I’m getting this out late this week. But I’m hopeful you can and will use this resource as you prepare for worship tomorrow.
We’ve walked with Ruth and Naomi from the beginning of their story and we are drawing near to the end. Reading the beginning of this story is sort of like watching the beginning of the movie Up, in that in short order (three verses, for Ruth) things look terrible. So the story is not primarily concerned with how things got bad (though that does matter), but with how they went from bad to good. Next week, we will see the implications of this story on the larger story of redemption. But this week, in this story, we have arrived. It brings to mind those weep-worthy words at the end of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings from Sam Gamgee, “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue?“
Scripture: Ruth 4:13-17
Sermon: “Turning Mourning Into Joy”
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne
Confession of Faith : Westminster Larger Catechism, Q. 54
Q. 54 How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?
A. Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fullness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and does gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnishes his ministers and people with gifts and graces, and makes intercession for them.