This week’s message, “Before the Throne of God,” will be delivered Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, by Pastor Rob.
Connect with Sunday’s Scripture
Prepare for Sunday worship by reading and studying the text Revelation 7:9-17 NRSV (see full text of scripture below)
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Scripture Reading : Nov. 1, at St. Stephen’s :Revelation 7:9-17 NRSV
The Multitude from Every Nation
9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Our most recent series that concluded Oct. 25, 2020
“Thankfulness,” an online worship series from St. Stephen’s
The Joy of Thankfulness, a message from Pastor Rob Robertson, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. Click on the video above to see the entire message.
Pastor Rob writes : the following six reasons are evident in our lesson today, Oct. 4, concerning David and the Ark of the Covenant making its way to Jerusalem.
Thankfulness glorifies God.
Thankfulness helps us see God.
Thankfulness draws us to God.
Thankfulness puts us in God’s will.
Thankfulness brings faith and peace.
Thankfulness begets joy.
I hope you will go back and re-read today’s lesson, 2 Samuel 6:12b-22, NRSV, to see how each of these six reasons for thankfulness impact David’s life and how your practice of thankfulness is so important in your walk with Christ and reaching out in love and grace to the world.
Create a Thankfulness Journal
Because we are too apt to forget the blessings of life when we are so caught up in it, I encourage each of you to create a Thankfulness Journal beginning today, and add to it for a least the next 30 days. Regardless if your journal is a fancy or a spiral notebook, write down all of the things that you have to be thankful for and keep adding to your list as you continue to remember your blessings and experience new one.
More about the Thankfulness series
Remaining series messages : October 18 and on Consecration Sunday, Oct. 25
The Worship Series for October beginning Sunday, Oct. 4 is “Thankfulness,” presented in support of our 2021 Stewardship Campaign. The series culminates on Commitment Sunday, October 25th, when we will celebrate the return of our Estimate of Giving cards. You’ll soon receive this card in the mail along with a brochure that includes information on our budget and the ministries your genorisity supports. We pray God’s blessing on St. Stephen’s and the campaign to support our ministries in 202
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