Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Janell Zuercher0
Worship: April 17th, 2016
On Sunday, April 17th, Pastor Tony continued his sermon series in Isaiah: The Lord Saves, preaching from Isaiah 33. The main message was that hitting rock bottom leaves only one choice for God’s children- repentance and trust in God.
8:30 am Early Worship Service
9:45 am Children’s Sunday School
10:00 am Youth and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Late Worship Service
6:00 pm Evening Prayer & Study
Text: Isaiah 33
 Ah, you destroyer, who yourself have not been destroyed, you traitor, whom none has betrayed! When you have ceased to destroy, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betraying, they will betray you.  O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.  At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered,  and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon.  The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,  and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.  Behold, their heroes cry in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.  The highways lie waste; the traveler ceases. Covenants are broken; cities are despised; there is no regard for man.  The land mourns and languishes; Lebanon is confounded and withers away; Sharon is like a desert, and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.  “Now I will arise,” says the LORD, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.  You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you.  And the peoples will be as if burned to lime, like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.”  Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge my might.  The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,  he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.  Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.  Your heart will muse on the terror: “Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute? Where is he who counted the towers?”  You will see no more the insolent people, the people of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend, stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand.  Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken.  But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass.  For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.  Your cords hang loose; they cannot hold the mast firm in its place or keep the sail spread out. Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided; even the lame will take the prey.  And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
Hymn of Adoration:# 75 O Father, You Are Sovereign
Hymn or Spiritual Songs: # 116 For the Beauty of the Earth
Hymn of Response: # 441 Jesus Shall Reign
Dismissal Hymn: # 441 Jesus Shall Reign (5)
Additional Reading: Psalm 23
 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Full Liturgy for April 17th, 2016 (PDF)
Sermons from the Exposition of Isaiah
(click on the link for the sermon page with audio)