I read recently of two elderly women at a church in Kentucky were discussing the problems of growing older. One lady commented, “The worst thing is when your memory starts to go. I’ve known you all my life and I can’t think of your name. What is it?” The second lady thought for a moment and said, “Do you need an answer right now?”
Memory is important! And we all have memories we share. We all have a faith story – the way God has worked in our lives.
Psalm 105 is filled with the memory of what God has done for us. We are reminded of His deeds (v. 1), His “wonderful works” (v. 2), His “miracles” and even his “judgments” (v. 5). And all of this is based on his covenant, which he remembered forever (v. 8).
We read in v. 1: “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name.” This is a call to worship for the people of God! God deserves this gratitude because he has done wonderful works and because he has remembered his covenant forever (v. 8). The psalmist continues, “call upon his name.” This may mean calling out his name, or it may mean calling on his name to answer our prayers. Just speaking the name of God evokes His presence and His authority. Knowing His name also assumes we have a personal relationship with Him.
Worship then turns to witness at the end of v. 1: “make known his deeds among the peoples.” These “deeds” will be made known throughout this psalm.
In v. 2 we are exhorted to “sing to the [Lord].” And we are called to “tell of all his wonderful works.” That is to say, we are to tell of all of his supernatural interventions. We don’t talk about “miracles” very much today; but the Hebrews reveled in them.
I encourage you to consider the question, “Are you aware of God’s hand at work in your faith story? Do you remember the people who have influenced your life for Christ? Do you remember the ways your parents, Sunday school teachers, or a dear Christian friend intersected your life just when you needed them? Then, let us give thanks to the Lord, who remembers his covenant with us – and let us remember His mighty acts in our lives. (1) Write them down. (2) Celebrate them. And (3) share them with others!
In Pastor Glen’s absence this Sunday, Mike Adams will be proclaiming God’s Word. We look forward to welcoming Mike back to Hope!! His message will be “In the Way,” based upon Luke 10:25-37. Please read this text in preparation for worship!
Adult Sunday school
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Deborah Kleinschuster and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will study Matthew 13 and some of Jesus’ wonderful parables! Pease bring your Bible!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
Support Hope Community Church by choosing us as your Amazon Smile charity. Simply login to Amazon. In the upper left corner, Click Amazon Smile. If you are supporting a charity already, you will see that name. Click the dropdown arrow. Click “Change Charity”. Search for “Hope Community Church Waynesboro”. Click and select.
Come to Exploring Hope! Exploring Hope is a gathering designed to communicate a brief overview of what is important to us here at Hope Community Church. The information will include a look at what we believe, our values, our focus, our direction, and how to get connected. The class can lead to membership! Our next Exploring Hope Class will be on February 20 and 27 during the Sunday school hour in the smaller Sunday school room. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pastor Glen!
The Impact You Are Making
You can visit our website and go to the Outreach Page.
Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us in prayer as, together, seek the Lord’s face!
Contagious Disease Preparedness Plan
The Session adopted a Contagious Disease Preparedness Plan to support our church family, as well as our visitors. We want to be supportive of our entire church family, as well as our community in this season of increased cases of COVID-19, including the new omicron variant. The plan has been sent to our members for reflection and feedback and is available at the church.
Richard Jessee (2/10); Matt Lucas (2/14)