Preparing To Rejoice In Him // February 28, 2021


“… We feel that there must be a missing page. Why would the story end so abruptly? One commentator, like many others, suggests: “[The book of Jonah] forces us to contemplate our personal destiny. It remains unfinished in order that we may provide our own conclusion… For you are Jonah; I am Jonah.” It is as if God shoots this arrow of a question at Jonah, but Jonah disappears, and we realize that the arrow is aimed at us. How will you answer?

Because the book of Jonah ends this way, the text invites us to write our own final paragraphs and chapters. That is, God calls us to apply this text to our own lives, in our own time and place. “

– Tim Keller, The Prodigal Prophet

God Calls Us To Worship : Psalm 145:8-13

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your[a] mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.



Worship In Song : Song List for Each Site

Olde Providence:
Living Hope – Phil Wickham
This I believe – Hillsong
Great Are You Lord – All Sons and Daughters
Abide With Me – Indelible Grace
Build My Life – Pat Barrett

South End:
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – The Dispatch
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Shane and Shane
Come Thou Fount – David Crowder
Mercy – Bethel Music
Great is Thy Faithfulness – traditional hymn
Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me – City Alight

Heal Us – Indelible Grace
Jesus What a Friend for Sinners – Indelible Grace
The Goodness of Jesus – City Alight
Abide With Me – Indelible Grace
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Shane and Shane



God’s Word Preached : Jonah 4:4-11

4 And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (ESV)

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