“God, Our Liberator” Sermon for September 17, 2017





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Published on Sep 18, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Psalm 142; John 6:66-68

Pastor's Warmup for September 17:
Last Sunday, September 10th, was a glorious day in the life of WPC. By an overwhelming majority this congregation called the Rev. Dave Rohde to be only the third Pastor/Head of Staff in the almost 50 years of our church's life. Pastor Dave introduced his wife Hailey and their three beautiful children Ella (5), Thomas (3) and Piper
(4 months). Dave will officially begin his ministry with you on November 27th, but no doubt will be busy preparing for the family's arrival over the next several weeks. Praise God!

This Sunday, September 17th, we are finishing our Summer Psalms II series with Psalm 142, "God, Our Liberator." We will learn with the Psalmist that God frees us from our past, our mistakes and even from ourselves, so that we "may give thanks to the Lord's name." Then we will turn to our Gospel lesson in John 6:66-68 to hear anew Peter's stirring confession of faith, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

We saw so many members and friends of WPC last Sunday welcoming the Rohde family. I look forward to welcoming everyone this Sunday to worship at 9:30 am (traditional) and 11:15 (contemporary).

See you in church
Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

Psalm 142
With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.

I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

Look on my right hand and see— there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me.

I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

John 6:66-68
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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