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Sunday, August 20, 2017, 10:00 AM
Marshall High School Auditorium
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
Psalm 23 is a well-known psalm that starts, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want [or lack]” and ends with “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Long before it was written on plaques and put up on living room and bathroom walls, Psalm 23 was a very important psalm for ancient Israel as those people waited for God to send (and be) a righteous king-shepherd. (Kings were often depicted in the ancient world as “shepherds” of peoples).
This awaited shepherd-king would rule the whole world with goodness and mercy. And this king would host a banquet, a feast, for all peoples of the world, to kick off an age when his persecuted people would be vindicated, God would wipe tears from all faces, and death itself will die (see Isaiah 25:6-8 and Revelation 21:4).
Who is this shepherd-king who invites us to his banquet table? Jesus says it’s him. He rules us with goodness and mercy and lets us experience his feast, his banquet—the big one when death dies, and, until then, his constant, never-failing grace to us, abundant like food at a banquet table, a feast.
Maybe the strangest thing Jesus says about being our divine shepherd is that “the shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). But that’s what he did, killed on the cross for our sake. So we say with sincerity and awe: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want . . . Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Order of Worship
God’s Invitation; Psalm 36:6-8
Corporate Confession of Sin
Grace; 1 John 1:8-9
“His Banner over Me” (K. Prosch © 1991 Mercy / Vineyard) (CCLI License 2435897);
“O Praise the Name (Anástasis)” (B.Hastings, D. Ussher, M. Sampson ©2015 Hillsong Music);
“Psalm 23: Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy” (S. Barnard © 2015 Songs From Wellhouse);
“Jesus What a Savior” (K. Kaple © 2017 Housefires)
Prayers of the People: Thanks and Intercession
“The Wonder of the Gospel”
Our Response of Faith and Thanks
“Build My Life” (B. Younker et al © 2016 Housefires)