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Be… Still: Psalm 46

Be… Still: Psalm 46

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Be – Lessons From Quarantine. Two-part lessons about what we can learn in quarantine and how those lessons can go beyond quarantine.

Be… Still: Psalm 46, Rev. Benjamin Browneye – Pastor, Riverside Christian Reformed Church.

RIVERSIDE HOME WORSHIP

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

OPENING PRAYER

Heavenly Father.
In You we find our help.
In You we find our security.
In You we find the One who watches over us now and forevermore.

And so, we come before You in this day…

To bring our praise and thanksgiving.
To glory in You, our God.
And to find the comfort and assurance of our faith strengthened by You once again.

Bless us, we pray, as we begin this time of worship.
And send upon us a fresh movement of Your Spirit.
That we might discover anew the wonder of who You are and all You have done.
And find our lives shaped, once again, in hope and for witness.

In Jesus’ Name we pray.
Amen.

OPENING SONG

“When Peace Like A River”

(To be read, sung, or listened to)

Bill & Gloria Gaither Version
(Verses 1,3,4)

Choir Version
(Verses 1-2-4)

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

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and has shed his own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul!

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul.

CHILDREN’S LESSON

(Parents can read this, talk more about it with the kids, or even find visuals to help)

“Our Mighty Fortress”

In home church today, we’re going to learn about God, our Mighty Fortress.
Let’s think about it like this…

Have you ever been scared of something?

Maybe scared of the dark? Or a really bad storm? Or maybe someone at school who is mean? Can you think of something that makes you scared?

It’s no fun to be scared, huh.

Well the Bible talks to us a lot about being scared. Throughout the whole Bible, God tells us over and over “to not be afraid,” because He is always watching over us and we can go to Him to find protection. In fact, many people who have studied the Bible say there are 365 times where we are told to “not be afraid” — that’s one time for each day of the year!

And the reason, is because God is our “Mighty Fortress.”

Have you ever read a story or seen a movie where there was a giant, strong castle? Well, that’s one of the ways God describes Himself in His Word. He’s like a castle, a fortress, that can not be moved or shaken or destroyed — NO MATTER WHAT.

And when we put our trust in Jesus, we are given a place in that Mighty Fortress where God is always, always with us. So, just like when you’re scared of a storm or a bad dream and you can go to your mom or dad for comfort and to be safe…when something in our life is hard and scary, we can all run to God to find the greatest kind of comfort and safety there is because He is the King of the whole-wide-world!

So, it’s just like the Psalmist (that’s a fancy word for song writer in the Bible) says:
“God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
He is always there to help us in times of trouble.”

and
“The Lord who rules over all is with us.
The God of Jacob is like a fort to us.”

Psalm 46:1,11 (NIrV)

Prayer:
(Could be followed by singing the first verse of ‘Jesus Loves Me’)

Dear God, thank you for loving and caring for us. And thank you so much for promising to be our Mighty Fortress, always there to help us in times of trouble. Help us to always run to You when we get scared and keep us safe.

In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

TIME OF OUR CONGREGATION’S PRAYERS

Opening

Almighty God and Loving Heavenly Father,

As we gather together our hearts for worship this morning, and as we do so still bathing in the wonderful afterglow of Easter, we now come before the foot of your throne in prayer with awe and wonder.

For though you are the One who spoke the universe into being — You, O Lord, yet look upon each one of us in favor and know us by name.

Though we have sinned against You in word and deed — You, O Lord, yet look upon us in Love, Mercy, and Grace.

Though we spend so much of our days not mindful of You — You, O Lord, are yet ever mindful of us in Your forever faithfulness.

And though our world and our lives rest amidst the chaotic time of this world-wide pandemic — You, O Lord, yet break through the noise to call us to this time of worship that we might find ourselves centered, once again, in You.

For all of this…and each and every other mercy new each day…Father we come before You in awe and wonder to glorify Your Name.

And in our praise and thanksgiving, we come also with our requests to lay before You.

Personal Prayers for Our World, Congregation, and Ourselves

Closing

And now Father, as we seek to continue on in worship this morning, we pray that You will take joy in our praise, hear our prayers, and bless us in the study of Your Word. That through this time, we might be strengthened in every assurance of our faith. And that our lives might be shaped, in one more way, to bring You glory by what we say and do


We ask this in the perfecting power of Your Spirit, and in Jesus’ precious Name.
Amen.

Be… Still: Psalm 46

Psalms 46:1-11

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’

CLOSING SONG

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

(To be read, sung, or listened to)

Choir Version

Modern Version

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.

For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.

You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.

Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever!

Rev. Benjamin Browneye - Pastor
Speaker: Rev. Benjamin Browneye

Pastor Ben is a 2005 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2012, and has served as a delegate to Synod in 2016.

As Pastor, Ben has a passion for preaching and teaching and has been at Riverside since April of 2013. On the personal side, Ben is an avid outdoorsmen, a loyal Detroit sports fan, and is married to his wife Ellie.

Pastor Ben seeks to preach and teach in an educational and engaging way that brings the deep truth of the Bible into our lives today for every generation.