Sunday, February 26, 2017

FOR FRIENDS IN NEED INDEED: SCS 107



Sunday, February 26, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 107


PRAYER for Today:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:

Psalm 31 English Standard Version (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

31 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
   let me never be put to shame;
   in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
   rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
   a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
   and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
   for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
   but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
   because you have seen my affliction;
   you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
   you have set my feet in a broad place.
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
   my eye is wasted from grief;
   my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
   and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
   and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
   especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
   those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
   I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
   terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
   as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
   I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
   rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
   save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
   for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
   which speak insolently against the righteous
   in pride and contempt.
19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
   which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
   in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
   from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
   from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
   when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,
   “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
   when I cried to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
   The Lord preserves the faithful
   but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord!


2 Corinthians 1:3-7 English Standard Version (ESV)

God of All Comfort

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.


SERMON for Today:
Only the Word of God and the Holy Spirit can soothe the broken hearts and give solace to the souls of a family who has lost a loved one.


May God Bless You and Your Loved Ones and May God Walk Beside You Each Step You Take This Week. Amen


© Ed Cooper, February 26, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
All rights reserved

(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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