This Sunday, we look at the penultimate (second to last!) song in the psalms of ascents: Psalm 133. The theme of Psalm 133 is community. How fitting that our sermon text celebrates the joy of being together, because Sunday is our unity service, which will be followed by our church picnic; we can indeed enjoy the beauty of belonging to the family of God on August 26.
Music: "O, How I Love Jesus" a Traditional American Melody, Gigi Sitzenstock, soloist
We are beginning a new sermon series entitled “Ascend: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” We will be looking at Psalms 120-134, which are known as the Songs of Ascents. Three times a year, the Hebrew people were commanded to go to Jerusalem to the great worship festivals, and these psalms were likely sung by pilgrims as they traveled. Topographically Jerusalem is the highest city in Palestine, and so all who traveled there spent much of their time ascending. Climbing uphill requires much more grit than going downhill, so these songs are fortifying, encouraging, always pointing us to our prize: God.