January 14, 2016 in Church News
“He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” (Psalm 72:12)
This Sunday we will open our service with the beautiful Epiphany hymn “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed.” The second verse of this hymn always brings a smile to my face. As I sing the phrase “He comes with rescue speedy,” I always remember a choral version of this song that I sang, which used the hymn writer’s original words: “He comes with succour speedy.” It’s probably good that they changed the word in our hymnal since not too many people today are familiar with the word succour
. Some might be distracted by envisioning the Lord with a lollipop in his hand.
The root of the old English word succour is the Latin wordsuccurrere, which means “to run up to.” Someone who provides succour runs up to someone in need and helps them. This is a pretty good description for what our Savior does for us. We tell him our needs as we cry out to him in prayer and he comes quickly to help us. Of course, the greatest succour he provided for us was when he died for our sins and rescued us from eternal death. But he wasn’t finished there. He daily provides for our needs, take cares of us, rescues us from evils (some of which we may not even be aware).
It is comforting to know that we have a Lord who comes speedily to help us in every need. Even if all others turned their backs on us, he will never let us down. This is why we can pray with confidence and find comfort knowing that God’s answers to those prayers will always be for our eternal good as he comes with succour speedy.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
A Marriage Made in Heaven
Isaiah 62:1-5; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 2:1-11
Hymn of the Day:
“Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” (CW #82)
COG Breaking News
Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 24th
We will have a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, January 24th. At this meeting, we will discuss the state of ministry at Cross of Glory, our future outreach efforts, as well as hear from our realtor regarding the sale of the Learning Center. All members are encouraged to attend if possible.
Cross of Glory Book Club – Saturday, February 13th
The Cross of Glory Book Club will be having its first meeting of the year at the Hahms’ house on Saturday, February 13th starting at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book “Miracle in the Andes” by Nando Parrado. All are welcome. If you plan on attending, please email Heather Hahm at email@example.com.