By Pastor Phil Cooley
As we near the conclusion to our sermon series Your Work Matters I want to share with you what is next. Beginning on August 19 we will explore the book of Psalms. The book of Psalms is one of the most cherished books of the Bible. Within it’s pages, the people of God express a wide range of emotion and thought. I have always found encouragement in the Psalms, seeing the people of God express praise, faith, hope but also acknowledging their fears and doubts. The Psalms communicate to me that God can handle whatever I am going through in life. His love and grace cover all of me, all of us.
Of course, the book of Psalms is the longest book in the English Bible and going through all of it would be a very long sermon series. So, we aren’t going to start in Psalm 1 and end with Psalm 150 sometime in 2021. Rather we are going to explore the major types of Psalms. We will see Psalms written to glorify God as king, Psalms that express the value of knowing and following God’s wisdom, Psalms of lament that express the rawness of our fear and pain, Psalms that thank God for his goodness and faithfulness and Psalms that praise God for who he is and what he does. My hope is that through this survey of the book of Psalms we might be blessed to know that whatever our present need and emotion is we can communicate it to God freely, expecting that he will never leave or reject us.
Those last two themes, thanksgiving and praise, are going to be the focus of our time together at the All Church Retreat, September 14-16. Our weekend retreat at Negro Bar State Park, just 15 minutes away from Cordova Neighborhood Church, is going to be a great time of fellowship, fun, and praise to God for his goodness to us. We are encouraging people to come for some or all of the weekend. There will be camping, Friday night to Sunday morning, for those that want to truly get away. For others, Saturday will be a full day of activities, food, and fun. For everyone, Sunday will be a time to gather for Sunday worship on the banks of the American River, and, I hope, see members of CNC baptized in the river. No matter how you want to spend your time that weekend, there will be ways for you to participate. Be sure to register for the weekend in the coming weeks.
I am excited as I look forward to our series on the Psalms and Fall Retreat. I hope that you are too.