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What the Lord is Saying to Us in the Midst of COVID- 19

May 3, 2020 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Joel

Topic: What the Lord is Saying to Us in the Midst of COVID- 19 Passage: Joel 1:1–1:20

Call to Worship                                Acts 2:16-21                                                Rev. Sanders

 

 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

RESPONDING TO THE SAVIOR

 

Prayer of Invocation                                                                                              Rev. Sanders

 

Song of Praise                                  Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)                              (Jason)

           

HEARING FROM THE SAVIOR

 

First Gospel Reading                                  Luke 21:8-13                           Rev. Jason Cornwell           

 

And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness.

 

RESPONDING TO THE SAVIOR

 

Song of Reflection                           The Sands of Time Are Sinking (RUF)                     Jason

 

Prayers of the Church                                                                                Dr. Steve Wearden

 

HEARING FROM THE SAVIOR

 

Gospel Reading                               Matthew 6:19-21                                            Dr. Wearden

 

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

RESPONDING TO THE SAVIOR

 

Moment of Contemplation and Worship Through Tithes and Offerings        Dr. Wearden

 

Steve, please frame this as you desire but communicate these items:

  • Please let an elder, deacon, or staff member know if you have any financial hardship during this time.
  • There are instructions for how you can give online or mail in your weekly or monthly giving.
  • You can go to our website now, and under the GIVE tab give your tithe or offering for the week. You can even set up reoccurring giving as you desire.
  • Or mail your givings to 700 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville, SC, 29680.
  • Use this time of contemplation to reflect on Christ resurrection and its implications for your life.

 

 (Jason or music interlude for this moment of contemplation)

 

Please give online at our church website under the “Give” tab or mail your giving’s into Christ Community Church, 700 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville, SC, 29680.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                         Rev. Cornwell

 

Song of Preparation                       My Hope is Built on Nothing Less                            (Jason)

 

HEARING FROM THE SAVIOR

 

Preaching of God’s Word   Joel 1   “Wake Up!”

 

The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel: Hear this, you elders,   give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days,   or in the days of your fathers? Tell your children of it,  and let your children tell their children,  and their children to another generation. What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left,  the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left,  the destroying locust has eaten.

 

Awake, you drunkards, and weep, and wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine, for it is cut off from your mouth. For a nation has come up against my land, powerful and beyond number; its teeth are lions' teeth,  and it has the fangs of a lioness. It has laid waste my vine  and splintered my fig tree; it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down; their branches are made white.

 

Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth. The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off from the house of the Lord. The priests mourn, the ministers of the Lord. 10 The fields are destroyed, the ground mourns, because the grain is destroyed, the wine dries up,  the oil languishes.

 

11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil; wail, O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished. 12 The vine dries up;  the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and apple, all the trees of the field are dried up, and gladness dries up from the children of man.

13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar. Go in, pass the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! Because grain offering and drink offering are withheld from the house of your God.

 

14 Consecrate a fast;  call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders  and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God,  and cry out to the Lord.

 

15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes. 16 Is not the food cut off  before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seed shrivels under the clods; the storehouses are desolate; the granaries are torn down because the grain has dried up. 18 How the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed because there is no pasture for them;  even the flocks of sheep suffer.

 

19 To you, O Lord, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned  all the trees of the field. 20 Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured  the pastures of the wilderness.

 

RESPONDING TO THE SAVIOR

 

SONG OF RESPONSE                                    Satisfied (RUF)                                               (Jason)

 

HEARING FROM THE SAVIOR

 

BENEDICTION                      Adapted from Hebrews 2:1-2 & 2 Corinthians 13:14        Rev. Sanders

 

Go forth paying much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it….less we neglect such a great salvation. And may the grace of Jesus be with you all, Amen.

 


 

Quotes

“Oh Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.”

Charlie Hall

 

Questions for Community Groups, Family & Friends

Sermon Series: What Is God Saying to Us in the Midst of a Pandemic? (#1) “Wake Up!”

  1. What was your top takeaway from today’s sermon?
  2. What were the five things God said through Joel to His people in this text?
  3. How does God’s in this text speak to you amidst our current world crisis?
  4. What are the two sides of the Great Day of judgment?
  5. What is our proper response?
  6. Pray for your elders who have a meeting Monday night to discuss a potential plan for return to some form of our sacred assembly!

Teaser:

"These things are voracious…A swarm the size of Manhattan can, in a single day, eat the same amount of food as everyone in New York and California combined…”

Keith Cressman, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's senior locust forecasting officer

The Wall Street Journal wrote this past week that “Africa was bracing for a record swarm of locusts.” A new swarm is threatening to be the largest ever, threatening food security across much of East Africa as it braces for the full impact of the coronavirus. Imagine that there was a swarm of locusts headed our way on top of the COVID-19 impact. Pray for East Africa. Listen to this from NPR:

 

“The Horn of Africa, one of the world's most impoverished regions, is being ransacked by billions of tiny invaders. Farmers look on in horror as desert locusts moving in vast cloud-like swarms darken the sky. The insects blast through fields of crops at an astonishing pace, decimating livelihoods in the process. The pests crossed the Gulf of Aden and arrived in Somalia and Ethiopia last year. They were spotted in Kenya about two months ago in what has become the worst infestation there in 70 years. The U.N. says the region is already vulnerable to food shortages, and it warns that the international community only has a small window to prevent "looming catastrophe."

 

Swarms of desert locusts more than three times the size of New York City — an estimated 192 billion insects — have been spotted in northeast Kenya…I am not sure it was more than God’s people saw come through in the day of Joel. Swarms of locusts are not unfamiliar to any point of human history, but what is happening in Africa and what the prophet Joel spoke to are unprecedented and all-consuming plagues of locusts. You could say it was kind of like a certain virus pandemic that we have been living through over the last two months; unprecedented impact. And Joel tells us that swarm after swarm came to utterly devastating the economy, and well-being of the people. Sound familiar?

The locusts devasted the land. The whole economy was gone. Flatlined. Their securities gone. Their gladness gone. What do such crisis have to do with God? Well, as Joel’s name puts it, the Lord is God; and He is sovereign over all things including pestilence that comes in infestations and pandemics. And the Lord has much to say to His people in such times that both Joel and we live in. And He intends to speak in such times. Tune in Sunday as God’s message through Joel thousands of years ago, is the same one He has for us today during the current pandemic.

 

 

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