Preparation for Worship (2/6/16)

Scripture to consider: Isaiah 53.6

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Thought to ponder:

“There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs,’ all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented—as an author invents characters in a novel—all the different [people] that you & I were intended to be. In that sense our real selves are all waiting for us in Him.”

—C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 190

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This Weekend at First (2/5/16)

Here’s what’s going on at First Baptist NYC this weekend and following!

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 6pm: Worship Team Vision Casting Dinner

photo courtesy of river city chicago

If you would like to serve during our Sunday worship services, please make your plans to attend a dinner at the church tomorrow night. This includes people of a wide variety of interests: from instrumentalists, singers, and worship leaders, to audio-visual volunteers and setup/teardown crews. Please contact Steven Mann to RSVP.

Sunday at 9.45am: Sunday School

Sunday at 10.40am: Pre-service prayer meeting

Sunday at 11am: Sunday worship service

Here are the songs we plan to sing:

  • “Come People of the Risen King”
  • “Immortal, Invisible”
  • “The Look”
  • “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
  • “The Power of the Cross”
  • “And Can It Be?”

These songs and more can be found on our free Spotify playlist.

The sermon text will be Isaiah 53.6. We plan to celebrate the Lord’s Table as part of our worship.

Sunday during and after worship: Safe Families for Children

We will be joined in worship by representatives of Safe Families for Children, an initiative to serve needy parents in the city by providing emergency, temporary hospitality for at risk children. You’ll hear more about them during the worship service, then have the opportunity to ask questions after the service in the Chapel. Let’s pray that the Spirit would give us wisdom as we consider how we might have a part in this very important ministry.

Sunday, February 21 at 12.45pm: Annual Meeting Adjournment

The Annual Meeting will resume Sunday, February 21 at 12.45pm. When the meeting resumes, we will vote on more new members (yeah!!!), the 2016 budget, and a range of officers. These members are finishing their terms:

  • Deacon: Winston J, Nick P
  • Trustee: Elsie C, Wendy C, Jan R
  • Clerk: Donna S

 

Coming soon: New Members Class

We are making plans for our next New Members Class. If you are interested in participating, please email Daniel Koo at info@firstnyc.org.

What’s your birthday?

Chrisanne Kusmarski is updating our database of members’ birthdays. Could you please help? Just look for her after the service to make sure that we have your correct information. And don’t worry—you don’t have to share your birth year.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Beaten but Vindicated: The Third Servant Song

Last Sunday I told the story of how, after picking out a Hot Wheel at Kmart, I frantically searched for my mom who was shopping elsewhere in the store. That incident illustrated last week’s passage: just as I thought my mom had forgotten or perhaps even abandoned me, the people living through the Babylonian Captivity would conclude from their misery that God had forsaken them (Isa 49.14). But to them God had a message: his love for them was greater than they could ever imagine.

But last week I didn’t give the end of the story, namely, what happened when my mom found me. I felt that strange mix of emotions that we all experience at times. On the one hand, I was greatly relieved: she did love, she hadn’t forgotten about me, she hadn’t abandoned me. But at the same time I was upset: “Where were you? Why did you put me through that?”

And this reaction illustrates today’s passage. After God’s reassurance of his love for the people, they would respond the way I did as an eight-year-old: with complaining and anger (Isa 50.1). And what God had to say to them, frankly, was what my mom said to me when I was a boy.

Title: Beaten but Vindicated: The Third Servant Song

Text: Isaiah 50

Overview

  • complaint
  • Servant
  • union
  • disciple

Resources

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Preparation for Worship (1/30/16)

Scripture to consider: Isaiah 50

1 This is what the Lord says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
    with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
    did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
    because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Was my arm too short to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea,
    I turn rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness
    and make sackcloth its covering.”

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near.
    Who then will bring charges against me?
    Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
    Let him confront me!
It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
    Who will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
    the moths will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires
    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
    and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
    You will lie down in torment.

photo courtesy of a walk in the dark

Thought to ponder:

“To walk in darkness and have no light is part of the description of the one who fears [the Lord] & hears [the word of his serv]. Those who commit themselves to the Servant-way will have a Servant-experience, normative for them because true of him. It is not an indication that they have missed the will of God but is, as for the Servant, intrinsic to the life of obedience.”

Alec Motyer, p. 401

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This Weekend at First (1/29/16)

We’re planning a busy weekend at First! Here’s how you can participate:

Tonight at 7pm: Joy Davidman Book Event

Joy_Book_Promo--front copyJoin us for a conversation with the author of the new critically-acclaimed biography of Joy Davidman, the wife of C. S. Lewis. The evening will begin at 7pm with a talk by the author, Abigail Santamaria, about Ms. Davidman, which will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session. Afterwards you can meet the author, purchase your copy of Joy, and have it signed. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends from the neighborhood to our church.

Tomorrow at 6pm: Geneva Conservatory Faculty Concert

The Geneva Conservatory of Music will present a concert featuring their faculty members. The Conservatory works in accordance with the values, purpose, and mission of the Geneva School of Manhattan, a coeducational school offering a classical, Christian education for students through eighth grade. The concert will benefit both the Conservatory as well as our church’s boiler fund. Make your plans to be here, and bring a friend. The concert begins at 6pm.

Sunday at 9.45am: Sunday School

Sunday at 10.40am: Pre-service prayer meeting

Sunday at 11am: Sunday worship service

Here are the songs we plan to sing:

  • “O Worship the King”
  • “Behold Our God”
  • “Mercies Anew”
  • “When I Survey”
  • “In Christ Alone”
  • “To the Praise of His Glorious Grace”

These songs and more can be found on our free Spotify playlist.

The sermon text will be Isaiah 50.1–11.

New Members

This past Sunday we added seven new members into our church family. Welcome Brian Coleman, Jonas Pachuski, Daniel Wheeldon, Carolina and Persio Lopez, and Brooke and Nathan Santamaria! Be sure to greet them this Sunday, and welcome them to our family.

Saturday, February 6 at 6pm: Worship Team Vision Casting Dinner

If you would like to serve during our Sunday worship services, please make your plans to attend a dinner at the church next Saturday at 6pm. This includes people of a wide variety of interests: from instrumentalists, singers, and worship leaders, to audio-visual volunteers and setup/teardown crews. Please contact Steven Mann for more information.

Sunday, February 7 at 11am: Safe Families for Children

We will be joined in worship by representatives of Safe Families for Children, an initiative to serve needy parents in the city by providing emergency, temporary hospitality for at risk children. You’ll hear more about them during the worship service, then have the opportunity to ask questions after the service in the Chapel. Let’s pray that the Spirit would give us wisdom as we consider how we might have a part in this very important ministry.

Sunday, February 21 at 1pm: Annual Meeting Adjournment

The Annual Meeting was adjourned until Sunday, February 21 at 1pm. When the meeting resumes, we will vote on new members, the 2016 budget, and a range of officers. These members are finishing their terms:

  • Deacon: Winston James, Nick Peterson
  • Trustee: Elsie Cadet-Greig, Wendy Coates, Jan Regalia
  • Clerk: Donna Stephenson

Coming soon: New Members Class

We are making plans for our next New Members Class. If you are interested in participating, please email Daniel Koo at info@firstnyc.org.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

 

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