rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).
Yesterday, our brothers and sisters in Christ at Kaunda Square Lutheran Church in Lusaka returned to worship for the first time since the pandemic forced churches to close. It was a year ago that several of us were able to tour the school there and worship with them. (Click here to see a 3 minute summary of the trip.) The picture above is Pastor Kangongo, rejoicing as God’s people returned to worship.
As we continue our own return-to-worship plans, please contend in prayer (see daily devotion below) for your fellow Christians all over the world as they too return to worship.
If you were not able to worship with us yet, here are the links. This weekend’s worship folder is attached.
- Traditional Service
- Traditional Service starting at the message
- The Bridge Service
- The Bridge Service starting at the message
God’s people are gradually coming back to worship. Our attendance was:
- Wednesday – 30
- Saturday – 72
- 7:45 Sunday – 71
- 9:15 Sunday – 94
- 10:45 Sunday – 54
- The Bridge – 85
Even with pews blocked off in the sanctuary and “pods” of chairs in the balcony and in the Trinity Gym, there has been room in all our services for additional attendance.
Attached is the letter detailing our worship plans. If you look at the attached worship folder, you will notice that the worship experience is very close to what we have always enjoyed. This weekend we will have communion in our services.
If you are concerned about the number of people present in a service, we would encourage you to consider worshiping on Wednesday evening which has always been our lowest attended service.
Daily Bible Reading
I have a new appreciation for the power of prayer as I think about Paul’s comment in Colossians 2:1, “I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.”
Paul was a thousand miles away in prison in Rome. How could he “contend” for the Christians in Colossae and Laodicea? He was contending for them in prayer.
I mention this because in our New Testament reading, Jesus asks for his disciples to pray for him. He too knew the power of prayer. Read Luke 22:24-46 here.
In our Old Testament reading (Psalms 67-69), we see prayer in action:
- Psalm 67 – God’s Old Testament Church prays that all people might know the LORD and praise him. It is a missionary prayer.
- Psalm 68 – God’s Old Testament Church celebrates the “ascension” of the LORD as the ark is being brought up to Jerusalem. This is a foreshadowing of the Ascension of our Savior and his victory. Let us contend for the Church in Lusaka and elsewhere by praying that our Savior will defeat the enemies of God’s Church.
- Psalm 69 – The Messiah prays through the mouth of his ancestor David. It is one of the most often quoted psalms in the New Testament. One phrase surprises us in the mouth of the Savior: “You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.” The Savior contends for us by claiming our guilt as his own. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Let us join our Savior and contend for our fellow Christians through prayer.
“The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people” (Psalm 69:33).
Your brother contending for you in prayer,