Life Notes

My Soul Waits- Psalm 130

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and writer, composed a poem called, “Who Am I”, a month before he was executed for treason by the Nazi government. He ends that poem in which he expresses his doubts about his true identity in the face of imprisonment and evil with these words:  “Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.                             Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.”

Psalm 130 calls out to a God who cares for us as a father cares for his children. He is our Holy Father who loves, forgives and redeems us. How does that affect us and direct us as we ask the question, “Who Am I?”

What does our life, our action, our worship show is in our hearts? Do we acknowledge that we have a need of a forgiving God? Are we in awe of what God has done and does for us? Or do we act and worship as if we doubt that we really need a God?

 

Does your soul wait for the Lord? Do the words and hope of Psalm 130 fit you, that is match your beliefs and understanding of life? By God’s grace, we say yes and know, believe and live the words of Bonhoeffer, “Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.”

 

Question of the week: Psalm 130 is one of the seven penitential psalms. The others are 6, 32, 38, 51,102 and 143. The authors of Psalm 102 & 130 are not known but we do know that David wrote the rest. Penitential means repentance. Why is it necessary that we repent when we sin?

 

 

Answer: Without repentance there can be no forgiveness. Jesus said, “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish). ” (Luke 13:3; 17:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9

                                Calendar   

 

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                         10:30 am

March 29Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Palm Sunday Service- Pastor Ken Sype  10:30 am

April 3–      Good Friday Service                                    7:00 pm

April 5     Easter Sunday                                           10:30 am

(No Sunday School and LifeGroups)                

April 26–    Confirmation Sunday

                       

 

                         We Are Moving In!- 200 Fletcher

 

Great news! Both the City Inspector  and the State Fire Marshal have given us the go ahead for occupancy so Word of Life’s first worship service in our LifeCenter will be  Sunday March 22nd.

 

There is some work to be done but it does not have to be done before Sunday. The work is fairly minor and most will be done by the contractors.

 

Praise God and blessings and thanks to all. Pastor

Life Notes

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                            You Are My Refuge- Psalm 142

 

Imagine you have just entered a cave. You had to walk stooped over the first 20 feet of entrance and then the cave opened up. You stand tall and now your light shows a vast dark cavern of open space. It is damp, dark and cold.

 

David used a cave for a hideout when fleeing for his life and during that time wrote Psalm 142. What do you expect this psalm to say? Would David talk about being safe?

 

Is a cave a safe place? Certainly you can find shelter and protection in a cave. But the security of protective walls with only one entrance/exit also brings solitude, isolation, darkness and a self-imposed entrapment. What were his thoughts and concerns? Did he ask, “Where are you God?”

 

The prophet Samuel, following God’s instructions, had anointed him King of Israel and there he was a fugitive in a cave. Did God really care? What is your situation? Does God care about you? After all, you are also anointed!

 

 

 

Question of the week: Why did David have to flee from King Saul?

 

Answer: Saul wanted to kill David knowing that David was a threat to him remaining as king. Saul told Jonathan his son, “As long as that son of Jesse (David) is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!” 1 Samuel 20:31

 

 

March 15-   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

                  My Refuge and Strength- Psalm 142         10:30 am

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

                  My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                           10:30 am

 

 

 

                       

                        LifeCenter Update- Need Fire Marshall Approval


Word of Life has set up an inspection for our LifeCenter from the State Fire Marshal on March 17th. There is a possibility to have our first service in the LifeCenter on March 22 but more probable is for Good Friday to be our first service in our new church. As soon as we find out the date of the first service in the LifeCenter, we will post it. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.