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CONTRITION & COMMUNION

EXODUS 33

Sunday Blessing

For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.


– Psalm 33:4-5


How Majestic

Mothers, come adore His name

Sisters, raise your hands in praise

Lift your heads

Taste and see all He's done

Heaven and earth has come


Fathers, shout the victor's cry

Brothers, feast upon His life

Joy has dawned

Death has been overthrown

Mercy is on it's throne


O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth

O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth


Sinners, come behold your king

Sufferers, rise with hope and sing

All is well

Mercies are new this day

Burdens all met with grace


O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth

O Lord ,our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth


All helpless, all secure

All hopeful and all broken

All thankless and all poor

All peaceful and all violent


All fearless, all afraid

All angry, all rejoicing

All doubting, all assured

All joyful and all mourning


Come gaze upon His glory!

Come receive His love and mercy!

His grace declares His glory!

We are loved, forever wholly!


O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth

O Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name

In all the earth


Thy Mercy, My God

Thy mercy, my God

Is the theme of my song

The joy of my heart

And the boast of my tongue

Thy free grace alone

From the first to the last

Hath won my affections

And bound my soul fast


Without Thy sweet mercy

I could not live here

Sin would reduce me

To utter despair

But, through Thy free goodness

My spirit's revived

And He that first made me

Still keeps me alive


Thy mercy is more

Than a match for my heart

Which wonders to feel

Its own hardness depart

Dissolved by Thy goodness

I fall to the ground

And weep to the praise

Of the mercy I'’ve found


Hallelujah

Hallelujah


Great Father of mercies

Thy goodness I own

And the covenant love

Of Thy crucified Son

All praise to the Spirit

Whose whisper divine

Seals mercy and pardon

And righteousness mine


All praise to the Spirit

Whose whisper divine 

Seals mercy and pardon

And righteousness mine


Hallelujah

Hallelujah


Contrition & Communion

Exodus 33

BIG IDEA:


God’s love for us leads us to contrition for our sin and a longing for greater communion with Christ. 

The Command to Leave Sinai


33:1 The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ 2 I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”


4 When the people heard this disastrous word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.’” 6 Therefore the people of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.


The Tent of Meeting


7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord[a] would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.


Moses' Intercession


12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”


17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

Scripture & Quotes

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’, He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction as administered by the clergy; yet, it does not mean solely inner repentance; such inner repentance is worthless unless it produces various outward mortifications of the flesh.

- Martin Luther 


For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

- 2 Corinthians 7:10


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

- 1 John 2:15-16


So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.

- Hebrews 13:12-13


Communion with Christ first requires leaving the ways of living and loving according to the world. It will set us apart, it will be visible and it will be strange in the eyes of the world. But take heart, Jesus has overcome the world! 


...But I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. - John 15:15


Character is grown through communion.


How we pray in private affects how we live in public.


And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

- Matthew 6:5-6


Knowing is less about information and more about transformation; less about comprehension and more about being apprehended.

- Esther Lightcap Meek, Loving to Know 


For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

- 1 Corinthians 13:12 


...Not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.

- John 6:46


And whoever sees me sees him who sent me...

- John 12:46


The path of those who rise to God is unlimited. This is what is experienced by one who fixes his gaze on the infinite beauty of God. It is constantly being discovered anew and is always seen as something new and strange, in comparison with what the mind has already understood. And as God continues to reveal Himself, man continues to wonder. And he never exhausts his desire to see more, since what he is waiting for is always more magnificent, more divine, than all that he has already seen. So he feels wonder and amazement at what he is beginning to see. Yet he never, for all that, puts an end to his yearning for further vision.

- St. Gregory of Nyssa (4th Century)

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Jesus Paid it All

I hear the Savior say

Thy strength indeed is small

Child of weakness, watch and pray

Find in me thine all in all


Lord, now indeed I find

Thy power and thine alone

Jesus died my soul to save

And melt this heart of stone


Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow


And when before the throne

I stand in him complete

I will lay my trophies down

Lay them down at Jesus' feet


Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow


He washed

It white as snow


Oh, praise the One

Who paid my debt

And raised this life up

From the dead


Oh, praise the One

Who paid my debt

And raised this life up

From the dead


Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow


Oh God

In the valley

Oh God, you're near

In the quiet

Oh God, you're near

In the shadow

Oh God, you're near

At my breaking

Oh God, you're near


Oh God!

You never leave my side!

Your love

Will stand firm for all my life!


In my searching

Oh God, you're near

In my wandering

Oh God, you're near

When I feel alone

Oh God, you're near

At my lowest

Oh God, you're near


Oh God!

You never leave my side!

Your love

Will stand firm for all my life!


Height nor depth nor

Anything else

Could pull us apart

We are joined as

One by your blood


Hope will rise as

We become more

Than conquerors through

The one who loved the world


Height nor depth nor

Anything else

Could pull us apart

We are joined as

One by your blood


Hope will rise as

We become more

Than conquerors through

The one who loved the world


Oh God!

You never leave my side!

Your love

Will stand firm for all my life!


Oh God!

You never leave my side!

Your love

Will stand firm for all my life!


Sending Blessing

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.


– Psalm 33:20-22