All services cancelled due to severe weather Sunday, September 10

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irma towards the coast all weekend services are cancelled for Sunday, September 10. We encourage all our church members to heed instructions from state and local authorities regarding evacuation plans and other plans related to hurricane-readiness. We anticipate all staff and leadership will evacuate from Charleston as well, but if you need assistance please contact the church at info@jicc.us. Finally, we ask our church family to remain prayerful for each other and for our family, friends, and neighbors here in the lowcountry.

Household Resources for Worship

Even though we will not be meeting corporately this Sunday, we encourage our church family to spend time individually in homes on Sunday morning in prayer, reading and considering God's word, and singing songs of praise. Perhaps reach out to others in our fellowship and try to gather together in homes in smaller groups for worship. Towards that end, here are a few resources to help in your time...

 

Prayer

As it looks like the worst of the Hurricane will miss us in Charleston, let's be prayerful for those people (particularly in Florida) who will begin feeling the fury of the storm very soon. John Piper has written a prayer as the hurricane approaches that asks God for mercy, all the while praising and acknowledging His power and sovereign rule over all creation. You can read it here.

 

Scripture

The Psalms of the day are a useful aid in worship and coming before the Lord through His word. The Psalms for September 10 are Psalm 10, 40, 70, 100, and 130. Here's the text of Psalm 40 - we encourage you to read it, meditate upon it, and pray through it together as a means of approaching and worshipping God.

Psalm 40 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. [1] I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. [2] He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. [3] He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. [4] Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! [5] You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. [6] In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. [7] Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: [8] I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” [9] I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. [10] I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. [11] As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! [12] For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me. [13] Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! [14] Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! [15] Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!” [16] But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” [17] As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! (ESV)

 

Singing

Finally, it's always good to spend time singing praises to the Lord - here are some links to songs that we sing regularly at JICC and are fitting for the day. Use these as tools to sing praise and express our hope and trust in God.

We Will Feast in the House of Zion

All the Poor and Powerless

God Is Able