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August 30, 2020

God as Comforter

We'll continue our study of Nehemiah this week and will sing about God as our Comforter.

Prelude – "Sovereign Over Us"

This is our angle for the morning as we sing about God as our Comforter. His providence is always at work for the good of his people. He is sovereign over us and we can find true and abiding peace knowing that whatever comes, he reigns. "Your plans are still to prosper. You have not forgotten us. You're with us in the fire and the flood. You're faithful forever, perfect in love. You are sovereign over us."

"This Is My Father's World"

We'll begin the corporate singing by leaning into the last verse of the hymn. There is a plan and he is in control over all creation: "This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet. This is my Father's world, the battle is not done, Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be one.

"Christ Our Hope in Life and Death"

Any of the verses to this song would've worked for the morning. I'll highlight the second one for you: "What truth can calm the troubled soul? God is good, God is good. Where is his grace and goodness known? In our great Redeemer's blood. Who holds our faith when fears arise? Who stands above the stormy trial? Who sends the waves that bring us nigh unto the shore, the rock of Christ?"

"It Is Well With My Soul"

We'll conclude the corporate singing with the opportunity to proclaim that whatever we face, we can endure it with peace in our souls. The God of all Comfort is the only one who can give that peace so let this be our prayer unto that end! "When peace like a river attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, 'it is well, it is well with my soul.'"

Response – "In Christ Alone"

We'll respond to the word preached and be sent back into the world with the gospel truth as well as the title of God as Comforter on our lips. May you go with confidence, peace, and comfort into whatever the Lord has in store. "In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand."