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Worship at Living Hope Online
Welcome back to in-person worship!
We are now able to worship in-person- 55 in the sanctuary and 33 in the fellowship hall. We will continue to offer the service online as well.
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
In worship we hear the gospel of Jesus Christ which assures us that we can rest in his work done for us. In a frantic world where people often worry about what they cannot control, it is good to be reminded that all things are under the providence of God. God is in control. We believe Jesus Christ who was crucified is also now risen from the dead, and he reigns as Lord over the whole world. By grace, through faith in him, we rest in New Life in a New Creation.
It’s easy to say, “Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.” It’s better to live it out. Today we have heard the story of a man named Achan from Joshua 7:1-26. This is not simple text to hear and the conclusion is rather disturbing. However, in this text we can see a dramatic depiction of the positive side of the Third Commandment which says, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” A more literal translation says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who takes his name in vain.” To “live by the Spirit” is to bring glory to God’s Holy Name. We do this by living faithfully for God in the Kingdom of God. All of us who are baptized into the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, carry with us this Holy Name of God into every area of life. The Holy Name of God is a name to be used with reverence and awe so that God’s people may confess him, pray to him, and praise him in everything they do and say.