A foretaste of heaven - in person or online

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on November 15, 2020

Today is Saints Triumphant Sunday. We will study Psalm 84a psalm of pilgrimage. Just as God's Old Testament people joined in a pilgrimage to go up to the temple in Jerusalem, so we are on a pilgrimage to the Holy City of God that John saw inRevelation 21-22 where we will join the Saints Triumphant. Our weekly worship is a foretaste of the joy and peace that we will experience there. Join us in person (find times here) or worship with us online (find all our online resources here)You can also find us on our YouTube channels, traditional service (click here) and The Bridge(click here). 

Attached are the Worship Folder and the Kids Club Family lesson.

Today's Bible Readings

Today we read two of my favorite parts of God's Word. The Old Testament lesson (find Ezekiel 9-11 here) continues a vision in which Ezekiel sees the Glory of the LORD depart from Jerusalem. At the end of his book, we will see the Glory of the LORD return. In Chapter 9, Ezekiel's vision also helps understand references in Revelation to the "mark of the beast" (Revelation 13:17) and "the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God" (Revelation 7:3). I'll explain next month when we read those sections of Revelation.

The New Testament lesson (find John 9:1-23 here)  records the miracle of the man born blind. Jesus told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. Between my two trips to Israel (2006 and 2008) the Pool of Siloam was discovered in Jerusalem. The picture below is what I was privileged to see in 2008. Whenever I read this lesson, I'm reminded that the accounts we are reading are history, rooted in time and space. 

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