9/14/19 - 3:00pm - As of right now NSF has running water, but there is a boil advisory in effect. Therefore, we will have all planned services and classes, but we will not be serving coffee or any meals this Sunday.

Psalm 80

Key Verses:

17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Reflection:

Advent took on a whole new meaning for me the Christmas of 2012. As I celebrated that the wait for a Savior is over, I realized that we are in waiting, as we look for and celebrate Christ’s second coming. And that’s a hard place to be when we live in a world that feels very broken and ransacked, just as Psalm 80:12-13 describes. This makes us long for restoration and a new heavens and a new earth.

The hope, though, is found in the phrase that is repeated three times in Psalm 80, “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” As we wait for His second coming, His face is shining on us and He hears our pleas to be regarded.

And not only that, through Christ He restores us and gives us abundant life. Christ equips us to wait well for His second coming.

As you celebrate Christ’s first coming, celebrate and long for His second coming. And as you are in waiting, find hope that His face is shining on you and He is in the process of restoring you.

Laney Stayton

Prayer:

Jesus, as we celebrate your first coming, help us to wait well and look to your second coming! Let us celebrate that future moment when we will see your face shining in full glory! Thank you that our restoration will be complete. We will eternally rest in you and we will dwell with you.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

you who lead Joseph like a flock.

You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
    and come to save us!

Restore us, O God;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!

O Lord God of hosts,
    how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
    you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
    it took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
    the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 It sent out its branches to the sea
    and its shoots to the River.
12 Why then have you broken down its walls,
    so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
    and all that move in the field feed on it.

14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
    Look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
15     the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16 They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
    may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

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