Last night we had a rich time of worship and fellowship at Solomon’s Porch. We have been trying to come up with creative ways to include our children during the worship time. We want them to see the worship time as their time of worship with mom and dad, not just something for mom and dad. Every time we are together we include a Children’s Bible Story, Catechism Questions, and a color page for them to color during the sermon. Last night, for the first time Mrs. Jennifer Pickens led our time of singing by gathering the children around her and teaching them the first stanza of each of the songs. Once they had the tune, the children were able to help Mrs. Jennifer lead the congregation in our time of song.
Each week at Solomon’s Porch we begin with a time of silence, Scripture reading, and reflection called “Preparing our Hearts”. We encourage the Lord’s people to take a few minutes in silence with the Father before we all enter into the Lord’s presence together as His people.
What follows is Psalm 8 which was our “Preparing Our Hearts” Scripture reading from last night, and our “Corporate Prayer” (which was an original composition by Jeremy Mack based on Psalm 8 and Hebrews 4), and the weekly hymn. Each week of the month our worship follows a different Gospel theme. This weeks over all worship theme was “Creation”. We encourage you, if you’d like, to use this in your devotional time with the Lord some time this week.
As a side note, we began a new Sunday Night Sermon Series in the Book of Hebrews (listen to Part 1 click here) last night as well. Look for the audio to come out on the blog over the next couple of days along with a follow-up article. Grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Psalm 8 “Preparing our Hearts”
LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Our Father, Your name is majestic and your glory above the Heavens.
The enemy is frozen in fear when even the weakest among us, our children, proclaim the truth of Your strength. When we consider the vastness of your Creation, and then realize it is but the work of Your fingers, our hearts are amazed by the love shown to us by Your Son on the Cross.
“We see him, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Thank you for the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Name, AMEN
Hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King“
performed by Fernando Ortega
Scripture Reading for this Week