Based on our Sunday evening Worship
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 Daniel 9:17-19 which was our “Preparing Our Hearts” Scripture reading from last night, our “Thought for Reflection”, Corporate Prayer, the weekly hymn, and Scripture readings. Each week of the month our worship follows a different Gospel theme. This weeks over all worship theme was “sin and repentance”. We encourage you, if you’d like, to use this in your devotional time with the Lord some time this week.
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Thought for Reflection
So the life of man upon the earth is a life away from the (manifest) Presence, wrenched loose from that “blissful center” which is our right and proper dwelling place, our first estate which we kept not, the loss of which is the cause of our unceasing restlessness.
The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of the foul revolt, and to bring us back again into right and eternal relationship with Himself. This required that our sins be disposed of satisfactorily, that a full reconciliation be effected and the way opened for us to return again into a conscious communion with God and to live again in the Presence as before
From the Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
We ask for your favor to be upon your Church.
Forgive us Lord for the hypocrisy and double mindedness we often see in ourselves. Hear our pleas, not because we are good, but because you are good. Hear the cry of our heart because Christ has secured mercy and forgiveness for us. It is Christ that has opened the way for us and it is in Christ that You have made your face to shine upon us. Do not delay to revive us for we are Your people. We are your Temple, we are citizens of that Heavenly New Jerusalem, and Christ is our King. We are awaiting our new names, and we come only in His.
In Jesus Name
Psalm 95 is not the version that we sang, but you will love the “Sons of Korah”