May 9, 2021
O may His love, immortal flame, tune every heart and tongue. —Anne Steel
Each of the hymns in this morning’s service elaborates on some aspect of the call for the Christian to be witnesses for the Gospel “in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). In the opening and...
May 3, 2021
After spending 11 verses establishing his authority as an
apostle and the accompanying rights and privileges to which
he is entitled, Paul makes what could be an unexpected turn: refusing the comforts of material gain. He does not assert
his rights, preferring instead to “endure anything rather than put an obstacle in...
Apr 26, 2021
In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul develops a principle that he has set out in the previous chapters: dealing with interactions between brethren with wisdom and care. Just as he answers questions on human relationships with pastoral tenderness in chapter 7, here the apostle deals with a religious controversy with practical...
Apr 18, 2021
Light of the anxious heart,
Jesus, Thou dost appear
To bid the gloom of guilt depart and shed Thy sweetness here.
—Bernard of Clairvaux
Just as Paul warns his readers in 1 Corinthians 7 to be “free from anxieties,” the hymns we sing this morning develop themes of setting aside worldly fears in favor of the rest we...
Apr 11, 2021
Teach us, then, by humble means,
whether rich or poor,
In times of hunger help us lean upon the gracious stores, Christ our gracious store.
In today’s sermon text, we find Paul encouraging us towards contentment: “…let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God...