27 March 2022 Sunday Morning Service

Psalms 68:7-20
Ephesians 4:1-16

68:7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah
68:8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
68:9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
68:10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.
68:11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
68:12 “Kings and armies flee in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder.
68:13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”
68:14 When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.
68:15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan.
68:16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
68:17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.
68:18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious–that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.
68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah
68:20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.

4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4:4 There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called–
4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
4:8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”
4:9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?
4:10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
4:11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
4:12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
4:16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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