“The same Dathan and Abiram were the community officials who
rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among the followers of
Korah who rebelled against the LORD. The earth opened its mouth
and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the
fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign.
The line of Korah, however, did not die out.” Numbers 26:8-11
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*Call to Worship: Psalm 42
(For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah)
All: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for my living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Leader: My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
People: These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
Leader: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
All: Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
*Hymn of Invocation: #554 “As the Deer”
*Prayer of Invocation
We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord;
We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.
And we offer up to You, the sacrifices of thanksgiving;
And we offer up to You, the sacrifices of joy.
*Responsive Psalm 84
All: How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Leader: Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
People: Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Leader: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
People: Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.
Leader: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
People: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Leader: O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
*Hymn of Response: #77 “Better is One Day”
Scripture Lesson: Numbers 16
Message: “Sons of Korah, Story of Redemption”
*Hymn of Response: #500 “Trust and Obey”
“LORD of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!” Psalm 85:12
“O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.” Psalm 88:1-2
Song: #457 “Be Still and Know”
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
*Benediction: Psalm 87:1–3
“He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God.”
*Hymn of Consecration: #55 “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
*Please stand if able
The flowers this morning are given by Susie McCartney in honor of Betty Lee McPherson and Heather Prant on their birthdays! (We celebrate with Susie as well, who became an octogenarian last Friday!)