Laity Worship Service on October 09, 2016
Delivered By
Jerry Price and Sarah McSweeney Accompanist
Delivered On
October 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 17:11-19
Why Don't My Prayers Get Answered


Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Psalm 66:1-12      

2 Timothy 2:8-15

        Luke 17:11-19 


Psalm 66:1-12New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout to God for joy, everyone on earth!
    Sing about the glory of his name!
    Give him glorious praise!
Say to God, “What wonderful things you do!
    Your power is so great
    that your enemies bow down to you in fear.
Everyone on earth bows down to you.
    They sing praise to you.
    They sing the praises of your name.”

Come and see what God has done.
    See what wonderful things he has done for people!
He turned the Red Sea into dry land.
    The people of Israel passed through the waters on foot.
    Come, let us be full of joy because of what he did.
He rules by his power forever.
    His eyes watch the nations.
    Let no one who refuses to obey him rise up against him.

Praise our God, all you nations.
    Let the sound of the praise you give him be heard.
He has kept us alive.
    He has kept our feet from slipping.
10 God, you have tested us.
    You put us through fire to make us like silver.
11 You put us in prison.
    You placed heavy loads on our backs.
12 You let our enemies ride their chariots over our heads.
    We went through fire and water.
But you brought us to a place
    where we have everything we need.


Pastor's Summary of Psalm 66

"All the earth" (not only Isreal) is invited to join in praising God, seen as powerful in his "deeds" (v. 3). Throughout the Exodus, from crossing the Red Seas to passing through the Jordan "on foot" (v. 6)-indeed throughout history- he has done great things "among mortals" (v. 5). His rule is world-wide, over all "the nations" (v. 7)-so may those who consider rebellion think again!

Vv. 8-12 are a communal thanksgiving. God preserves us in life (v. 9a); he protects us. In past difficulties he has "tested us" (v. 10), purifying us as "silver" ore is changed to pure silver. Israel has been subjugated by other people; (perhaps during the Exile). yet after enduring every kind of difficulty (""through fire and...water", v. 12), God has brought her to freedom again. In vv. 13-20, an individual (perhaps the king) vows to offer sacrifice in the Temple in thanks. He invites the community to hear "what [God]...has done for me" (v. 16). He was repentant so God listened to him (v. 19) and has heeded his requests made in prayer. "Blessed be God" (v. 20) for hearing and for his covenant ("steadfast") love.