Truth we Confess: The Nicene Creed

This week, and for the upcoming weeks through Christmas, we will be using the Nicene Creed during our confession of faith. Here I would like to post the creed itself, a little history about it, and why we are using it. First, why creeds? A Creed is simply a statement of belief. A creed is…

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Preparing for this Sunday at Emmaus

This Sunday morning we will begin our study in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. The plan is to cover the context and situation of the book and then study the entire first chapter together. You will notice as you read this first chapter that Habakkuk is pretty straight forward, even brazen in his speech to God. It is this presumption that helps to…

Sunday Mornings in September: Habakkuk

This September, on Sunday mornings, we will begin a study in the Book of Habakkuk. This book is written with brazen honesty by a man who did not understand what was happening in the world around him. In fact, he even found himself questioning God’s character and his commitment to his people. It is a…

Preparing for Sunday at Emmaus

    Here is the Liturgy for Sunday morning as you prepare to gather together this weekend. Call to Worship “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:1-3 ESV) Congregational Song #1:  Holy, Holy, Holy Confession of Sin “Make every effort to supplement your faith…with knowledge” (2 Pet 1:5 ESV) Assurance of Pardon “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40 ESV) Congregational Song #2: Shine Into Our Night…

Preparing for Sunday at Emmaus (Judges 4)

Having finished up our study in Hebrews and before I begin a short preaching break, I feel that we would be well served with a quick trip to the Old Testament. I was reading this passage earlier in the week for devotions and it struck me with how God-ward salvation is. Take some time to read through this passage, especially if you haven’t read…