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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Sermon: "How the Mighty Have Fallen"

The preaching passage: 2 Samuel 11:1-37

These books trace the rise of kingship in Israel, beginning with Saul and transitioning to Israel's greatest king, David. The story is fraught with ups and downs for the nation, as well as spectacular displays of righteousness and spectacular forays into sin by the kings themselves. All along, the kingship in Israel directs our gaze to the coming King, who is no mere human king, but is Himself the divine King! The cry of Israel in 1 Samuel 10:24 – "Long live the king!" – was far more significant than they knew. For 2 Samuel 7 tells us of the King who would eventually come, whose throne and Kingdom would be established forever. We know that King to be none other than Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever. So with Israel we cry, "Long live the King!"

This Sunday we'll be looking at one of the most tragic stories in 1-2 Samuel, David's sins of adultery and murder, and what it has to say to us about the nature and power of sin in our own lives today.

Songs we'll sing together include:

“Come Thou Fount” by Robinson & Wyeth (YouTube)

“Holy, Holy, Holy” by Dykes & Heber (YouTube)

"Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy" by Hart & Owen (YouTube)

“Christ Forever” by Poore (CFC)

“There is a Fountain” by Cowper (YouTube)

See you Sunday!