Psalm 147 - Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!
This week (August 9th/12th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, the congregation will continue its study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book). Services this week will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9). Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals! He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him. Firstfruits. Festival of Weeks. And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering). The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round. And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it! To shout it! To share it! To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"
I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!
II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel
Psalm 145 - Lord, Every Day I Will Praise You!
The following week (August 16th/19th), Pastor Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 145. The sermon theme comes from verse 2, where King David writes about his Lord: "I will praise your name for ever and ever." Psalm 145 is, from start to finish, all about giving thanks to the Lord. Thankfulness is to be the hallmark of our Christian life. David can shout: "Lord, every day I will praise you!” Every day? Isn't that a bit much? Didn't David ever have an off day? A bad day? Sure he did! So do we! Yet, at the end of the day, that's not what King David focused on. Instead, he shouts to the world: "LORD, EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU!"
I. For making me!
II. For preserving me!
III. For saving me!
Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).