Sermon Series on Psalm 51 and 147

Holy Spirit, Create Me New!

This week (August 2nd/ 5th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, services will highlight Psalm 51 (especially verses 10-12). This Psalm was written by King David as a confession and an appeal, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and murdered her husband! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will speak of the excuses, complaints, and evasion that we often use to avoid facing our own sins. But in Psalm 51, King David admits “against you, you only have I sinned” and asks God to “create in me a clean heart, O God.”  The sermon theme will be "HOLY SPIRIT, CREATE ME NEW!” 

   I. You're starting with nothing...

  II. ...but You've made me a child of God!


Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!

Continuing with the congregation’s study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book), the following week (August 9th/12th) the service will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9). The theme (and wording for the division of the sermon) come directly from verses within the psalm.  The sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals!  He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him.  Firstfruits.  Festival of Weeks.  And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).  The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round.  And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it!  To shout it!  To share it!  To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"

   I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!

  II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel!

               (Psalm 147:1-9)

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).