SONGS OF THE BIBLE
Psalms are the songs of the Bible. Many texts of hymns in the 1982 Hymnal are paraphrased psalms. Psalms are often written in poetic or other symbolic form. Psalm 145 in the original Hebrew is in acrostic form. Each line begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in sequential order. A paraphrase of its first 12 verses is used in hymn 414, “God, my King, thy might confessing” The text is by Richard Mart (1776-1848). It is a psalm if praise. Enjoy this simple rendition.
Hymn 414, God My King Thy Might Confessing
PSALMS PROJECT - NEW VIDEOS ADDED (Psalm 4)
With the addition of Psalm 4 we now have Eighteen Psalms posted on YouTube. Look forward to Psalms 23, 103, 121 and 150 being added throughout the week. You can view them by clicking here
. Invite your friends to view them and use them in your daily devotions. The psalms are primarily hymns and they need to be spoken and/or sung in order to receive the full impact of what they are saying to us and for us.
There are plenty more Psalms to be recorded. If you would like to participate or have already participated and would like to record some more Psalms contact Fr. Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP TO RESUME
The numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, people on ventilators and the positivity rate have all been decreasing over the last several weeks. This is encouraging but we need to remember that COVID-19 hasn't and isn't going away. It's simply being contained by the wearing of masks, social distancing and hand washing.
That said, we will begin gathering in-person again on September 27. This date will allow us to thoroughly assess any COVID-19 related issues that may arise on Labor Day or are connected to kids going back to school. We will monitor both situations and if they create significant problems we will push back our opening date.
In addition, the Bishop has lifted restrictions on gathering for Sunday School, Bible Studies and various other meetings beginning September 14. This does not mean we will go back to in-person meetings right away, but does mean we can begin to make plans and come up with protocols for these meetings.
We will continue with one service at 9 AM for the foreseeable future. The KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE DURING WORSHIP guidelines are still in full affect and will be until there is some sort of treatment and/or vaccine. Click Here
to read them. Please not there is one change from the previous guidelines - face masks will be required
We will continue to offer services via YouTube for those of you who are not able or would prefer not to attend in-person worship. Click here to watch last Sunday's service
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - SEPTEMBER 17 AT 10:00 AM VIA ZOOM
We continue with our study of the Prophets. This week we will take an in-depth look at Hosea 8:1-10:15. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation
- Why does Hosea sound the alarm? What is the danger? Why do eagles hover? What sorts of things do we do today that break the covenant? (Chap 8, 9, 10)
- How did men become kings in Israel at the time of Hosea (2 kings 15:10,14,25,30)
- How will Israel reap what she sows? (Chap 8)
- Despite Israel's infidelities what is God's intent for his people? (Chap 8)
- Various fertility cults were common among the people. What link do you see between these cults and the harvest? What do these fertility rites say about who gave the increase? How does God regard Israel's offerings and sacrifice? (Chap 9)
- What had Israel done for many years with God's blessing? What should they have done with the "sacred stones" present in the land (Deut. 16:21-22) As a result, what happened? What will God do now? (Chap 10)
- In addition to their Idols, in what had Israel been trusting? What will happen to both of these "security blankets"? (Chap 10)
- What was the lesson for Israel? How is Hosea applying this lesson in the present circumstance? What is the "double sin" of Israel? What is the yoke she can expect? (Chap 10)
A LITTLE HUMOR
“I might not be a good singer but I will praise and worship God with all my heart. I might not be the best dancer but I will dance for the Lord all the days of my life.”