Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: MP: God has nothing against pleasure – he’d just rather give you joy.

Long Branch Baptist Church

Halfway, Virginia; est. 1786

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Enter to Worship

Prelude David Witt


Invocation Michael Hollinger

*Opening Hymn #182

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

Welcome & Announcements

Morning Prayer [See Insert]

*Hymn #541

“The Joy of the Lord”

*Responsive Lesson [See Right]

*Hymn #270

“Joy to the World”

Offertory Mr. Witt


Praise God from whom all blessings flow / Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise him above, ye heavenly host / Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Scripture Nehemiah 8:9-12


“The Wait of Glory”

Invitation Hymn #774

“When the Roll is Called up Yonder”


*Congregational Response

May the grace of Christ our Savior / And the Father’s boundless love

With the Holy Spirit’s favor / Rest upon us from above. Amen.

* Congregation, please stand.

Depart To Serve


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

Though you have not seen him, you love him.

Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth, that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?

And I commend joy, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him!

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Php 4:4;Ps 32:11-33:1;1 Pe 1:8-9;Job 20:4-5;Ec 8:15;

1 Ch 16:26-27;1 Ch 16:29-33;Jn 15:11;Ro 15:13


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Jim Schulz

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9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” 11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Title: The Wait of Glory

Text: Nehemiah 8:10

MP: God has nothing against pleasure – he’d just rather give you joy.

<Nehemiah 8:9-12>>

The story goes that an older man and his wife decided they were going to get fit. They exercised; they stopped eating deserts, and changed their diet to be only that which was required for optimal nutrition and health. Sure enough, their bodies responded positively, and as the aged they found themselves able to travel. But sadly, crossing a busy street in one of these cities, they were both struck by a bus and killed.

As they passed through the pearly gates, with Peter giving them tour of the ultimate heavenly city, they gawked at the splendor of the streets paved with gold, the cherubim sing praises to God, and generally marveled at all the joys around them. Swept up the emotion of the place, the man turned to his wife and said, “See Edna: If you hadn’t put us on that stupid diet, we would have been here five years ago!”

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