The Beauty of Unity

8/27/17 AM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 133English Standard Version (ESV)
When Brothers Dwell in Unity
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
133 
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity![a]

It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!

It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.
Footnotes:
Psalm 133:1 Or dwell together

Standing By Night In The Lord’s House

August 20, 2017 AM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 134English Standard Version (ESV)

Come, Bless the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
134 
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
    who stand by night in the house of the Lord!

Lift up your hands to the holy place
    and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
    he who made heaven and earth!

Sometimes You Need To Weep

8/13/17 PM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 137English Standard Version (ESV)
How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?
137 
By the waters of Babylon,
    there we sat down and wept,
    when we remembered Zion.

On the willows[a] there
    we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors
    required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song
    in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
    the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
    down to its foundations!”

O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
    blessed shall he be who repays you
    with what you have done to us!

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
    and dashes them against the rock

A Fulfilled Purpose

08/06/2017 PM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 138English Standard Version (ESV)
Give Thanks to the Lord
Of David.
138 
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
    before the gods I sing your praise;

I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
    for you have exalted above all things
    your name and your word.[a]

On the day I called, you answered me;
    my strength of soul you increased.[b]

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth,

and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
    but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Another Baptism Psalm

07/30/17 PM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 139English Standard Version (ESV)
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
139 
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 
even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
13 
For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
17 
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.
19 
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
20 
They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 
I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.
23 
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![

A Thirsting Soul

7/23/17 AM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 143English Standard Version (ESV)
My Soul Thirsts for You
A Psalm of David.
143 
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
    he has crushed my life to the ground;
    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.

Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old;
    I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you;
    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Answer me quickly, O Lord!
    My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
    lest I be like those who go down to the pit.

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
    for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
    I have fled to you for refuge.[a]
10 
Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!
11 
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 
And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your servant

Another Psalm for Baptism

7/9/17 AM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 144 English Standard Version (ESV)
My Rock and My Fortress
Of David.
144 
Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;

he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

O Lord, what is man that you regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?

Man is like a breath;
    his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
    Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
    send out your arrows and rout them!

Stretch out your hand from on high;
    rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of foreigners,

whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God;
    upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 
who gives victory to kings,
    who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 
Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 
May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 
may our granaries be full,
    providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 
may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[b]
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15 
Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
    Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Our Blest Assurance

06/25/17 PM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 146English Standard Version (ESV)
Put Not Your Trust in Princes
146 
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord his God,

who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;

    who executes justice for the oppressed,
    who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;

    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 
The Lord will reign forever,
    your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord

A Man Called Kedar and a Woman Called Keturah

06/25/17 AM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Genesis 25English Standard Version (ESV)
Abraham’s Death and His Descendants
25 Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.

The Work of The Lord

06/18/17 PM Service
Pastor Bob Van Manen

Psalm 147 English Standard Version (ESV)
He Heals the Brokenhearted
147 
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant,[a] and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.

The Lord lifts up the humble;[b]
    he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre!

He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.

He gives to the beasts their food,
    and to the young ravens that cry.
10 
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.
12 
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
13 
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
14 
He makes peace in your borders;
    he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 
He sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 
He gives snow like wool;
    he scatters frost like ashes.
17 
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
    who can stand before his cold?
18 
He sends out his word, and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 
He declares his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and rules[c] to Israel.
20 
He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his rules.[d]
Praise the Lord

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