Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
This coming Lord’s Day we will bring our study of the life of king David to a conclusion as we consider 2 Samuel 12:10-25.
The story of David’s sin ends with the death of his son, born to Bathsheba, and the account of David’s grieving in the aftermath of this horrific loss. In these verses we are exposed to a deeply moving scene as the king walks through that awful ‘valley of the shadow of death,’ and seeks the mercy and favor of the Lord on behalf of his desperately ill son.
He prays, he fasts, he humbles himself before the Lord, begging for the recovery of his child. And yet, the prophetic word announced by Nathan concerning the eventual death of David’s son will come true (v. 19).
What is most instructive for us is what David does next (vv. 20-24). I’ll not spoil the surprise here, but I will say that he does what we might not expect. His reaction to the Lord’s discipline is quite remarkable, and it will serve as a most worthy model for future generations of believers in Christ.
And then, as I indicated last week, the episode also concludes with a most magnificent promise, one triumphantly arising from the smoking ruins of David’s greatest failure (vv. 24-25).
The Lord provides another son; a son with two names! And with his birth will come the very embodiment of God’s unfailing promise to bring One into this world who will undo all of the damage and destruction unleashed by David’s sins, and our sins, and those of the whole world!
What a wonderful and encouraging passage this is! And I can’t wait to explore it with you this Lord’s Day!
All my love always,
Nov 24, 4:30 PM – Youth Group at Church
Nov 24, 4:30 PM – Youth Presbytery-Wide Roots Retreat Informational Meeting for Parents at Church (back classroom/preK/Kinder class)
Nov 24, 6 PM – Career/Singles Bible Study at Daughtry Home
Nov 26, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
Nov 26, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study
Nov 27, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study
Dec 3, 9 AM – Senior Fellows breakfast at the church house.
Dec 3, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Team B Lunch Feeding at the Downtown Rescue Mission
Dec 4, 12 PM – Women’s Christmas Brunch
Dec 8, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
Dec 10, 6 PM – Ladies’ Christmas Dinner at Huntsville Country Club
Dec 11, 9:20 AM – Senior Fellows visit the Floyd E. “Tut” Vann State Veterans Home
Dec 13, 11:15 AM – Senior Fellows Team A lunch feeding at the Downtown Rescue Mission
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah
It Is Well With My Soul – Hymn 691 v.1-4
Be Thou My Vision – Hymn 642 v.1-2, 4-5
Give Us Clean Hands
Men’s Morning Study:
The men are meeting at Panera at Bridge Street on Tuesdays at 6 AM to study Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an ongoing weekly bible study and fellowship at 5:30 PM Sunday evenings at the home of Jim and Sharon Daughtry. Also of interest, on Monday, November 18, Botanical Gardens Galaxy of Lights dog walking night (although, bringing a dog is optional!). Meet at the tent entrance at 6:00. Hot chocolate and fellowship afterwards at the home of Kerry Tameling.
Transportation for Jean Terry to Worship
Steve Terry’s treatment, which will take place in Arkansas, will be a long process – 42 weeks. So, we as a church body have the opportunity to serve this sweet family during the difficult road ahead. One way we can serve and bless them is to provide transportation for Jean Terry, Steve’s mom, to and from worship service. A link is provided to sign up if you are able to help in this manner. Please contact Kim Fohrell if you have questions about serving. Click HERE to volunteer to drive Ms. Jean to and from worship service.
College Student Care Packages:
Thank you for all those who contributed or packed packages for the students in college. We sent out almost 20 packages on Thursday, and we pray that they will bless our college students as they enter into exams and their breaks.
CPC Christmas Collection for Downtown Rescue Mission:
This Christmas season we will provide support in the name of Christ to the Downtown Rescue Mission (DRM), which for more than four decades has provided compassionate, Christ-centered programs and services to help those in desperate need. On Sundays in December, we will collect the following new or good condition used items for men, women and children in labeled containers in the church narthex: Undergarments (only new), Winter outerwear clothing, Nonperishable food, USB thumb drives, Headphones for computers, Lotion, Kleenex, and other toiletry items, Diapers/pull-ups. For more information or questions, contact Norman Dean or Joe Sims.
Men’s Lunch Groups:
Today is the last Sunday to sign up for a Men’s Lunch Fellowship Group. More information and sign up sheets may be found in the Narthex. For questions please see Norman Dean.
Youth Bible Study for Middle and High School is the following dates:
Sunday November 24–4:30 PM at the Church
Sunday December 8–4:30 PM at the Church
Second Sunday Lunches:
Many of you remarked to me that you’ve only been able to come to one or two lunches because of forgetting or making other plans – well let me encourage you to mark your calendars! 😉
We plan to continue each 2nd Sunday of the month from December through May. The May lunch will most likely move to the 3rd Sunday because of Mother’s Day.
December 8, and January 12 are the next ones coming up. Please make plans to join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship. And please welcome visitors to stay and join us to eat!
***A word of thanks to all the MANY helpers who prep, set out tables, serve the meals, bring food or dessert or tea, and those who linger to clean up – THANK YOU for making these lunches a great success. It is a pleasure to work alongside you and serve the church body this way.
Sincerely in Christ,
Women’s Fellowship Opportunities:
The Christmas Brunch for the weekly bible studies is December 4th at 12 pm.
The annual Ladies’ Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 10th, at 6 pm at Huntsville Country Club. Email Denise Scrip to volunteer to help with the event.
Mark your calendars for these fellowship opportunities. Contact Denise Scrip for any questions.
Here is a list of Senior Fellows events for December:
9 AM, Tues, December 3 – Breakfast at the church house. Visitors welcome.
11:15 AM, Tues, December 3 – Team B Lunch Feeding at the Downtown Rescue Mission
9:20 AM, Wednesday, December 11 – visit the Floyd E. “Tut” Vann State Veterans Home (2701 Meridian St, Huntsville). Meet at entrance to the Vet Home. Carpools from the church 8:30 AM. Purpose is to bring some Christ centered Christmas joy to “ Americas Best”. Visit will consist of setting down one-on-one talking to the Vets. Bring unwrapped gifts (optional) which will be distributed by the Vet Home Staff. Lunch follows the visit. Visitors welcome. Questions see Andy Trent.
11:15 AM, Friday, Dec 13 – Team A lunch feeding at the Downtown Rescue Mission
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Steve Terry, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Thoms, expecting in November, and the Brackins, expecting in March.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA).
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