May 2, 2021: God’s Providence and the Nations

An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.

And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low, and the fat of his flesh will grow lean. And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain and his arm harvests the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. Gleanings will be left in it, as when an olive tree is beaten—two or three berries in the top of the highest bough, four or five on the branches of a fruit tree, declares the Lord God of Israel. In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 17.1–7





Call to Worship: Psalm 138

Prayer of Invocation

Opening Hymn: #53 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Hymn: Great Is the Lord 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 17.1–6

Confession of Faith: The Heidelberg Catechism, Questions #27 and #28

Prayer of Confession of Sin

Hymn of Response: #76 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession to God


Sermon Title: God’s Providence and the Nations

Isaiah 17 (also chapters 15 and 16)

Rev. Martin Hawley

Closing Prayer

Closing Hymn: #453 All Authority and Power


Celebration of the Lord’s Supper


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