Saturday, December 12, 2020

Public Worship as Spiritual Warfare (2020.12.12 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)

Hopewell Herald – December 12, 2020

Dear Congregation,

One of the things that we have noted as we move through the “prayer passages” in the book of Revelation is how almost every time the Lord is about to do something marvelous, it begins with the prayers of His people—especially and specifically the praises of His people. They proclaim His glory and greatness, and then He demonstrates that glory and greatness in action.

Those who are following the M’Cheyne calendar will find a similarity here with something that occurred in the reigns of both Hezekiah and Jehoshaphat. God’s people called upon His Name and basically had a worship service, and the Lord acted decisively and majestically to deliver them and to devastate their enemies.

When we come to consider Ephesians 6:13–16 in the evening sermon next week (and on Thursday, for those making good use of the Hopewell @Home), we will find that corporate worship is of the essence of the armor of God and the imbuing of His people with His strength for His battle.

Even (especially) our babies get to participate in this. God has ordained strength to come out of their mouths as they prattle along in the public worship of God, “O Yahweh, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger” (Ps 8:1–2). The Lord Jesus’s own paraphrase of this is “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise” (Matt 21:16).

Certainly, God has assigned unto us many duties in the home and in the nation where He has placed us, during these particular and trying times in which He has placed us. And, He has assigned unto us many other duties in the church.

But tomorrow, on His holy day, in His holy assembly, He calls us to a duty that has sometimes been a precursor to the glorious breaking out of His mighty power in behalf of His church!

Looking forward to praising His great glory with you, as out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants He brings that strength which He has ordained,


LORD'S DAY – December 13, 2020

9:50 a.m. Breakfast Line Opens

10 a.m. Sabbath School
This week, we’ll have Q&A regarding that more closely biblical and confessional form of public worship to which we will be moving next month. The info sheet for it is attached.


11 a.m. Public Worship
Children’s Catechism for Dec 13
Q59. How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit? A. God has told us that we must pray to Him for the Holy Spirit.
Shorter Catechism for Dec 13
Q67. Which is the sixth commandment? A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.

Psalms and Hymns
TPH429 “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   
ARP45B “Daughter, Incline Your Ear” 
TPH138A “With All My Heart, My Thanks I Bring”

Scripture Text for first portion of worship service
1Samuel 7:3–12

Scripture Readings
1Samuel 26
Ephesians 6:10–13
Luke 10:38–42

Sermon Scripture text and topic

We will be hearing from Genesis 41:1–45 about how God Humbles the Proud and Exalts the Lowly

12:45 p.m. Coffee Fellowship and Catechism Class

1 p.m. Fellowship Lunch & Open Mic Time
Members are encouraged to bring way more than enough, so that there will be plenty for everyone, including any members or guests who are deciding last-minute whether or not to stay.

At open mic time, we’ll begin with birthdays and anniversaries and recitations of the memory verse: Genesis 41:16So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

2:30 p.m Psalm/hymn Sing

3:30 p.m. Evening Sermon from
Ephesians 6:10–13, Briefed and Commissioned for Spiritual Battle

Hopewell this Month

Hopewell’s Presbytery Prayer Focus for December
In Christ ARP Church in Los Angeles, CA

December Psalm of the Month
ARP45B Daughter, Incline Your Ear

Upcoming Events

•December 14, Elders’ Meeting, 6 p.m.
•Wednesday, December 16, Prayer Meeting. 6:30p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We pray for a solid hour, splitting into groups to balance praying corporately with giving everyone an opportunity to pray out loud as much as possible.
•December 19, Leadership (men’s and boys’) breakfast, 6:30 a.m.

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