clothing and the means to attend school.
We pray for every private request in each of our hearts. Many carry concerns and worries that they do not share freely. We pray that you would meet each need.
Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.
Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen
Closing Song #9 – I Love You Lord
Benediction and prayer